UPDATE! Holiday Bash 2011 Highlights

Mums 'n Chums Holiday Bash for Toy Mountain

We couldn’t have possibly had more fun at the first Holiday Bash for Toy Mountain, and we couldn’t have possibly done it without you, our amazing members!


By Sara Hodge

Back in early November, I decided on a whim to host Mums ‘n Chums’ first Holiday Bash . I knew I wanted it to be incredibly fun, and free for Mums ‘n Chums members to participate, but also wanted to make sure it would somehow benefit a charity drive, particularly one that helps children. At the moment I was sitting on my couch thinking about it, I saw Tom Brown on CTV Toronto News mention the upcoming Toy Mountain campaign and instantly knew what I wanted to do. As with previous bashes we’ve done, I wanted to , but without much time to organize and prepare, it was a daunting task.

Luckily, around that same time, I had the honour of meeting Lisa Davis of Mommy Connections Mississauga. We had clicked the first time we met and knew we wanted to work together on something, but at the time it wasn’t clear what. But when the Toy Mountain party idea came to me, I knew who to call! Lisa and I excitedly agreed to be partners in organizing the Holiday Bash and I couldn’t be more thankful we did.

Holiday Bash Toy MountainLisa Davis and I with some of the toys we collected at the Holiday Bash. This was BEFORE the party started!!

Under a tight deadline, we pulled Holiday Bash together on limited resources, and ended up hosting an event that was far beyond our expectations.

Holiday Bash Toy Mountain

We loved seeing the kiddos making new friends and having a blast!

Thank you again to all of our fabulous sponsors (listed below) and to our venue host Taima Zone! Thanks also toAtomic Spark and Emily Krbec Photography for the great footage. Most of all, thanks to everyone who joined us and to everyone who contributed toys and support leading up to, and during, the party. We could not have done it without you. I’d like to also personally thank Lisa, as I could not have asked for a better partner- we work incredibly well together. So well, we’ve decided to do this again next year!

Check out our YouTube video with highlights from Holiday Bash!

Video by Atomic Spark

Take a peek at our Holiday Bash pictures!

Photos by Emily Krbec of Emily Krbec Photography

BIG thanks to the following fabulous sponsors!

Our fabulous venue sponsor, Taima Zone!

Taima Zone

Emily Krbec Photography

Emily Krbec Photography

Par-T-Perfect, Oakvill

Par-T-Perfect, Oakville

Rob Hewlett (a.k.a. Santa)

Le Dolci – Toronto’s fun, foodie studio!

Le Dolci – Toronto’s fun, foodie studio!

Shelly Butt, Realtor- iPro Realty- Georgetown, Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, Oakville

Shelly Butt, Realtor- iPro Realty- Georgetown, Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, Oakville

Big Daddy Kreativ

 Big Daddy Kreativ

Minuteman Press, Milton www.milton.minutemanpress.com/

Hasbro Canada

 Hasbro Canada

Tassimo Canada www.Tassimo.ca

Precious Moments Babeez, Doulas and More!

Precious Moments Babeez, Doulas and More!

Streetsville Academywww.sccacademy.com

The Pink Trunk

The Pink Trunk

Panago Pizza

Panago Pizza

Simply the Best Planning

Simply the Best Planning

Barley Sugar Creations

Barley Sugar Creations

Catwalk Girls

Catwalk Girls

Loveable Little Tree Huggers

 Loveable Little Tree Huggers

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Square One)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Square One)

Precious Peekaboos

Precious Peekaboos

MGA Entertainment

MGA Entertainment

Salsa Babies

 Salsa Babies

4 Cats Art Studio, Meadowvale

4 Cats Art Studio, Meadowvale

Roylco

Roylco

Teacup Piggies

Innovation First Labs (Hexbugs)

Innovation First Labs (Hexbugs)

Snugglebugz

Snugglebugz

Nannies on Call

Nannies on Call

Marg Saliba

Janet Hanlin, Independent Arbonne Representative

Boiron

Bows and Flows

Parents Canada Magazine

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!