1st Annual Cookies with Santa {EVENT RECAP}

The first Saturday in December, we kicked off the holiday season in a big way with our 1st Annual Cookies with Santa Holiday Celebration event at the fabulous Wisconsin State Fair Park and brought to us by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin!  children's hospital of wisconsin

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

All event photography seen here is by Hefferilt Photography! Specializing in newborns and birth, Maggie is an incredibly talented photographer who would love to help capture your family’s special memories. 

The Cookies

Cookies by Woodman’s Market

What’s a Cookies with Santa event without delectable treats?! Woodman’s Market provided the holiday cookies and all the decorating materials which had kids lining up to top their trees with frosting, sprinkles and M&Ms to create delicious holiday masterpieces. Be sure to check out the bakery section of your local Woodman’s Market for all your needs, including specialty cakes, cookies and more! 

For more photos of the Cookie Decorating courtesy of Woodman’s Market, CLICK HERE

Santa Photos

Meeting Santa was a special treat for kids and kids-at-heart alike at Cookies with Santa. The jolly old elf himself was in attendance, meeting kids and taking photos with families courtesy of Lulu B Photography! Thank you to Van Westen Orthodontics and The Corners of Brookfield for making the Santa photo station into such a special experience for everyone in attendance! 

Need to find your family’s Santa Photo? Click here! The link expires December 31, 2017. 

Letters to Santa

Thank you to Van Westen Orthodontics for the adorable Letters to Santa station where kids could concoct a personalized letter to Santa himself! 

Holiday Toy Donation Drive

Thanks to your genorsity, we were able to donate piles and piles of toys to Jack’s Toy Shop at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin!

 

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Royal visitors from Fairytale Birthday Company LLC not only got to meet Santa, but they delighted all our attendees, giving out hugs and smiles making holiday balloon creations, and even joining in a dance party! 

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Leea of Life’s a Party Face Painting showed off her skills with creating gorgeous holiday decorations (and a few Batmans!) on the faces of our little guests. Find her on our Birthday Party Guide to book for your next event! 

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Holiday Tunes + Bubbles + Princesses = A pretty epic holiday dance party! The Kid Boogie Down was dropping the holiday beat and everyone was getting in on the fun, even our princesses and Marco of Marco’s Pizza! This kid-friendly DJ does amazing dance parties, so you’re gonna want to check their calendar to be there for their next gig!! 

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When it’s time to take a breather from all the dancing and cookies, Mad Science Milwaukee put on an educational yet wicked cool science show that had kids’ undivided attention! Check out their Birthday Party packages for a birthday that seriously goes next level. 

The Elves' Workshop

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The Elves’ Workshop was an interactive zone full of our fabulous event sponsors who has brought family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy! Kids got to create and craft, play in the “snow,” enjoy holiday music, pose for photos and even wrap their special gift to give to someone!

Thank you to all the following sponsors who made the Elves’ Workshop such a highlight of this event! 

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Thank you to At Home Stores for all the gorgeous decor that made the Elves’ Workshop super festive! With locations in Greenfield and Wauwatosa, At Home is your one-stop shop for affordable and fabulous holiday decor! 

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Baby Jack & Co. is one of our favorite local companies because they truly live out their mission of #SpreadtheLovey! Guests at Cookies with Santa were able to purchase their sweet tag lovey blankets on site and Baby Jack & Co. matched that with a donation to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and more than 50 blankets were dontated!! 

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The Kids Dentist is well-known for making a kid’s visit to the dentist so much fun! Check them out in Mequon for a kid-friendly experience that will be making your little ones BEG to go see the dentist! 

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Bright Horizons has locations all over the greater Milwaukee area and are committed to providing quality childcare and early childhood education for families who need to be away from their kids during the day! 

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Goldfish Swim School helped kids make mini-aquariums that were a huge hit! Check out the new Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield for year-round swim lessons, family swims, birthday parties and more! 

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The Prairie School did what they do best — take engagement with kids to a whole new level! The sweet staff at The Prairie School helped kids make unique, stenciled tea towels that made for a very special gift! This private school in Wind Point, WI is devoted to exceptional education for each and every student and we were thrilled to have them there!! 

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Lots of families left with a new keepsake ornament to hang on the tree thanks to Uptown Art, who helped kids paint a sweet reindeer project! Located in Sussex, Uptown Art has birthday parties, classes and lots of opportunities for your budding artists to enjoy! 

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How cute is this?! Local publishing startup, Kwil Publishing, inspired kids to be their own book authors and illustrators and even created custom illustrations that got kids to “elf yourself!” 

The Food & Beverages

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From cookies to pizza, tea to egg nog, and so much more…..there was plenty to indulge in at Cookies with Santa! 

Thank you to all the following sponsors for bringing their A-game to the tummies of families at this event! 

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The cookies were definitely a highlight of the event thanks to Woodman’s Market

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For our gluten-free friends, these beautifully decorated cookies from How the Cookie Crumbles were both delicious and so so pretty. Plus, the extras doubled as a blessing to the Ronald McDonald House!! 

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Marco himself tore up the dance floor, but those slices of Marco’s Pizza were a definite crowd-pleaser! 

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You can’t have cookies without milk! Sassy Cow Creamery had samples of their delicious chocolate milk and, in honor of the season, eggnog!  

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We are now officially obsessed with DAVIDsTEA. Visit them at The Corners of Brookfield to see for yourself, but the samples at Cookies with Santa were amazing! The hot chocolate tea was absolutely divine!  

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Angelic Bakehouse was on site creating delicious and healthy snacks with their sprouted grain products, made right here in the Milwaukee area! 

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Whole Foods made sure everyone had some healthy snack options! 

Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors

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Thank You to Our Swag and Giveaway Sponsors

Photo Credit: Lulu B Photography
Photo Credit: Lulu B Photography

And of course, THANK YOU to the entire team who worked so hard to make this event possible! It’s because of your hard work that we get to enjoy events like this so thanks so very much!! 

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