Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Busy Bee Day Camp at Gardner Village: Part 1 of 2

We’re a month into summer. Have the “I’m bored”s begun? Gardner Village has just the trick for turning a basic summer day into a memorable experience your children will love—our Busy Bee Summer Camp. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this all-day event, which is happening all summer long at several of your favorite Gardner Village shops. 

What to Expect
Our Busy Bee Summer Camp takes campers to 8-10 of our beloved shops, with activities offered at each. From face painting and jewelry making to gardening and taffy pulling, your children will walk away with new skills and special memories. 

In this two-part blog post, we’re going to take you inside a day at camp, starting with the following stops:
  • The Bead Farm
  • The Naborhood Bakery
  • Georgell Doll Shop
  • LuLu's Boutique

Stop #1: The Bead Farm

The fun begins at stop number 1, where children are invited to pick from the impressive assortment of beads on display in this charming shop, which they'll use to create their own bracelet or keychain. 

The kids will love selecting their beads and forming their patterns, and the staff offers hands-on help so children of all ages can enjoy designing fashionable pieces. 

Forget the button. It's the bead you'll be seeking in a game of Who’s Got the Bead, which is played to conclude the fun at this stop (time permitting). 

A good time will definitely be had by all campers at this creative stop!

Stop #2: The Naborhood Bakery

Next stop: lunch! 

No hot campfire cooking here. Instead, children will stay cool inside this bakery that's being remodeled, where they'll select from any of the many items on the children’s menu. This deliciousness includes the choice of a tasty, handmade dessert and a juice, fountain drink or water. 

It’s so nice that this stop is early on, as it allowed campers a chance to relax and get to know each other a bit better before continuing on with their activity-filled journey.

Once kids are full and satisfied, it's off to the next stop on this happy camper adventure. 

Stop #3: Georgell Doll Shop

Time for a magical trip into fairy wonderland found on the back patio of Georgell Doll Shop. 

Here, campers enjoy customizing their own fairy dust jars. Each jar of magic comes with a star “kiss” wand so the kids can add fairy kisses to their faces. Sweet! 

Once the sparkling bottles are complete, a game of NAME is played, where campers work together to find each whimsical item on the list. 

And what’s a fairy garden visit without a pair of fairy wings? 

The kids color their own set, allowing them to enjoy another session of vibrant creativity.

Full of wonder, the kids will now be ready to take flight onto the next leg of their journey. 

Stop #4: LuLu's Boutique

Keeping with the creativity, children will add pretty paint to wood birdhouses. 

With numerous paint colors and styles to choose from, each child will easily be able to customize their creations. 

Take a look at this young artist. Amazing!

Once Tweetie has a colorful new home, the kids will continue on with their journey. 

To Be Continued... 
Join us next week, as we look at stops 5-8 of this fun-filled afternoon. In the meantime, here are a few more fun camp facts. 

Something for You, Too! 
While your kids are busy crafting and camping, you can enjoy the delights each of these shops have to offer. Here's a look inside LuLu's Boutique—such a cute store! 

Busy Bee Camp Facts
1. Each camper receives their own tote bag and keychain, making it easy to carry their treasures from stop to stop.

2. Campers are provided with a camp passport, which will be stamped at each stop along the way—a fun token of their trip.

3. Parents are asked to stay with campers as they experience camp.

4. A full day of camp, including all 8 stops, is only $40. Two bonus stops are offered at an additional expense. Stop 1 is Kamille's, where campers will take an arm knitting class for only $5. Stop 2 is at the Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon, where campers will relax with a mini manicure for only $6. Score! 

5. If your children are anything like mine, they’ll talk about camp for days afterwards. Since attending last week, my three-year-old brings it up every morning and asks if we can return. 

6. Camp is open to children of all ages. 

7. Camp runs every Tuesday from June 16 through Aug. 11. You have two daily session choices—either 10:30 to 2:30 or 11:30 to 3:30. We hope to see you at an event soon!

And the Winner Is...
Oh, before we go, we have exciting news! It's time to announce the winner of our Dolly & Me Tea Party at Georgell Doll Shop! Thanks to all who entered. The lucky party goer is... 

"My daughter's two favorite things in the world are tea parties and fairies! This would be magical!!"--Haylee

Haylee, please e-mail marketing@gardnervillage.com to claim your prize. You have two weeks to claim your prize before we seek another winner. Thank you. We hope you love your outing! 

See You Soon! See you next week, when we continue this look inside Busy Bee Camp, including holding baby bunnies, crafting fairy gardens and gnome homes, face painting and taffy pulling. So much fun, all in one convenient stop. See you soon!

Megan Hoeppner 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free Fairy Party Download + Tea Party Giveaway + DIY Party Decor

Welcome back to our high tea highlights, friends! Last week, we shared a look inside the Dolly & Me Fairy Garden Tea at Georgell Doll Shop at Gardner Village. Such whimsical fun was had by all!

This week, we have details on a second delightful option offered by Georgell Doll Shop that may interest you—renting their patio space for your own private party.

The space is river-lined and flower-filled, making an absolutely beautiful setting for any gathering!

Yes, all of this gorgeous space can be yours, including the incredibly detailed, handmade fairy-house display, the tables and chairs, and space to set up your party elements.

Wanting to add my own creative touches to my daughter's third birthday party, I knew this was just the approach for me. And the outcome was nothing short of enchanting! Here's a look at a few of the pieces I brought in to make the fairy atmosphere my own.

Party Play
We were celebrating in a magical garden, so it only seemed appropriate to create a little of our own magic for my little guests to take home. Thus, I created these Fairy Garden Kits.

I filled gable boxes with artificial flowers, rocks, wood slices, a platter, and, of course, a small wood house, just right for a fairy. I picked up most of these items at a local craft store. Some things were purchased at my neighborhood dollar store. The shops at Gardner Village even have a thing or two. Try Georgell Doll Shop, Aunt Elsie's, The Bead Farm and Lulu's Boutique.

I used little bags to separate the various garden elements, making it easy for the youngsters to pick and choose what they wanted.

I also provided acrylic paint so each child could paint their own wood house. They had so much fun with this!

I brought soil and moss so children could pick the base they wanted for their forest oasis. The result was a fun hour of crafting and a bunch of darling gardens that some lucky fairies will ultimately be able to call home.

Party Favors
Wanting to show my appreciation to both the children and their moms for attending, I created a few fairy-inspired party favors.

First, I used a butterfly-shaped paper punch to cut butterflies from self-adhesive glitter paper. I then attached them to small kraft notebooks. To finish the design, I tied on twig pencils, which I purchased online. It was such a fun and fast way to give the moms a little garden gift.

I also gave my moms small succulents, complete with a Gardner Village fairy garden pick (free!). More on that freebie soon. :)

For the kiddos, I bagged up rock candy fairy crystals and gummy butterflies.

I wrote the following little note from my daughter on each bag's tag:
Just fluttering by to thank you for helping make my birthday sparkle. Love, Maggie

And what would a fairy party be without a little magic pixie dust from Georgell Doll Shop? You can buy all colors of this magical glitter while you're there.

Fairy Decor
Wanting to personalize the beautiful patio space (not really necessary, as it's lovely all on its own), my husband and I created a few pieces. Yes, I got my Mr. in on the act. I'm all for help where I can find it. ;)

To spell M-A-G-G-I-E out of flowers, my husband took the fronts off of paper mache letters. He then spray painted the letters and cut floral foam to fill each.

With the letters painted, filled, and ready to go, I then added the artificial flowers. It was so easy. They just poked right in! (Thanks for doing the hard parts, hon!)

For the "She is 3!" wreath, I simply stuck a few artificial flowers in a twig wreath. I then used rub-ons and chipboard banners pieces to spell out the sentiment.

Both of these projects came together quickly. Yay!

Great for Birthdays
Celebrating those summer birthdays can be extra special on this lovely, fairy-lined patio. Even if you simply gather to enjoy some treats and open presents, forgoing all of the other extras, you're sure to have an amazing time. It's just nice to know that they let you make what you want of your unique experience.

Fairy Garden Patio Party Details
* $75 first hour (includes 30 min. before and after event)
* $175 patio rental with fairy house tours exhibit (includes 30 min. before and after event)
* $50 each additional hour
* Call Georgell Doll Shop at Gardner Village at 801.561.1485 for details

Giveaway Details
Want to see the Georgell Doll Shop patio for yourself? Now's your chance to enter to win a Dolly & Me Fairy Garden Tea Party for four. Simply leave your comment here between now and Monday, June 29 for your chance to win. For a second entry, do the same on this post. Our lucky fairy friend will be announced on next Wednesday's blog post, so make sure you check back for your name.

Note: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Free Party Downloads
Everyone walks away a winner with this post, thanks to these free downloads from your friends at Gardner Village. Whether you're visiting us this summer to have a fairy party or you simply want to create a festive mood at home, you can use these free printables to add your own personalized touch.

Wrap these cuties around straws to create flags, at the tops of toothpicks for garden picks, and more!

Use these cute fold-overs as bag toppers or place cards at the tables. They offer lots of potential.

To save and print these files, follow these steps:

1. Right click on image.
2. Click Save As to name and save file.
3. Print file at home, cut the pieces out, and enjoy.
It's that easy!

OR FOLLOW THIS LINK TO the Gardner Village website to print.

And just look at the cute touches a few printed pieces will add to any party.

Thanks for taking this trip down Whimsy Way with me. And a special thanks to those at Georgell Doll Shop here at Gardner Village who do so much to make the magic real!

Megan Hoeppner