Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Time To Get Groovy!

It's time to get funky with the "Village" people at Friday Night Fever on April 25 from 6-10pm. There will be out-of-sight savings in every shop, tasty treats in all of our eateries and groovy music to disco for prizes.

Show off your sweet threads in the Disco Parades at the main stage at 7:45 and 9:15pm.

4 Tips on How To Dress Disco:

Tip 1: Far-out fabrics
Disco is all about shiny, colorful fabrics.
You want your stretchy, shiny material to reflect the glow of the disco ball!

Tip 2: It's all about the hair!
Some girls choose to go with long, straight styles, while others choose
a bigger option. It's all about gettin' groovy and having fun!

Tip 3: Own it!
For the men, it's all about wearing the style with confidence!
Braun Ravolta owns the bell-bottom style!

Tip 4: The funkier the better!
Braun Ravolta and Funky Frieda boogie down in their disco attire. Can you dig it?!

Our Top 10 Favorite Disco Songs:

Because we all know that a disco night wouldn't be complete without some far-out tunes, check out our favorite list of disco tunes. Which groovy songs would you like to hear at our Friday Night Fever?! Leave us a comment, and you just might hear it that night!
  • Walter Murphy - A Fifth Of Beethoven
  • Heatwave - Boogie Nights
  • Van McCoy - The Hustle (Join us at 7pm that night at the main stage to learn The Hustle!)
  • Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
  • Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (No disco party is complete without this song! Join us at the main stage at 8:30pm to dance to this song!)
  • KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Bootie)
  • Abba - Dancing Queen
  • Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
  • Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing
  • Earth Wind and Fire - Let's Groove

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Brunch Recipe: Baked French Toast

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This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 20th. A beloved family tradition for many is to enjoy a delicious brunch meal together.
Enjoy brunch with us!
Easter Event IconOne of our favorite traditions at Gardner Village is being able to serve you and your families Easter brunch. The Gathering Place, on the north end of the Village, will be serving brunch on Easter Sunday from 9am to 2pm.

Enjoy made-to-order omelets and crepes, as well other breakfast and lunch items such as fresh salads and your favorite carved meats. Make sure to save room for the chocolate fountain with Belgian milk chocolate and a full array of dippers.

Reservations will not be accepted, and are on a first-come, first-served seating. Adults are $21.95 and kids 3-11 are $12.95.

For those of you serving brunch at home, Shauna at The Gathering Place has shared the recipe for their popular Baked French Toast, which can be made ahead of time the night before, leaving more time for celebrating with family.

Baked French Toast
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Delicious Baked French Toast
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Crumble Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup

Crumble Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Crumble Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with warm maple syrup.

More Easter fun at Gardner Village:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Brunch Giveaway Winner

Who else is enjoying this beautiful weather? Things are blooming here at the Village and if you haven't stopped by lately, you need to come! We want to give a ginormous THANK YOU to The Gathering Place for giving away two vouchers for Easter Brunch, and an even bigger THANK YOU to all who entered! We had an overwhelming response to the giveaway and it definitely wouldn't have been such a great success without all of you!

Without further adieu, congratulations Emily Pierce Western!!! Please click here and fill out your contact information so that we can mail those vouchers to you. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you again to everyone for participating. Don't forget to keep checking in on our Facebook Page , Instagram account (gardnervillage) and here on the blog for more information on events, giveaways and fun finds here at the Village. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun Easter Finds

Easter is the time of year when flowers are in bloom and everything is new. Getting a new Easter outfit is part of that.

Check out these Easter outfits and other fun Easter finds we found while wandering the Village:

Sassy Babies:

At Sassy Babies, you can find frilly dresses for girls, boys ties ranging in size newborn to eight years, and other great Easter clothing needs. Their colorful teething rings are great in Easter baskets for younger babies.

Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique:
Little girls will feel like a princess in these pretty pastels
Georgell Doll Shop:
We found these Easter cuties inside Georgell Doll Shop

Celebrations by Modern Display:
These cute chicks and bunnies can be found in Celebrations

Country Furniture & Gifts:
Your Easter decor will be complete with these darling
items we found in  Country Furniture & Gifts
Storybook  Nook:
These limited-edition Beanie Boos and Easter books are great for Easter baskets!

Kamille's has these adorable knitted bunnies, eggs and chics!

Camera Shy:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Down to Earth Giveaway Winner

A big shout out goes out to everyone who participated in our Down To Earth giveaway. Thank you so much for participating!

Keep in touch through Instagram to see what other giveaways we've got going in store, speaking of which…have you heard about us giving away two tickets to Easter Brunch? Find us on Facebook, Instagram or check our previous blog post for more details!

Visit Down to Earth's Facebook page here for more product, sales and the like!

Sarahljohansen: please click this link and fill out your contact information! Thank you & congratulations!