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Posted on August 3, 2012
Music plays a very important role in the atmosphere of your picnic.  Selecting the right music can affect the entire dynamic of your event.  Upbeat music is very key to a fun picnic and is very effective if done right.  
That is why today’s edition of Picnic Tips is:

Check out our helpful tips below to make sure that you are blaring the right tunes at your big get-together.

1.  First things first, hire a professional.  
Leave it to a DJ to bring a wide variety of licensed and edited music.  If a DJ is not in the budget, then you will either want to rent or bring a PA system.  With this option, you can make your own playlist and DJ yourself, or just let the tunes play as background music.  Remember, you will also want a microphone for important announcements and awards.
2.  Mix It Up
Remember, especially if you have different age demographics in the group, to include everything from today’s top 40 to the classics and the oldies.
3.  Theme It Up
Songs like “Wipe Out” are super fun during games like water balloons.  “Twist and Shout” is perfect during hula hoop competitions.
At Faulkner’s Ranch, we have two main playlists.
1. All-American
This playlist includes such songs as Party in the USA (Miley Cyrus), All American Girl (Carrie Underwood), Proud to be an American (Lee Greenwood), Born in the USA (Bruce Springstien), Independence Day (Martina McBride), Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (Tobey Keith), American Honey (Lady Antebellum)
and
2. Wild Western
This playlist includes songs such as Country Girl Shake It For Me (Luke Bryan), Life’s a Dance (John Micheal Montgomery), If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (Alabama), Sweet Home Alabama, Cadillac Ranch (Chris LeDoux), Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy (Big and Rich), Redneck Woman (Gretchen Wilson), Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy (Chris Ledoux)

In addition to our two main playlists, we also have three playlist for special party events:

1.  Our Dance Floor Games for Kids playlist includes songs like the limbo, the hokey pokey, the chicken dance, and top 40 pop songs for musical chairs.

2.  Our Specialty Dances playlist includes songs such as the Cha Cha Slide, the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, and our very own Faulkner’s Ranch Boogie!
3.  Lastly, we also have a playlist called Jock Jams which is perfect for playing in the background during games like tug-of-war, pie eating contests, and potato sack races.  
And of course, every event ends with Happy Trails!
So, as you can see, to cover the music for an event it requires a wide variety of all different kinds.

The final way to ensure that your guests enjoy the music at your event is to take requests.
This can be done by sending out an e-mail and having employees reply with their requests.

Or, if you have hired a professional DJ, many provide websites where your employees can go to submit requests ahead of time.
Taking requests does more than just make sure that your guests get to hear the music they enjoy.  It also helps to create a buzz around the office about the company picnic.  Just one more useful tool to help increase attendance!

We hope that you find these tips helpful as you go about getting the music ready for your company picnic.
For more Picnic Tips, click here.
To learn more about having a company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch, click here.

Have a great day ya’ll!
~Your Friends at Faulkner’s

Posted on August 1, 2012

Saturday July 21st was a very special day here at Faulkner’s Ranch.
Over 200 guests showed up for our exclusive event, Ponies and Pancakes, to help benefit SIDS Resources.
Here are some fun facts about the day:
We served 520 pancakes….

The kids LOVED the whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles.

Surprise, Surprise!
We also served 400 of the most delicious sausage links….

We had 100 pony rides
and raised $2,300 for SIDS Resources!!!
This year we also added some fun new activities.
Rex Purefoy and his trick horse Radar entertained the crowds…
In case you missed out on the show, Rex and Radar will be back this fall for Pumpkin Season 2012.  Check our website in the future for dates and times!
Kids were also flying through the sky on Zippity Zack’s Zip Line…

Check out this 22 month old daredevil…

Go Sam!
We also want to give a big thanks to Greg Kartsonis with GameKart Mobile Gaming.
Everyone had a blast hanging out in the awesome air-conditioned trailer.
We can’t forget to mention our big giveaway where one lucky winner went home with a Faulkner’s Ranch Pony Party!!!
(Psssst – There is going to be another chance to win a Pony Party this fall!  Sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first to receive all the details!)
Overall the day was an absolute blast!
There is nothing as fun as having a great time on the ranch AND helping out a wonderful organization.

Don’t miss out on the next Ponies and Pancakes scheduled for Saturday, July 20th, 2013 from 8am to 11am.
A steering committee for that event will be assembled soon.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica Lillis (jessica@faulknersranch.com) or get in touch with SIDS Resources.
Once again, a big huge Faulkner’s thank you to everyone who came out and made this day so special!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on July 31, 2012

What can we say? We are just so proud of our Pony Campers!  It is a true delight to watch how they grow throughout the week.  We love watching them build friendships and become more comfortable with the horses.  Plus, we are always so impressed with what they do at the end of camp Pony Show – they’ve got some serious skills.
There’s no denying it…Pony Camp is where it’s at!
We had a lot of fantastic moments during this Pony Camp Season.  
Here are a few of our favorites:
The Pony Olympics
To get into the Olympic spirit this year, Sarah, our college intern, added a new group of activities to Pony Camp known as the Pony Camp Olympics.  Complete with an opening ceremony, seven different events, and a closing ceremony, the campers waved their flags and tried their hardest to win gold!

An Award Winning Pony Camper

Pony campers bring show and tell items.  This camper had something to share that she should be really proud of.  She competed in a horse show over the weekend and won 2nd place!  Way to go!!! And check out the size of that ribbon! How awesome is that?

Our Pony Beauty Salon

This year our ponies got the royal treatment at the Pony Camp Beauty Salon as campers learned all about how to care for their ponies.
Check out these awesome hairdos!  Lookin’ good gals!

Nothing like a cool bath to cool off on a hot summer day…

This next picture is really cool.  Campers learned how to do quarter marks.  Quarter marks are a type of ornamentation on a horse seen in certain types of exhibition or competition.  

Doesn’t it look cool?
Our First Loose Tooth
It wasn’t until our fourth session of pony camp that we had our first loose tooth.  Miss Juliana lost one of her front teeth.  She took the tooth home and got $1 from the Tooth Fairy.  She told us that she was going to put it in her college fund! So much wisdom at five years old!
Our Fantastic Teachers
We couldn’t talk about Pony Camp without talking about our fantastic teachers.  Pat and Vicki do such an amazing job.
Pat and Vicki
Plus we can’t forget our college intern, Sarah.  She is so creative!
Sarah takes a ride with the pony campers on the last day of camp.
Fun Fact: Pat has been teaching the kiddos in our family (some who are now all grown up) how to ride horses for over 20 years. 
Pat stays beside a young camper as they practice trotting.
Pat and Vicki work with small groups of campers to practice their pony skills.
Vicki leads one of the indoor pony games.
The Mama and Paparazzi
The last day of camp is very special.  It is the day when all of the little cowboys and cowgirls can show off their new skills and knowledge to their family and friends.  The campers put on a special performance followed by a demonstration of their new pony skills.

The End of Camp Pony Show

Speaking of that special performance on the last day of camp, check out the campers from session 4.  Didn’t they do an awesome job?

Our Pro Cowboys and Cowgirls
Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights this summer was watching the campers truly grow around the ponies.  By the end of the week they are able to ride unassisted and even pick up some speed!
Pony Camp 2012 was such a great time here at the ranch.

So great that spots are already filling up fast for Pony Camp 2013!

If you’re interested in reserving a spot for your little cowboy or cowgirls please contact us at 816-761-1234.
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on July 30, 2012
This past Friday wrapped up our final day of Pony Camp this summer.
Pony Camp was an amazing experience for everyone involved this summer and we couldn’t do it without the amazing group of teachers that work with our campers each week.
So today we want to shine the spotlight on one very special teacher, Sarah Brines, our pony camp intern.
We asked Sarah what her five favorite thing were about Pony Camp.
Read below to see what she had to say.
Howdy y’all! This is Sarah, the college intern here at Faulkner’s Ranch. 
This is my third summer at the ranch and my second year of doing pony camp. We’ve had some fantastic sessions this summer. So I have done my best to come up with my five favorite things about pony camp. It was very hard to pick just five but here they are! 
My 5 Favorite Things About Pony Camp
1.  All the different kids I meet and get to work with. 
Each week is a new mix of different personalities and attitudes and one of my favorite parts of every week is getting to meet and spend time with all the awesome campers. Every week is very different but always very fun.
2.  The questions the campers ask. 
I’ve gotten lots of awesome questions but my favorites are “Do you own a McDonalds?” “Do you smell like horses?” “Is there an old farmer around here?” and probably my all-time favorite occurred after showing the campers a picture of my fiancé, when one of the boys asked “Can I marry him?”
3.  Getting to plan things.
I love spending time thinking about pony camp and ways to make it better. I’ve been working on improvements for this year since we finished last year’s camp and I just love planning new activities and reworking our normal activities to make the week better. Creating the multi-day Pony Camp Olympics (a series of fun ranch games) has been one of my favorite additions to pony camp, and the campers certainly do enjoy it. 
4.  Seeing the kids grow throughout the week. 
I love not only seeing how much more comfortable the kids get with the ponies but also how they learn to get along with each other. 
5.  Seeing how happy the campers are!
At the beginning of every week I tell my campers that my job is to make sure they have as much fun as possible. I love seeing the campers smiling and my absolute favorite part is when the kids tell me their favorite part of camp is everything.
Thanks for reading! And if you’re interested in Pony Camp be sure to register. Next year’s camp dates are available and filling up fast!
Like we said, we couldn’t do it without our amazing teachers.
Pat and Vicki
You gals are the best of the best!
Thinking about Pony Camp for next summer? Registration has already begun for 2013 and spots are filling up fast! Visit our website for more details or call 816-761-1234 to register now.
Have a great day ya’ll!
PS – Congrats to Sarah on her engagement!  
Remember to rock some cowgirl boots with your dress!
Posted on July 20, 2012
With the Ponies and Pancakes this Saturday, we couldn’t think of a better time to introduce and put the spotlight on one of the coolest people at Faulkner’s Ranch
Jessica Lillis, the Director of Youth Programs.  
Jessica has been working at Faulkner’s since February and has booked hundreds of pony parties, camps, field trips, and weddings.
Read below to find out more about Jessica, her experiences at Faulkner’s Ranch, and the deep connection that she has to Ponies and Pancakes
Q&A with Jessica Lillis, Director of Youth Programs
Hi Jessica, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from New Jersey, met my hubby in Florida and we relocated with both our sons to the Midwest in June of 2010.  I enjoy being a mommy of 3 very special boys.  Reading, cooking/baking, lounging on the lake are some of my most favorite things to do. I love spending time with family and friends.
Jessica’s Beautiful Family
(From left to right: Emmanuel, Jessica, Corey, and Blaire)

What is your favorite/most rewarding part of working at Faulkner’s Ranch?  
I have more than one, aside from being able to be part of putting big smiles on little cowpokes’ faces, I love working for such a wonderful family! The Faulkner’s have really taken me in as their own.  It feels like I’m around my own family.  They are such wonderful, caring folks.  Oh, we can’t forget the special animals at the Ranch! I can’t pick just one!
Cowgirl Jessica and Cowgirl Christine at last year’s Ponies and Pancakes

We know that Ponies and Pancakes is a very special event for you.  Can you please explain to our readers why?  
4 years ago, my husband and I lost our son, Kyle Anthony Lillis to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  He is survived by his twin brother, Corey, now 4 1/2 years old and his older Brother, Emmanuel, 15 yrs old.  Kyle was a healthy, happy baby boy.  He was one day short of turning 4 months old.  He was sound asleep when he passed.  I miss him every single day that goes by.  We keep his memory alive and talk about Kyle all the time.  He is very much alive in our hearts.
Baby Kyle 

SIDS Resources of Kansas City became a special part in my life when I came to the area & met a fellow SIDS mom, Nicole Noblitt, who introduced me to the support group and helped me tremendously as a friend and mother of a SIDS baby herself.
Last year, I wanted to put together a family-oriented fundraiser to honor our son, Kyle.  I met with Christine and a SIDS Coordinator, Melissa Merriam to discuss how we could accomplish this.  Christine Loneman came up with the perfect name for this event “Ponies & Pancakes.”  It was perfect!  We had a great turn-out for the first year.  
 
Ponies and Pancakes Fall 2011
The Faulkner’s have really put their hearts and efforts into making this fundraiser a yearly event to help support a charity that is so dear to us.  As you can see, there is a lot of love involved in this event!!  We are so excited for this day and know that everyone will have a great time at Faulkner’s Ranch!
You get to work with lots of kiddos at the ranch so you must have some fun stories.  What is one of your favorites?  
During Pony Camp I get to introduce myself and explain my job duties at the ranch.  One of the kiddo’s asked me “do you get to ride the ponies all day?”  Watching the kiddo’s on the ranch, whether it is a Pony Birthday Party, Pony Camp, Field Trips, or Picnics, I really love seeing the big smiles on their faces.  You are never too old for fun at Faulkner’s Ranch.
Jessica and Corey on a field trip at Faulkner’s Ranch in October  2011

What are you looking forward to the most at Faulkner’s Ranch for the rest of 2012?  
For starters, we are gearing up for the huge pumpkin season in October.  Also, it really is fun booking all sorts of events and getting to work them as well.  I enjoy seeing all our staff; it is like our own family working together.
Jessica and her family at Faulkner’s Pumpkin Patch in 2011
Well, Jessica, it goes without a doubt that we are beyond glad that you are a part 
of the Faulkner Family! 
You are amazing!!!


Come say hi to Jessica and Support SIDS Resources at Ponies and Pancakes this Saturday, July 21st from 9am to noon.
Breakfast will be served inside the air-conditioned banquet barn and fun activities will follow!
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, refreshing OJ, ice-cold water, and coffee.
Once you chow down, trot on over to our air-conditioned activity barn complete with cow milking contests, a mechanical pony, rockin’ ropers, and more!
GameKart Mobile Video Game Theatre will also be at the Ranch for FREE GameKart Fun!
Stay cool outside with our misters and sprinklers. You can even treat our ponies to some special summer pampering with our pony sponge baths!
You don’t want to miss out on this fun morning!
We only swing our gates open to the public for very special occasions and this Saturday morning is one VERY special occasion.
We hope to see you on Saturday!
Posted on July 6, 2012
Today we want to wish a Happy Birthday to
One of the hardest working men we know…
The man who leads us all…
A great grandpa…
A fun father…
A loving son and brother…
A fantastic fisherman…
Who always makes us laugh…
He’s the host with the most…
And we love him so so much!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB!
Posted on July 2, 2012
One of the favorite parts of our job here at the ranch is all of the awesome people that we get to meet.
Recently, we had the privilege of hosting the company picnic for a really awesome group.
The company was called Shick Company and they make parts for assembly lines for the milling industry.
What we loved most about their event was how personal they made it.  They also did a fabulous job of showing just how much they appreciate their employees.
Here are a few of our favorite details from their picnic!

Shick Company didn’t just have a picnic, they had what they called “The Shicknic.”
How fun is that?
By giving the event it’s own unique name instead of just “the company picnic” it made the event way more personal.  In fact, their employees have come to call it by that.  Giving your event its own name also helps to create buzz around the office which means that even more people will attend!

They even took the theme to the next level and enlisted one of their associates to design the logo and t-shirt for The Shicknic. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?
By utilizing ore people to help prepare for the picnic will also give them a bigger buy in or an even greater reason to attend.

Loving the belt buckle!

This group had a lot of prizes to hand out.
For one of their prizes, they designed a trophy out of the parts that they make.  They said that it was actually pretty simple to make.  They just stained the board, attached the parts, and put an engraved plaque on it.
Each year at the annual Shicknic they will have department showdowns or challenges and the winning department gets the plaque each year. 
Simple and fun ideas like this help to build department pride and create cohesiveness.


Everyone was a winner at this event.  For example, the box of toys above from Oriental Trading Company and US Toy was given to the DJ to hand out to children as they were eliminated from games like musical chairs and limbo.
Toys like water guns, frisbees, bubbles, and balls can be used at the picnic for even more added fun.
Speaking of prizes, vendors are a great resource for some awesome prizes.  This company had some generous vendors that donated some awesome prizes.

Bingo is a great way to give out prizes and they gave out some really cool ones.
At The Shicknik the owner of the company was the Bingo caller – nice touch!
It also helps that they had two adorable assistant to help hand out prizes.

One happy guest!


And you didn’t even have to play a game to win a prize! You could just show up!

Check out the door prizes above.  Talk about an incentive to come join the fun!
Did you know that the best time to give out door prizes is at the end of the picnic because it gives the attendees an incentive to stay?




Shick also did a neat thing with their door prizes.  On the agenda they scheduled a one-hour time period that associates could come to the Ranch J/table and draw a number.  That number corresponds with an envelope and in the envelope was a gift card for places like Quick Trip, Best Buy, Walmart, etc

To learn more about hosting a company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch please visit our website.
To find out more useful tips on throwing an awesome company picnic CLICK HERE.

Hope to see you out at the Ranch soon!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

Posted on June 8, 2012
Company Picnic Season is just around the corner!
Here at Faulkner’s Ranch we are experts on throwing the perfect company picnic and we have plenty of picnic planning ideas for those of you in the Kansas City area.
That is why we have compiled all of our tips and tricks into this bonus series:
Picnic Planning Tips!
So far we’ve shared with you all about how to 
and given you the lowdown on 
Now we want to talk about something that is very important:
Picnic Food Safety Tips.

While the idea of a potluck may be fun, there are many benefits to having food that is supplied by a licensed and insured caterer.
Picnic and barbecue season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical.
One very common food-borne illness is Salmonella.
The chart below illustrates it’s causes and symptoms.
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Let’s just say, it’s not fun at all! 

However, food borne illnesses can be prevented.
Here are some measures that you can take to make sure that your guests stay safe:

1.  Make the grocery store your last stop before the picnic.  If you leave perishable items in your car while it is hot, you increase the chances of bacteria multiplying. 
2.  Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
Do not keep cold foods at room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if it is hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit). Throw out the food if this is the case.

3.  Be extremely cautious when cooking with meat.  Make these items the same day as your picnic.  Thaw frozen meat by putting it in the refrigerator.  And never put cooked meat back on the same plate it was on when it was raw.
4.  Thoroughly wash fruits and veggies, as well as any countertops that they sit on.
When preparing salads, fruit tends to get mushy or turn brown if you cut it up the night before. 
If it is an absolute must, squeeze lemon juice over your cut-up fruit. It helps the fruit retain its natural coloring and slows down the browning process. Remember to keep the fruit refrigerated after cutting.
5.  But by far the easiest way to avoid all of the hassle and risk serving contaminated food, is to to save yourself a work and have your company picnic catered by certified professionals.  
While the list above can get pretty lengthy, you don’t have to worry about it when you have a company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch!  We have thought ahead and taken care of all of that for you.  All you have to do is come dressed to have some fun and we’ll provide everything that you need from extra water to horseshoes to shady areas!
So give us a call today and book your company picnic or visitour website for more information.
Have a great day ya’ll and we hope to see you out at the ranch soon!
Posted on May 30, 2012

Company Picnic Season is just around the corner!
Here at Faulkner’s Ranch we are experts on throwing the perfect company picnic and we have plenty of picnic planning ideas for those of you in the Kansas City area.
That is why we have compiled all of our tips and tricks into this bonus series:
Picnic Planning Tips!
Last week was all about how to 
Today we are going to give you the lowdown on 
What To Bring to Your Company Picnic.
Ready, Set, Go!
Checklist of What to Bring to a Picnic
It is important to find out beforehand what you venue supplies so that you can be prepared.
Here are a few key things to be sure to ask your venue if they have on hand…
1.  Bug Spray 
For your the comfort of your guests, it is a good idea to ask if the venue you are having your company picnic at has a pest control plan in place.  If not, then it it is a good idea to bring several cans of bug spray for your guests so that they don’t miss out on the fun just because they are getting munched on by mosquitos.
2.  Sunscreen
Does your venue supply this? If not, then just like the bug spray it is an excellent idea to bring some extra bottles for guests that may have forgotten to bring their own.  No one wants their biggest memory of the company picnic to be the awful sunburn that they got. 
3.  Extra Shade
Be sure to ask what shaded areas are available.  For example, is there a pavilion for guests to sit under? Should you rent tents to bring in as extra shade?
4.  First Aid Kit
Does the venue have the necessary items to treat a scraped knee? If not, then it is a good idea to bring a small first aid kit with you just in case something happens.
5.  Extra Water
You don’t want your guests to be thirsty!  Make sure that they have access to water at all times to avoid getting dehydrated during all of the fun.
6.  Footballs, Frisbees, Etc.
Throwing around a frisbee at a picnic is a classic pastime. Check to see if your venue provides this equipment.
7.  Horseshoes, badminton, croquet, and volleyball
These are all activities that require easy set up and make for fun picnic games!
8.  Fishing gear, hiking shoes, life jackets, towels
If there is a lake or if boating is available then you will definitely want to make sure that you have these items with you
9. Appropriate Attire
Of course, weather plays a huge part in this decision, but it is also important to ask your venue what attire they would recommend.  Will you be playing with water balloons or getting dirty? What about shoes? Sometimes tennis shoes work better than flip flops for the games and activities that are planned.  Also, jackets are recommended for late Spring, early Fall, and overcast or windy conditions.  Sunglasses and hats are recommended for hot, sunny days.
While the list above can get pretty lengthy, you don’t have to worry about it when you have a company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch!  We have thought ahead and taken care of all of that for you.  All you have to do is come dressed to have some fun and we’ll provide everything that you need from extra water to horseshoes to shady areas!
So give us a call today and book your company picnic or visit our website for more information.
Have a great day ya’ll and we hope to see you out at the ranch soon!
Posted on May 21, 2012

Company Picnic Season is just around the corner!
Here at Faulkner’s we are experts on throwing the perfect company picnic.
That is why we have compiled all of our tips and tricks into this bonus series:
Picnic Planning Tips!


First things first,

How to Beat the Heat at Your Company Picnic!
It’s no secret that it can get pretty darn hot in Missouri during the summer months.
Help your guest stay cool by making use of the following tips.

1.  It’s All in the Timing
If at all possible, try to avoid planning your picnic when the sun is at it’s highest point.  Late morning/early afternoon (10am-1pm) or early evening (5-8pm, 6-9pm) are the best times to schedule a picnic.


2. Rent a Tent
The more shade the better! Tents are great for eating under and relaxing in between activities.  Be sure to ask your venue if they have tents available to rent.  Most venues will at least have a tent company that they use on a regular basis.

3.  Bring Out the Mist Machines!
It is no lie that kids and adults flock towards these!  Not only do they provide a quick cool-down, bu they’re fun too!

4.  Paddle Fans
Have paddle fans made with your company logo! These not only help make a breeze, but they serve as a nice little party favor too.

5.  Dunk Tanks
Nothing cools you off faster and is more fun than getting splashed into some refreshing water.  Plus, employees love this fun game, especially when they get to dunk their boss!


6.  Other Things to Bring To Stay Cool
Sunglasses
Hats
Wash-Rags
Extra cool water

We hope that these tips help you beat the heat at your company picnic and have a super cool time!

And don’t forget to sign up for our 
5 Important Picnic Planning Tips for the Perfect Company Picnic! There you will receive tips on determining your group size, activity, and budget!

Stay tuned for more advice on how to throw the perfect company picnic!

~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

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