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Posted on November 20, 2013
Each year, the end of October brings the end of our annual Pumpkin Season.  It also brings a question that we get asked again and again…
“So, what do you do the rest of the year?”
Well, today we are going to answer that question for ya’ll! 
Immediately after we close our gates for Pumpkin Season, we start to deck the halls for our big Holiday Party events!  This year we are excited to announce that we have two unique holiday packages.  Our Country Christmas Holiday Party Package and our Country Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres Package are the perfect ways to treat your employers to a fun-filled evening or afternoon.
We love it when Santa comes to parties!
We also have our Indoor Pony Parties, which are perfect for winter birthdays.
But that’s not all!  
All throughout the year Faulkner’s Ranch is hopping’ with private parties such as reunions, anniversaries, and bar/bat mitzvahs. 
When we’re not throwing parties, Faulkner’s is the perfect location for your next company meeting or team building retreat!
Nothing like a little goat dressing to rally the troops together!
Plus, did you know that Faulkner’s Ranch is one of Kansas City’s premier wedding ceremony and reception locations?
Summers are filled with Pony Camp, Ranch Round-Up Educational Tours, and of course, lots and lots of company picnics.
So needless to say – we stay busy!
After all, we like to party! ;o)
Need more info?
Just send us an e-mail or give us a call today at 816-761-5055!  
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on October 24, 2013

It might sound silly to do a tribute to a giant inflatable toy, but “Bugsy the Caterpillar” held a special place in our hearts.  Here is Christine with the Word from the Herd on our favorite caterpillar.
When I think of Bugsy, there are so many things that come to mind.  He was the the very first “big purchase” my dad and I made together for the Pumpkin Farm.  We were up in Canada at a pumpkin convention and I made the plunge and bought him.  At the time I was preggers with Glory and I remember being so scared because it was a MAJOR purchase.  Little did I know that I would become so emotionally attached.
Here were are now, fifteen years later.  Literally thousands of kids have crawled through him millions of times.  I have personally sang “This is the way the leaves fall down!”  hundreds of times while I scarecrowed field trips as they waited in line to take their turn crawling through his obstacles.
When we pulled him out for this year’s Pumpkin Season, I looked in his eyes and he said, “Christine, I should have retired 10 years ago, but I just love Pumpkin Season so much, I hung on.  Y’all stitch me up and put me out year after year and I have been faithful through the elements and so much more. But I think it’s time to retire.”  But how could we retire Bugsy?!  To us, he is irreplaceable.  So, we did the best thing we could think of.  We searched online and found one just like him!  Same age, less used and less worn.  Safer, but still just as wonderful!  We sent our go-to guy, Mike Foley, on a road trip all the way to Indiana to pick up our new farm friend.  It sounds like he got quite the treatment:

All of our ranch kiddos have grown up with Bugsy as a part of their fall memories, so it brings so much joy to know that this next generation will get to experience Bugsy in all of his glory!


We Love Ya, Bugsy, old and new!
– Cowgirl Christine
Come play in our new Bugsy now through October 31st at the Pumpkin Farm!  We’re open everyday from 10am to 6pm!
Have a great day, ya’ll!

Posted on October 18, 2013

Hosting a Craft Night (or a Pinterest Party as many like to call them nowadays) is easy and fun!

Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Fall Craft Night a success!
The Food:
Make it easy on yourself and go potluck style!  As the host, cook a dish that can serve a large group (we love this tortilla soup recipe).  Then ask your guests to bring everything else.  You can even offer up ideas such as salad, sides, desserts, etc.  Feel like making dessert too?  Try our easy Faulkner’s Fallfetti Popcorn recipe which is great to snack on while crafting!
The Drinks:
If you want to go the festive route, we recommend this easy Fall Apple Cider Party Punch that we shared yesterday.  However, you can also serve something simple like water and tea.  Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring a bottle of wine.
The Decor:
Keep it simple and stay with your normal fall decor.  Don’t have a Fall centerpiece on your table yet?  Use our tips and tricks to create one of your own!  Also, make sure that you have enough space on your countertops or table to put all of the potluck food.  Your counters may look bare before your guests arrive, but trust us, once they are there you will be searching for space to put the delicious dishes.
The Craft:
Here are the things to consider when choosing a craft. 
  • Cost:  Since you will be purchasing materials for several crafts, keep this in mind.  Choose crafts that you can buy the materials in bulk like ribbon, buttons, etc.
  • Cleanup:  Either choose a craft that does not make a huge mess or provide a small trashcan on the table to put materials.  
  • Tools/Materials Needed:  Avoid choosing crafts that require hot glue guns since those tend to be messy. Gluing one thing to a pumpkin is no big deal, however if every single thing needs to be hot glued you will find it to be troublesome.  You want the craft to be something you can talk during, instead of something that requires too much attention.
  • Can your guests take it home right away?: You want to avoid using paints or things that will have to dry. 

Two great places to find your craft are here on our blog.  You can see our pumpkin ideas right here.  Or you can check out our Pinterest Boards dedicated to Pumpkin Ideas and Cool Country Crafts.
Other Things to Consider:
Music sets the mood.  Set your iPod or computer to Pandora and crank it up.  For Fall, we love the Mumford and Sons or Today’s Country Hits stations.
Before parties, it is always a good idea to turn the thermostat down.  All of those extra bodies can cause it to get warm.
For more Fall party ideas, check out our Pinterest Board!
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a Fall Craft Night that everyone will enjoy!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on October 16, 2013

There is no argument that pumpkin is a yummy treat. Well, maybe there is an argument but we don’t want to hear it. Did you know though that pumpkin isn’t only delicious, but it is also great for your health and beauty? That’s right! This gourd can make you gorgeous!
Here are a few fun facts about pumpkin:

  • Pumpkins are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can help your skin attain a healthy glow.
  • Do you have sensitive skin? Are you prone to blemishes? Then add pumpkin seeds to your diet! They’re packed with zinc, which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that may help calm irritated skin from the inside out.
  • Pumpkin enzymes can soothe and protect your skin.
  • Pumpkin are chocked-full of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, which are awesome for your skin.
Want to cash in on the perks of pumpkins?  Then follow the simple recipe below to make your own Pumpkin Body Scrub that will leave your skin feeling SO SOFT (plus, it smells SUPER yummy!).
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Body Scrub

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ Cup of Sugar
¼ Cup of Canned Pumpkin (organic is preferred)
1 Tablespoon of Almond Oil or Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
A Light Sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS:
To make this wonderful scrub, simply mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Once a week, rub this scrub all over your body in a circular motion while you’re in the shower and rinse with warm water. In order for the benefits to last, make sure you apply a moisturizer after you have rinsed off each scrub. This will not only enhance the benefits of each treatment but will also prolong the effects.
Have a great day, ya’ll!

PS – Don’t forget to come see us this weekend at the Pumpkin Farm!  It’s Wild Western Weekend!  YEE-HAW!
Posted on October 14, 2013
Recently, the lovely people of Cameron’s Home Furnishings invited us to teach a class at their store on decorating with real pumpkins.  First things first, if you have never been to their store in downtown Lee’s Summit, go there now!  Everything is absolutely beautiful – you could spend hours in there shopping your little heart away!
Anyway, back to the pumpkins!  We spent an evening with almost 30 lovely ladies, sharing with them our favorite tips and tricks for using real pumpkins in centerpieces and displays.
Of course, we love our blog readers so much that we just had to share those secrets with you too.  Enjoy!
First of all, remember this little poem when it comes to decorating centerpieces:
Base
Think Big
Fill, Line, or Bunch
Tweak to Add a Punch!
Let’s break that down for ya!
Base – Always start out with a base to give yourself a boundaries.  This can be a table runner, a piece of fabric, a tray, a basket, a mirror, a tree stump, anything!  If you want something a bit more dramatic, choose something that elevates your centerpiece from the table.  If you’re looking for something convenient with little kids around, choose a tray or basket that you can easily move.
Think Big – Once you have your base, the next step is to add your biggest items.  We usually recommend adding at least three large items that are slightly different heights to create a visual triangle.  This is a great place to add your pumpkins or gourds.  By the way, pie pumpkins (the middle sized) work great for this.  Also, you don’t want any of your items to be over 8″ tall if you are using this on a table.  Some people recommend nothing over 1 foot, but that seems to block a lot of people’s views across the table.  Remember: You want them to be talking about the centerpiece, not over it!
Fill, Line, or Bunch – Next is the fun part!  This is where you start to make your centerpiece come to life.  There are three main ways that you can put together a centerpiece.  You can fill it (i.e. put a bunch of pumpkins and pine cones into a basket), you can line it (pumpkins and candles in a row), or you can bunch it (create a vignette using pumpkins and decorative items).  If you are putting a display together and it just doesn’t seem right, try switching up what you are using.  We can usually guarantee that one of these three will work.
Tweak to Add a Punch – This is the step where you look back and see what is needed/missing.  Maybe it is color, so you can throw in some bright mini pumpkins.  Maybe it needs more texture, so you can add some leaves.  Maybe you’re missing height and can throw in a taller lantern.  Play around with it and have fun!  Remember:  You can always add something and remove it.  Sometimes you’ll be surprised at how something unusual will make a great impact!
When It Comes to Shopping for Your Centerpiece…
First, know your style.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a Pinterest Board and see what you pin the most.
Second, know how to pick the right pumpkins (ones that will last).  You can find our Pumpkin Picking Tips here!
Third, when it comes to purchasing the other items, we recommend three things:
1.  Choose items that you can use year-round.  You’ll see that in almost all of the images, several of the items can be used outside of Fall.
2. Invest in versatile items.  Pine cones, leaves, scary cloth, etc. can all be used several different ways each fall season.
3.  When choosing seasonal items, pick ones that you LOVE!  You know that feeling when you open up your bin of decorations and get excited over one of your favorite pieces?  That’s what you want for almost everything you own!  Right now, Cameron’s has the most adorable Fall and Halloween pieces you’ve ever seen!  It’s the kind of stuff that you will love for years and years to come!
  
Trust us, if you follow these tips you’ll be well on your way to having a centerpiece that is the talk of the table!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
PS – Don’t forget to go like our friends at Cameron’s Home Furnishings on Facebook!  
Posted on October 3, 2013

These days most people take pictures on their smart phones.  Why not?  It’s so convenient and is such an easy way to capture moments with your family!  One of the best places to catch those fun moments: The Pumpkin Farm

So, in order to help you get the best pictures from your Pumpkin Farm trip, here are some tips and tricks for taking the best photos with your iPhone.
PHOTO TAKING TIPS:
:: Watch your light!  The sun is your friend.  Good light means good photos.  If it is too dark they will turn out grainy.  Lucky for you, most of the pumpkin farm activities are outside.  Just make sure that your kiddo’s faces aren’t in the shadows.  The best way to make sure of this is to place your back to the light/sun.  That way the light is shining on your subjects.
:: Focus! Tap the persons face on the screen to focus (or whatever you are wishing to focus on).  You don’t want that smile to be blurry!
:: Snap, Snap, Snap Away!  It is best to take multiple photos of the same shot (the iPhone is great for this!)  Kids move a lot and look in different directions.  By taking several photos, chances are one of them will be a gem!
:: Get Up Close and Personal!  Don’t be afraid to get close to your subject.  Fill the frame to avoid extras.  This avoids having to do crops where you lose a lot of the photo quality.
:: Be Silly!  Make faces, do a goofy dance move, whatever it takes to get the best faces!  Yes, you might be making a fool of yourself, but you’ll get better pictures for it – trust us! ;o)

EDITING APPS:
After you are done taking your photos, now it is time to edit.  Today there are a ton of apps available to download that make editing a breeze (and really fun!).  Here are a few of our favorites!
:: Afterlight – This is a great app for basic editing.  You can enhance, crop, brighten, and sharpen your photos all within this app.  It also has great filters and frames.
:: A Beautiful Mess – This app is a lot of fun!  Add filters, doodles, and phrases to add some pizazz to your photos.
:: Rhonna Designs – This is another great app to add personality to your photos.  Our favorite thing about this one is the vast variety of phrases that are available.
:: PicFrame – This app is for creating photo and video collages.  You can add up to nine photos or videos.
:: PicStitch – Another great collage tool!  This one offers a wide variety in your frame options.
:: PicPlayPost – The original app that allows you to combine your photos and videos into one image.  Great to use before posting to Instagram!
:: Flipagram – This app allows you to create a slideshow of your photos before sharing them on Instagram.
Awesome new apps are coming out everyday.  To find them, go to your App Store.  Click “Top Charts” at the bottom of the screen.  Then click “Categories” in the top left corner, scroll down and select “Photo and Video.”  From there you can see the top apps, both free and paid.

SHARING YOUR PHOTOS:
Now it’s time to share them!  We love when our guests share their photos with us online.  There are two ways to do this:
:: Instagram – Use our hashtag #FaulknersRanch
or
:: Facebook – After you upload your photos, tag Faulkner’s Ranch.

For some more advice on getting the best pumpkin patch photos visit here and here!

Follow these tips and tricks, and you’ll be sure to have some photos that will make you feel like you are back at the Pumpkin Farm again!

Have a great day, ya’ll!

~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

Posted on October 2, 2013
Yesterday we shared with you some helpful tips and tricks to make the most of your trip to the Pumpkin Farm.  Today we are doing a little more to make sure that you have the best time ever when you come to see us by giving you a checklist with some things you might want to bring.
  • Camera or Camera Phone – Gotta be sure to capture all of those fun moments!  Make sure it is fully charged the night before.  You might even bring some extra camera batteries just in case.
  • Purse/Backpack/Diaper Bag
  • Stroller or Wagon – At Faulkner’s Ranch, we are stroller friendly!  Paved sidewalks lead to almost every attraction making it easy to get around.
  • Hand Sanitizer – We have hand sanitizer stations (those goats can get pretty sloppy when they eat sometimes), but it is always a good idea to have your own, especially if you would like to avoid the line.
  • Jacket/Coat/Hat/Gloves – You never know what the weather is going to be like in October in Kansas City.  That is why we recommend dressing in layers.
  • Comfortable Shoes – With the variety of activities that are offered at the ranch, we recommend wearing close-toed, comfortable shoes.
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Coupons – Have you seen the one in KC Parent magazine?
  • Extra Money – You’ll need this for pumpkins, food, gift shop items, and certain extra attractions (i.e. face painting, pony rides, etc.)
  • Towels for the Car – We have a Pumpkin Wash station to get your pumpkins nice and shiny before you bring them home.  However, it is still a good idea to bring a towel to place them on so that you don’t get any dirt on your car floor.
And of course, don’t forget to bring all of your Pump-KIN!  Faulkner’s Ranch is a great place to bring the whole family.  After all, we are a family-owned and run business.  In our opinion, the more family the merrier!
We hope this list is helpful!  If you think of anything else to add, please let us know!
Have a great day, ya’ll!  See you out at the ranch soon!

Posted on October 1, 2013
YEE-HAW!! We heard that you are planning a trip to 
We want to make sure that you have the best time ever when you visit the ranch, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your visit.
Get ready to have some fun, folks!
  1. First things first, take a look at our weekend events calendar and pick a weekend that interests you.  Each weekend has a different theme, along with special guests and performances.  
  2. Dress accordingly!  Ya’ll know October in the Midwest – it’s a fickle month.  It can be hot to trot or chilly chilly (all in the same day too!).  The weather can be pretty unpredictable, so it is best to dress accordingly.  If it is by chance one of those typical fall days, it is best to dress in layers.  That way if you get warm doing all of the activities, you can just take off your sweater or jacket.  Also, wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.  While there are sidewalks leading to almost every activity, it is best to wear shoes that get along good on all turf.
  3. Come hungry!  One of the things that we pride ourselves the most in is our DELICIOUS BBQ.  Enjoy your meal in our banquet barn, out under the pavilion, or in the shade at one of our picnic benches.  We’ve got something for everyone – just take a look at our menu!
  4. Make a pumpkin plan!  Talk with your family about what you would like to do with your pumpkins this year.  Are you planning on carving them or painting them?  Maybe you’d like to make a fun fall display in your front yard?  If you know ahead of time, then you will be able to pick the best pumpkins for your project. { Click Here To Read Our Pumpkin Picking Tips }
  5. Get that camera ready!  The pumpkin farm is the perfect place for a photo op.  Make sure that you camera or iPhone is fully charged and ready to go so you don’t miss a shot.  It’s even a good idea to pack that extra battery just in case.
  6. Got little walkers?  Feel free to bring in your stroller or wagon.  The ranch is equipped with sidewalks that lead to each activity that make it very accessible.
  7. Make sure you allow enough time to do everything.  In addition to our attractions, we also have special performances on the weekends.  Be sure to give yourself at least a few hours to enjoy the amenities, catch the shows, and grab something to eat.
  8. Got allergies?  The farm is full of animals, hay, and grass.  All fun things until you add allergies into the mix, so be sure to plan accordingly and take medicine beforehand if needed.
  9. Check out our coupons and special deals! Pick up a copy of KC Parent Magazine or visit their site for a special discount code.  We also offer special deals on certain weekends, i.e. Grandparents Weekend (October 6 & 7) – Grandparents receive 1/2 off admission with the purchase of a grandchild’s admission.
  10. Start a tradition!  One of the things that we love the most about the pumpkin farm is seeing the same families each year and watching them grow.  If this is your first trip to the pumpkin farm, or even if it isn’t, pick something that you can do each time you come back.  Maybe it is taking a picture in a certain place or finding the biggest pumpkin.  Traditions lead to wonderful memories and that is what Faulkner’s Ranch is all about!
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you make the most of your visit!  
We can’t wait to see you out on the farm!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on

Today is a big day here at Faulkner’s Ranch!

Not only is it the opening day of our 2013 Pumpkin Season (can we get a YEE-HAW!), but it is also our 2nd Blogiversary!
That’s right!  Exactly two years ago we began sharing our pumpkin tips and tricks with you.  From there we started our Word From the Herd, our Picnic Planning Tips series, Wedding Wednesdays, Oh So Pinteresting Saturdays, and more!
Now, over 361 posts later and 80,000 page views, here we are!
Of course, this blog wouldn’t be a success without someone very special…

YOU!

Yes, you – our wonderful, faithful, and fun readers!
So
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
for always stopping by!
Now stay tuned, cause we are about to celebrate our 14th Annual Pumpkin Season with a Pumpkin Party – blogstyle
Have a great day ya’ll!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s


PS – Don’t forget to check out our 2013 Pumpkin Season lineup!
Posted on September 20, 2013
It is crazy to think that our summer picnic season is coming to an end.  We have been so blessed this summer with the most awesome groups that have chosen Faulkner’s Ranch for their celebration.  One of these amazing groups was Lockton Affinity.  On September 14th they held their company picnic at the ranch and boy were the a fun group!
One of our favorite activities that this group did was the potato sack race.  It was intense!
Ready, Set, Go!
Just look at them go!  Those kids may be little but they were some fierce competitors.
Speaking of being competitive, they had a nice little fishing competition too!
They had two divisions to compete in: the kid division and the adult division.  The winners each received a $25 gift card.
Nice catch, Lockton!
When they weren’t competing for some awesome prizes, they were chowing down on some delicious food.  This little cowgirl even got to ring the dinner bell!
This was such a fun event.  Thanks again for joining us at the ranch, Lockton!  Ya’ll were some pretty cool folks!
Sad that picnic season is over?  Well, you’re in luck pardner!  Check out our Fall Picnic Packages!
Have a great day, ya’ll!

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