Posted on March 2, 2013
a VERY Happy Birthday
to our creative genius,
culinary catering master chef,
and super fun cousin…
|(Isn’t she just adorable?!)
Check out the links below to see some of her awesome ranch projects!
You never fail to amaze us, Lisa!
Hope that your birthday is as wonderful and fun as you are!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on February 18, 2013
|One of the super cool birthday cakes we’ve seen here at the ranch!
We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again…
Not only do we get to meet some of the coolest little cowboys and cowgirls, but we are also just blown away by the creativity of their parents.
Just check out some of the awesome ideas and pictures from a few weeks ago!
This little cowgirl attended Pony Camp
last summer. She takes horseback riding lessons and told us that she is now a “professional rider.” You go cowgirl! That’s why she wanted to celebrate her birthday at Faulkner’s Ranch. She wanted to show her friends where she got her start! Isn’t that cool?!
Here’s another sweet cowgirl! We just LOVE her style. Pink hat, pink bandanna, pink horseshoes on her shirt! She is rockin’ the western chic look for sure!
And check out the amazing cake that her mama made. Isn’t it unbelievable?
Not to mention these super cute party favor bags…
Are you interested in having an Indoor Pony Party
at Faulkner’s Ranch? Just check out our website for more info and then give us a call at (816) 761-1234. We’d love to help you celebrate the special day!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on January 18, 2013
One of the things that we love about our two venues is how they can be transformed to fit almost any theme.
A prime example of this is the AMAZING Harley Davidson Themed 75th Birthday Party that was hosted by the ever creative Gosselin clan last weekend at the Benjamin Ranch
. You might recall some of their past events
. Seriously, when they get together there is no stopping their event awesomeness.
This party was a surprise celebration for Milt, their loving father and grandfather.
When he walked into the barn over at Benjamin Ranch
he had no idea what was in store for him that afternoon…
Let’s just say, he was truly impressed!
People from as far back as Milt’s childhood friends were invited to celebrate his big 75th birthday. Michele, his daughter, created the invitations using a picture that she had taken when Milt purchased his Harley (we told you he’s a wild one!) and had them printed through Shutterfly
. Shutterfly is a great invitation resource and you can often find great deals on their printing services.
To get everyone in the party spirit, they were greeted at the door by the Gosselin family. All of the guests were given a dew-rag, tattoos (fake, of course), and a name tag which included how they knew Milt.
Milt was even suited up with big birthday gift of some hot new chaps…
The decor is really what set this event apart. With just a few additions, they were able to transform the barn into a wild motorcycle evening for this milestone party!
Take the cake table for example…it’s one that you might not expect to see at a 75th birthday party.
Let’s just say – the “hot bod displays” were really the icing on the cake and a perfect addition to the Harley theme.
Speaking of those Biker Babes, the mannequins and their sassy attire came from local thrift stores.
As for the Harley engine replicas that were scattered throughout the party place, they came from P-Ayr Products
in Leavenworth, KS.
One of the highlights of the evening was the amazing photo wall. Lisa Gosselin, Milt’s daughter-in-law, rigged up this beauty by painting some to resemble sheet metal and adding a Harley-Davidson vinyl logo (have we mentioned that she is the queen of vinyl
?). She then added some racing flag decor that Michele had found to really give it a pop!
This photo booth was a great idea!
They first used it as the perfect backdrop for Milt to model his new biker attire to the tune of “Bad To the Bone.” After that, it was not only was it a fun activity for the guests, but it also provided some really neat and out of the ordinary family and friend photo keepsakes…
The Biker Babes even got some extra attention here ;o)
Like father, like son.
The party people then chowed down on some amazing food that included Faulkner’s smoked wings (teriyaki and plain), mozzarella sticks, chips and salsa, popcorn, firecracker crackers, and more.
They also had pedal car races, a corn hole toss, bull riding and other games available for their guests to play and enjoy.
Overall, this was a super fun party with lots of fantastic memories! Thanks to the Gosselin clan for bringing some wild fun to the Benjamin Ranch!
Interested in having a special party to celebrate a loved one? Check out our website
and then give us a call at 816-761-1234! We’d love to help you plan a wild night of your own!
Have a great day ya’ll!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s
Posted on January 14, 2013
And boy were they a rootin’ tootin’ good time!
We just love seeing all of the creative ideas that our pony party mamas and papas bring with them and the ones from this weekend were just too great to not share!
Just see for yourself!
This beautiful cake and colorful cupcakes were for a party of two sisters that attended Pony Camp 1
last summer. We love the splashes of pink! So fun and girly!
Speaking of those two sisters, aren’t they just the cutest! They will be attending Pony Camp 2
this summer and are anxious to know who there ponies will be!
Looking for an easy to make and adorable party favor? This mama found the perfect one with these s’mores kits to take home! Pretty darn cute if you ask us!
We love seeing the high fashions of the party guests. After all, who says you can’t wear a pink tutu to the ranch?!
This rootin-tootin 9 year old cowboy birthday party had a great table setup, completely with a cowboy hat and personalized rootbeer!
Speaking of that custom rootbeer, isn’t it another great idea for a party favor?!
We were also pretty obsessed with this awesome table runner that was made to look like chaps!
This decor was just too pinworthy to not share! You can find cool metal letters like this at Hobby Lobby!
So, as you can see, there are a ton of different ways that you can make your Pony Party your own!
Which way would you go?
Have a great day ya’ll
PS – Interested in having your kiddo’s birthday party at Faulkner’s Ranch? Check out all of the benefits of booking an Indoor Pony Party
Posted on January 5, 2013
So, you’re having a company party!
Maybe it’s a post-season holiday party or a new quarter kick-off. No matter what the occasion, you want to make it the best it can be. Well, have no fear – we’re here to help!
Here are 5 things that you can do to make your holiday party more than just the average office party!
1. Get The Party Started Before They Arrive
Have the party going before the guests even get to the venue – aka get a party bus! Not only does this start the fun, but it is a great way to get your guests safely to and from the location, especially if you are having liquor. Plus, you can keep the party going afterwards by driving around town before heading back to your starting location.
2. Hire Amazing Entertainment
It’s not every day that you get to see a Wild West Show or a hilarious magician. Give your employees that treat! Not only are most of these shows interactive which means that it will get them involved, but they will be talking about them around the water cooler for weeks to come.
3. Give Away Awesome Party Favors
What’s great about having party favors is that you can get more bang for your buck if you do it right. Hire a caricature artist or rent a photo booth. These will provide great entertainment during the party and give your guests something to take home to remember the fun that they had!
4. Have a Specialty Drink
Come up with a signature cocktail for the night. Give it a fun name that is special to your office or what you’re celebrating. Then provide the recipes either at the bar or in an e-mail the next week when you thank everyone who attended! Check out how Kansas City Internal Medicine did this at their holiday office party with their specialty cocktail called “The Elf.”
5. Get Silly!
Believe it or not, people LOVE to play games at parties, whether it be a scavenger hunt or something like a contest to see who can stay on the mechanical bull the longest. Need help thinking of ideas? Hire a Ranch J to lead games for you! They have a ton of them in their back pocket and are awesome at getting everyone involved.
Trust us, if you do any or all of these things then your employees will be sure to have an AMAZING time!
Now all you have to do is give us a call at 816-761-1234 to schedule your super fun event! And be sure to check out our website
for more info!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on January 2, 2013
Today we’re kicking off the first installment of one of our brand new blog features for 2013…
Each Wednesday we’ll be sharing with you tips, tricks, and fantastic ideas for throwing a beautiful and fun wedding at Faulkner’s Ranch
To kick things off, let’s start by answering the big question that every newly engaged bride-to-be has.
Where To Begin?
So you’re engaged! Congrats!
But now what?
At this point in your wedding planning, it can be a tad bit overwhelming. However, by doing the three things listed below right away we’ll be able to help you get on the right track to making your dream day a reality.
1. Determine The Style Of Your Wedding
Yes, there are a ton of details to figure out, but first you need to get an overall picture of what you’d like.
When you envision the look and feel of your wedding, what do you see?
Rustic? Shabby Chic? Country Western? Modern? Elegant? Casual?
Remember, you want your wedding to be reflective of your and your future husband’s personal style. So take some time to sit down together and write down what different things you would each like to have in your wedding from decor to food to attire.
There are no hard and fast rules about what you can and can’t have in your wedding so be sure to include what you want.
After all, it is a day to celebrate the commitment between you two so it should reflect that love!
2. Set The Numbers
Now that you have your style determined, there are a few key questions that you need to answer right away:
1. What is your budget?
This is vital to every decision that will be made in the time to come. Determine how much you would like/will be able to spend and how much of that amount you want to go to each aspect of your wedding.
2. How many guests are you planning on inviting?
Make that guest list ASAP.
You’ll need to know this when you book your venue, decide on your menu, order your invites, etc. Also keep in mind that this number may have to be adjusted according to your answer in #1.
3. How many members would you like in your wedding party?
Figure out how many bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, etc. you will have next to you on the big day.
4. What are three possible dates that you would like to get married on?
Look at your calendar and pick at least three possible dates that would work. By having more than one date available when you contact your venue will ensure that you get a date in the books earlier on.
3. Start Brainstorming
is going to be your best friend!
Start by typing in your theme and seeing what comes up. Then go from there and have a blast! Begin saving images that you like and perhaps consider starting a wedding binder. All of these images will come in handy when you meet with vendors, go dress shopping, etc.
So there you have it – the three things that you need to begin doing to start the process of planning your dream wedding!
Trust us, if you get these things done in the beginning it will make the rest of the planning a breeze!
Of course, if you have any questions about having a wedding at Faulkner’s Ranch or Benjamin Ranch please give us a call at 816-761-1234 or visit the wedding section
of our website.
And stay tuned for some news on our brand new Outdoor Country Wedding Party Package!
Have a great day ya’ll!
Posted on December 24, 2012
Yup, meanwhile back at Faulkner’s we were celebrating with our friends from Overland Park Dentistry for their second year in a row.
Let us tell ya folks – these people know how to party!
They arrived via a party bus which is not only a fun way to get the party started, but it is also a nice amenity if you are providing a host bar. Plus, you can set the tone for your event. Just bring along a pre-loaded iPod with your playlist and get ready to jam!
Want to know another great benefit to having a party bus at your event? After the part is over you can keep the party going! Groups always love it when after celebrating at the ranch they get to drive through Christmas in the Park or head on downtown to see the Plaza Lights.
This group had a few other fun party add-ons like Saphira the Fortune teller and a caricature artist. Fortune tellers can be a lot of fun at company parties and caricature artists provide a nice party favor to take home. The more add-ons, the merrier!
|Beautiful dessert table setup, complete with brownies and fresh apple crisp.
Overland Park Dentistry wasn’t our only party at Faulkner’s Ranch last weekend though. On Saturday we hosted Pinnacle Career Institute faculty and staff. This was a great party complete with a mechanical bull, roller roper, and a Ranch J entertainer.
The Ranch J entertainer was a great addition since they taught the group how to do some fun dances and even led a game of Build-A-Santa! Have you ever played Build-A-Santa? It’s super fun! First, you call up two volunteers. Then those volunteers must go out into the crowd and find three more volunteers to create their team. Each team designates a “Santa” who puts on a red union suit (aka long-john underwear) and a Santa hat. The team is then given three minutes to blow up as many small balloons as possible and stuff their Santa. When the time is up the Ranch J counts the balloons as they pop them. The team with the most balloons wins!
We also play another version of this called Build-A-Snowman using toilet paper. Team members are encouraged to “borrow” items from the audience to decorate their snowmen like hats, scarves, gloves, etc. When time is up, the snowmen have a dance off! The winning snowman is chosen based on audience applause.
Pinnacle Career Institute definitely kept their guests entertained with all of these activities. Plus, they gave away raffle prizes every 15 minutes throughout the party.
We weren’t done partying for the weekend just yet though! On Sunday we celebrated with Anthony Plumbing Heating and Cooling! This year they added some super fun flair to their party with some special ranch entertainment. The kicked off the party by having Too Tall Terry outside to welcome everyone as they arrived.
|Too Tall greets the guests as they arrive.
Once the guests were settled in, Sheriff T. Texas Terry dazzled the crowd with his 30-minute interactive cowboy show. It has everything from rope spinning, to gun twirling, to showing off his bullwhip cracking skills.
Sheriff Terry chose a trail boss volunteer to risk his life while he cracks a delicate little daisy out of his hand.
A favorite part of his show is always when he calls up four volunteers to become the “Ding-A-Lings,” his amazing cowbell choir!
Overall, it was an AMAZING weekend filled with lots of fun! We can’t wait to celebrate with these groups again!
Are you interested in having your company’s holiday party at the ranch?
It’s not too late to book one!
Post-holiday holiday parties are a great way to kick off the fourth quarter. Plus, you’re likely to have a great attendance since most people aren’t as busy as they are during the holiday season.
Just give us a call at 816-761-1234 to find out more information on our January party packages or visit our website
Until then, Merry Christmas!
Posted on December 23, 2012
Can you believe that Christmas Eve is tomorrow?
For us, it seems as if this holiday season has flown by! We’ve had so many wonderful holiday parties
here at Faulkner’s Ranch
and at Benjamin Ranch
. We feel truly blessed to be able to celebrate with such wonderful companies and groups.
In fact, just this past weekend we had several great parties, each one unique in its own way!
Every year they vote on a theme. Isn’t that a great way to get the entire office involved? By allowing everyone to have a say and contribute their ideas, it not only makes them feel like a part of the plans, but it also makes them more likely to attend and encourage others to attend as well. Plus, when you pick a great theme it creates some party hype!
We have hosted Kansas City Internal Medicine’s holiday party for the last three years. The first year their theme was Western (of course!). The second year it was Hollywood Red Carpet and the third year it was a Hawaiian Luau. All wonderful themes! This year though their theme was especially fun – it was Wacky Tacky!
Guests showed up in some really great costumes ranging from characters from Christmas Vacation to the Christmas Story! There were also some really hideous holiday sweaters being sported!
They transformed the barn from classic rustic western to wacky tacky by purchasing different table coverings for every table so they didn’t match. Then everyone from the party planning committee brought tacky decorations from home for the centerpieces. Aren’t they lovely?
Oh, and did we mention that there was LOTS and LOTS of tinsel?
That’s one of the things that we LOVE about both of our locations. While they always lend themselves to the western theme, with a little bit of creativity and decorations they can be transformed to fit any theme your party planning heart desires!
But back to the KCIM Party!
One of the things that we really enjoy about this group is that they have traditions that they do every year, another great benefit of having a yearly holiday party. For Kansas City Internal Medicine, they have a tradition of a huge musical chairs competition. We’re not joking when we say that these people mean business when it comes to musical chairs! The winner receives a trophy and of course, bragging rights for the year.
Each year, they also take the opportunity to hand out the bonuses based on the number of years that they employee has worked for the company. If you plan on doing this at your party too, then it’s always a good idea to remember to save these to the end. Same goes if you’re having a raffle drawing. Save the biggest prize for the end of the party to ensure that your guests stay the entire time and mix and mingle.
As you can see, this party was a lot of fun! They even had a photo booth, which is a great way to not only create lasting memories, but also provide some fun party favors!
Oh, and we can’t wrap up until we tell you about the specialty drink they had called “The Elf.” This delicious drink was a HUGE hit! To make it, just mix together:
1/2 oz Malibu rum
1/2 oz light rum (like Bacardi)
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Melon Liqueur
Equal parts sweet and sour and pineapple juice
Garnish with a cherry, serve, and enjoy!
Overall this was an awesome night! It was wacky, tacky, and full of fun! Great job, KCIM!
Are you interested in having a holiday party
at the ranch? It’s not too late! Christmas may be in just a couple of days, but some of the best holiday parties take place after the holidays. Not only are people’s schedules usually more open, but they serve as a nice fourth quarter kick-off!
For more info on our holiday party packages, click here
or give us a call at 816-761-1234.
Happy Holidays Ya’ll,
Posted on December 22, 2012
Today is a very special day!
Not only did we survive the end of the world
(that was a close one yesterday, right?)
but it is also the birthday of a very, very, VERY special cowgirl here at the ranch…
Most of you probably know Miss Christy Rose. After all she is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Plus, she is also the creative genius behind everything here at the ranch. But for those of you that don’t know her, maybe the following will give you a better picture of this fantastic gal.
One of the first things that most people notice about her is her contagious smile!
When you are around her you can’t help but have fun!
She’s a loving wife…
A wonderful mother to two beautiful kids…
And a thoughtful and sweet sister and daughter…
She is also an extremely hard worker and always goes to extra lengths to make sure that the guests at Faulkner’s Ranch have an amazing time…
She’s a little crazy when it comes to pumpkins in case you couldn’t tell…
And did we mention that she is probably one of the most fun people you will ever meet?
Basically, she’s Superwoman…
And that is why all of us here at Faulkner’s Ranch would like to wish this Christine a very Happy Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday, Christy!
We love ya!
Posted on December 20, 2012
It goes without saying that we always have a jolly good time at our Country Christmas parties and the Sprinkler Fitters Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8th was no different!
This party had 150 joyful guests, plus one very special guest. Can you guess who it was?
Yup, Mr. Claus was a huge hit as he sat onstage in our old antique sleigh. All of the children at the party came up to visit him and each one even received a yummy candy gift. It was so much fun to watch their reactions!
Afterwards, while the children were enjoying the Wild Western Playground and Ranch Recreation games, their parents mixed and mingled the afternoon away.
Of course everyone enjoyed our Holiday Buffet complete with smoked sliced turkey, brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed green tossed salad, skillet corn and warm yeast rolls with butter.
For dessert they ate fresh baked apple and cherry fruit crisps served with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream.
By the way, did we mention that they had a toasty fire going the whole time? ;o)
After lunch it was time for awards and recognition. They also generously gave out raffle prizes consisting of gift certificates to all kinds of amazing restaurant.
And to top it all off, all of the families mosey’d up to the pony place where they took pony rides and fed the animals in the petting farm.
They also had a blast with the cow milking station, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, stick horses, the wagon wheel game, and the rockin’ ropers! It was just too much fun!
All in all, this party was an absolute blast for everyone involved!
It’s always a delight to see companies that provide great entertainment not only for their employees, but for their employees’ families as well!
And Faulkner’s Ranch is the perfect place to do that.
We have so much to offer when it comes to family friendly Christmas parties. In addition to everything mentioned above, guests can also enjoy magic shows, face painting, horse drawn sleigh rides, cookie decorating, and more!
For more information on what we offer, click here
Anyway, stay tuned for more fun holiday fun!
And remember, it’s never too late to book a party of your own! Having a holiday party after the holidays is a fantastic way to kick off the fourth quarter and boost everyone’s morale!
Have a great day ya’ll!