Posted on September 19, 2014
It is always such a huge compliment when a group chooses to return to Faulkner’s Ranch for their company picnic.  Especially in consecutive years! So, of course, we were thrilled when Multi Service Corporation chose to once again celebrate their employees with us!
A beautiful day for a picnic!
This group is such a blast to host!  Not only are they just super fun people, but they always choose to add on the coolest extras to their parties.
One super special amenity that they added this year was the Kona Ice truck! 
Kona Ice is a great addition to a summer picnic because not only is it delicious, but it also helps your guests to beat the heat.  You can choose from a variety of flavors.  We like to mix them up – our favorite combo this year is strawberry banana.
Every age loves Kona Ice!
This year they also had some fun with airbrush tattoos. Let us tell ya folks, kids, tweens, and teens think that these are the coolest things ever! It’s like face-painting with a bit of an edge.
Another fun addition to this year’s picnic was soaker hose limbo.  The picture pretty much explains it all.
So much fun!
The kids (and let’s be honest, the adults too) also really enjoyed our pedal karts.
Did you know that you can even fish at the ranch?  Guests are always excited to try their hand with our cane poles.  They are nothin’ fancy, but they work! Especially at this picnic – the fish were biting! We do all catch and release so once these big guys are caught, they go back into the pond to keep on swimmin’.
If you weren’t fishing at this picnic then you may have been found playing volleyball.  Our sand volleyball court is always sure to spark up some nice little competition.
This year, Multi Service also chose to bring back the casino tables that they had last year.  These were a huge hit so their employees were really excited to see that they were available again.
Multi Service also had the most intense kickball tournament that we have ever seen.
Of course, they offered some awesome door prizes throughout the day, like this Smokey Joe Grill.  Nothing puts the icing on a fun company picnic like going home with a prize!
Thanks again to Multi Service for coming back to Faulkner’s Ranch!  We loved working with you to create a picnic that once again was fun for everyone!
For more info on how you can treat your company to a fun day at Faulkner’s Ranch, click here!
Have a great day, y’all!

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!
Posted on September 16, 2013
Recently we were privileged to host the fine people of Cargill for their company picnic.  Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.
Since Cargill is all about providing food, it was fun that day to turn the tables and feed them.
And feed them we did! Just take a look at their buffet.  Everyone was really excited to dig in… 
One great idea that anyone can take from this picnic is that they made sure to provide a vegetarian option.  This is always good idea.  Even if none of your employees are known to be vegetarians, their guests might me so it is always courteous to provide at least a few meals.
Speaking of courteous, the next thing they did just blew our mind.  They requested to have to-go meals prepared for the employees that couldn’t attend due to having to work.  Isn’t that awesome?  That is truly a great way to show employee appreciation.
By the way, did we mention that it was really hot that day?  Well, this group had no problem staying cool with all of the fun water games and activities.  Just check out the line for the dunk tank:
It was to dunk their manager.  Everyone wanted a chance at that!
Of course, there is no better way to stay cool than some yummy ice-cream.  There was no shortage of that with this awesome ice cream bar.  It had everything you needed to made a delicious sundae.
Talk about a great day!  Thanks again Cargill for choosing Faulkner’s Ranch to treat your employees!
Did you know that we have special Fall Picnic Packages for Pumpkin Season?

Have a great day, ya’ll!

Posted on August 2, 2013
Guess who we had at the Ranch the other day?
No one other than the fine people of Subway!
Their picnic was a blast!  So fresh and fun!
We weren’t surprised.  After all, they had all of the elements that make for a great family-friendly event:
Sunshine and the great outdoors,
A variety of games for all ages,
Fun prizes that had their guests excited,
And of course, all of the ranch amenities!
Just see for yourself!
Nothing like a little game of Balloon Toss to get the party going!
The fish were biting that day!
Check out this cowgirl rockin’ out with her new prize.  Too fun!
Time to load up the hayride!
This little fashionista was having a blast playing in the obstacle course.
Our Wild West Playground is always a hit with the kiddos!
Even the goats were having a blast on top of the world!
Overall, it was such a fun event!
Thanks for choosing Faulkner’s to celebrate your employees, Subway!  You guys rock!
For more info on how we can treat your company to a fantastic event click here or give us a call today!
Have a great day, ya’ll!

Posted on August 1, 2013
Recently we hosted Kohl’s company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch.
We love their motto: Expect great things.
Why do we love it?  Because we expect great things with each company picnic, wedding, birthday party, field trip and more that comes through the ranch.  We expect that our guests will have a fantastic experience, from the moment they are greeted at the door to when they say Happy Trails!  We know that they will leave with wonderful memories of their time celebrating with us and that is something that we pride ourselves in.
A few other things that you can expect at Faulkner’s Ranch:
Great Food
Great Fun
Great Music!
Don’t believe us?  Just take a look at the pictures from the Kohl’s picnic!
Talk about GREAT things!

There were great games and activities…

Great prizes…
Great fishing…
Great animals…
Great kiddos…
and great “Ranch J’s”…
And so much more!
We had such a fun time partying with the Kohl’s crew.  We hope that they had as great of a time as we did!
Interested in having your company picnic at Faulkner’s Ranch?  Just click here to see our three stress-free packages!
Or give us a call to find out about our special Fall Picnic Packages!
They’re a blast!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
Posted on June 18, 2013
B/E Aerospace is the world’s leading provider of interior products and solutions, and the world’s leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables for the commercial, business jet, and military markets.
They manufacture two things that you can find on any airplane.  One you never want to see and one you always want to see.  Oxygen masks and beverage stations!
This company wanted to show their employees a good time with a company picnic and that is exactly what they did!  
Follow their lead with five ways that you can have a high flying company picnic!
1.  Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Sunshine!
We just love the ranch on a sunny day!  Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery as they play on obstacle courses, eat delicious BBQ, and mix and mingle.
Don’t worry though – if it rains we’ve got a backup plan!
2.  Turn Up the Jams!
Our Ranch J’s can help you out with that!  They’ll keep the party going with only the best tunes!  They also are great at leading games, activities, and drawings.
3.  Play Some Games!
How does cooling off with the dunk tank sound?  Even better – how does dunking your execs in the dunk tank sound?  We heard a lot of “man, that felt good,” as well as lots of laughs during this picnic as employees got a chance to dunk their boss!
4.  Play Some More Games!
What can we say?  You can never have enough fun at a company picnic!  We’ve got games galore for guests to enjoy!
5.  Enjoy lots of yummy food!
This year we are pardnerin’ up with Kona Ice to bring some cool treats to our summer picnics!  It looks like this little kitty cat was enjoying hers!  In addition to our sweet treats, we make our own BBQ.  There’s nothing like some smoked ribs to really show your employees that you appreciate them!
As Cowboy Bob always says, a good party is all about good food, good music, and fun company!
Looks like B/E Aerospace nailed it!
Treat your company to some fun in the sun with one of our three company picnic packages!  They make planning your big event stress-free!
Have a great day, ya’ll!
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)
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 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!


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