Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Signs

Today we are sharing one of our favorite ideas and trends:

There are quite a few things that we LOVE about the ideas below.
1.  Most are made out of repurposed materials - palettes, barn wood, etc.
2.  These are DIY projects that look nice even though they are inexpensive to make.
3.  Some of these ideas can be used after the wedding as decor in your home.  
4.  They are a clever way of getting information across whether it be seating directions or the itinerary for the night.
5.  They add an element of fun and charm to your wedding decor!

Here are some of our favorites!

Which one is your favorite?

For more info on our wedding packages click here, or call 816-761-5055 to speak to a wedding coordinator!
And don't forget to mark your calendar for our next Barn Warming Wedding Open House on Wednesday, February 26th from 5-7pm!

Have a great day, ya'll!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5th Birthday Fun

It might be chilly outside, but it is nice and warm in our Pony Party Barn!
We've been celebrating lots of little buckaroos big birthdays this year and we've seen some really cool ideas.  Just check out these pictures from Kloe's 5th Birthday.  Her mama put so much attention into the little details.  And you know what we say, little details make a BIG impact!
Just see for yourself!

We love this fun 5! It gave such a great focal point in the Pony Party room.  Plus, it is the kind of decoration Kloe can keep it up in her room all year long.

How sweet is this cake? Some pony toys and a plastic fence added the perfect touches!

Of course, you have to have something to eat that cake with.  These silverware holders were made using cow print napkins and gingham ribbon.  This is a quick and simple project that has a nice visual impact.  Plus, your little guests just have grab one thing before they sit down to eat.

One of our favorite things that we like to see at our birthday parties is the names for different food that people come up with.  Here we've got Cow Pies (no-bake cookies) and Hay Bales (Rice Krispie Treats).  

Of course, no party would be complete without a cute party favor! Here, a cute little sign and some ribbons turns this brown paper bag into an adorable take-home treat!

Thanks again to Kloe for choosing Faulkner's Ranch to celebrate her 5th Birthday! 

For more information on our Indoor Pony Parties, click here.   Also, be sure to check out our 2014 Pony Camp Schedule.  Session 1 is already sold out - call soon to book your spot!

Have a great day, ya'll!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Word From the Herd: A Florist Tells All

Alright, folks - it's time for an awesome ideas overload!
Kelly Acock from The Monarch Flower Company has been joining us for our recent Wedding Barn Warmings. Not only is she one of the nicest and most fun people we've ever had the privilege to work with, but her creativity is out of this world!
So, needless to say, we are THRILLED that she is joining us today here on the blog to share some of her favorite ideas from our last open house. 

Rustic Chic Wedding Ideas 

*Burlap is not just for table runners these days ~ Use strips of burlap table runners to create a darling rustic styled chair cover! Simply fold a section of the edge over back of the chair, wrap and tie. Make banners with scrap pieces and layer on the buffet for additional detail.  Its vintage charm adds texture to almost any setting while being eco-chic when re-purposed after the event into home décor items such as window treatments and pillows.

*Prop tiny vintage accents on layers for a big impact. ‘Layers’ can be old trays, blocks covered in burlap, wooden crates, vases turned upside down and wood slices. 

*Hang mason jars or other tiny vases from candelabra for some fun ~ jars can hold flowers, candles or even candy! 

*Burlap doesn’t always have to lay flat. Simply gather and tie the ends with twine to add some texture and depth to tables and buffet. 

*If it holds water, it’s a vase! This list includes these darlings shown above…vintage spice and medicine jars that are the perfect little detail. 

*Pop a solo cup in a clay jar and voila’ ~ instant vase! You can recreate this lovely layered table with a base of burlap, a few wood slices, and perfectly placed doilies…all completed with a pop of fresh to fit your theme.  I chose hydrangea and garden roses…who could resist?!
We love when people add touches of vintage elements to the event décor, especially when those items hold sentimental meaning such as these doilies made by the grandmother. 

*For your cake table, think outside the box.  For example, wouldn't this wagon that was salvaged from The Historical Benjamin Ranch make an amazing addition as a cake base, holding food on the buffet or holding treats for your guests?!

*These floating barn doors are just the perfect feature for creating an indoor altar, focal point for any décor or backdrop for photo booth! 

*I love to have fun with the buffet display by including old wooden crates, rustic tin buckets and wood slices. 

These crates and buckets are the perfect addition to a rustic buffet at Faulkner’s Ranch. …imagine filled with our yummy food!

A big thanks to Kelly Acock of The Monarch Flower Company for these awesome ideas!  Be sure to check out her website and more of her floral masterpieces right here!

Then come see her creativity and more for yourself at our next Barn Warming Open House on Wednesday, February 26th from 5pm to 7pm.  No reservations required!  Just stop on by, enjoy some delicious food and refreshments, and get a first hand look at our unique venue all dressed up! Wedding coordinators will be available to answer your questions and tell you about all that we have to offer when it comes to making your dream wedding come true!

Have a great day, ya'll!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cowboy Caviar

Need a last minute dish for your Super Bowl party that everyone will love?
Here's one that is sure to be a hit!

Makes 8 servings.

For this recipe you will need:
1 (15.5 oz) can of black beans, drained
1 (15.5 oz) can of black-eyed peas, drained
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapeño peppers
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 cup Italian salad dressing
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1-2 avocados, diced

Now ya ready to get cookin'?

Mix the beans, black-eyed peas, corn, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño peppers in a large bowl.
Season with a little of that garlic salt.
Then add in the dressing and cilantro.
Now throw in the diced avocado.
Toss to make sure that everything gets coated nice'n'good.
Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and get ready to cheer on your favorite team!

What are your favorite go-to game day recipes?  And who are ya'll cheerin' on today?  We're rootin' for the Bronco's - gotta love them ponies!

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday, Ya'll!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Benjamin Ranch Memories

Earlier this month we asked our ranch team what some of their favorite memories were of The Benjamin Ranch.
Here’s what they had to say:

Coordinating 5 events and turning the facilities over for the next day. Whew! The Harley "Hog" Rodeo and Dance was exciting. Nothing but the sound and sight of Harley's on 435 highway for miles and miles! The Fourth of July Rodeo with Benny Benjamin at the reigns of a 6 horse hitch galloping at full speed in a crazy eight pattern!
-Marilyn Faulkner

I absolutely loved the rodeo.  It was such a colorful and festive time.  And now every time I hear Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" it takes me back to watching the fireworks in the rodeo arena.  I have also enjoyed celebrating so many major milestones at Benjamin to include my Sweet 16, college graduation party, J-me's college graduation party, our couples wedding shower, and numerous birthday parties for Glory and Miles.  Benjamin Ranch is also the place where I started my event planning career and learned so much!
- Christine Loneman

I have many Benjamin Ranch Memories.  For one, my husbands and I had our wedding reception there.  We arrived in the Benjamin Ranch Stagecoach.  The entire reception was awesome.
Also, I remember working 3-4 Christmas parties happening at once there in different barns (the barns were decorated beautifully). The 4th of July rodeos and the Haunted Benjamin Ranch will never be forgotten either.  I am blessed that Benjamin Ranch was a big part of my life.   
- Lisa Faulkner-Gosselin 

When I think of my childhood, I immediately think of Benjamin Ranch.  It feels like I practically grew up there.  I remember how exciting it was every summer when the rodeo arena would start to buzz around the Fourth of July.  Just hearing Garth Brook’s “Rodeo” sends me back to it.  I remember riding in the Grand Entry and feeling like a rockstar and then line dancing the night away to the honky tonk bands following the rodeo. Benjamin Ranch was also the place where I learned how to horseback ride, celebrated countless birthdays, sang the Star Spangled Banner for the first time, and celebrated my college graduation.  Then, I got the chance of a lifetime when I got to be the creative director of The Haunted Benjamin Ranch and bring the old stables back to life (or should I say, back to dead?).  The Benjamin Ranch has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I am so sad to see it go, but I am exciting for the memories that we will continue to make at Faulkner’s.
- Kelly Jo Jordan

A lot of things I remember must stay at the ranch, lol!
- Michael Foley 

That’s right, Foley!  What happens at the ranch, stays at the ranch! ;)

Of course, we love what Bob Faulkner had to say about his favorite memories when Fox 4 News Kansas City joined him the morning of the auction.  For the full story, click here.

Now, we wanna know:
What are you favorite memories of The Benjamin Ranch?

Have a great day, ya’ll!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

So, What Do You Do the Rest of the Year?

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!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Word From the Herd: Bugsy Tribute

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!

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