Monday, June 8, 2015

3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala

In honor of this weekend’s amazing Triple Crown win by American Pharaoh (the first in 37 years!), we thought that it would be a great time to share with y’all about one of our favorite events that we have had the privilege of hosting the past three years...

This event is a special one.  Not only does it raise money for a good cause (Sugar Creek Equinapy specializes in therapeutic riding lessons.  You can read more about the amazing things they do here.), but it also is just SO MUCH FUN!

First of all, there is the wonderful Kentucky Derby Decor.  It's so festive!
Of course, the "Run for the Roses" made the flower choice of the day pretty easy...
Aren't they beautiful?

Then there is our favorite tradition, the hat contest.  Just check out these beauties!
When you looked around it almost felt like we were at Churchill Downs!
What we especially love about this tradition is that it gets their guests excited and involved prior to the event.  Having your guests plan outfits or costumes is a great way to build enthusiasm leading up to the party date.  Plus, you are more likely to get RSVP's when there is a contest involved!

Speaking of getting guests involved, they had some great prizes for their silent auction!

Of course, no Derby themed party would be complete without the Derby’s official drink, mint juleps.  Our lovely Lisa made them and they were perfect!

This year's gala was made even more special with a live band!
Party Tip: When hosting an annual event, it is always great to add something new each year. This year the band was a great touch that everyone really enjoyed!

Everyone was so pleased with this year's turnout.  It's so fun watching this event grow and we are so thankful that Sugar Creek Equinapy lets us be a part of this special day!
Once again, thank you Sugar Creek Equinapy for all you do and for choosing Faulkner's Ranch for your gala! And congrats again to American Pharoah on making history!

To read about the first year we hosted the gala, click here.

For more Kentucky Derby party ideas, click here.

To follow Sugar Creek Equinapy of Facebook, click here.

Have a great day, y'all!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Meet Pumpkin!

Howdy y’all!
We think it’s about time that we formally introduce one of our favorite furry friends here at Faulkner’s Ranch.  After all, she does appear on our Instagram at least a few times a week, so ya might as well learn how she became such a wonderful part of our ranch family.

Meet Pumpkin the Barn Cat!
Oh, sweet Pumpkin! Where to even begin?  She is everyone’s favorite and has THE BEST personality.  She is like a dog in a cat’s body (no offense to cats!).  She follows the ranch hands around the ranch and will actually obey when they ask her to stay outside the banquet barn and kitchen as they go in and out (she’s very polite).  She is also very confident.  When she walks into a room, she automatically assumes that everyone is glad to see her. Guess what? She’s right!  Whenever we hear the bell from her collar jingling we get excited because we know that Pumpkin isn’t far away.

Pumpkin appeared at Faulkner’s Ranch last year during the final week of September, right before Pumpkin Season (hence the name).  She eventually found her way into the arms of some ranch hands who instantly fell in love with her.  They snuck her into the pony barn, where she became very comfortable greeting guests and receiving TONS of attention.  Before we knew it, she had made the ranch her home!  It wasn’t uncommon during Pumpkin Season to see her being carried around by guests all over the play area.  It was official - she owned the place!
She's great at helping sort inventory ;)
That’s when we knew it was time to make her really feel at home.  We fixed up our old chicken coop where she currently resides with her roommate, Carmie the Rabbit.  We renamed their home the “cabbit" - pretty clever, huh?

She spends her days roaming the ranch and sunning on the warm concrete.  During events she stays in her cabbit and we get her out for guests to meet her if they wish.

One of the things that we love the most about her is that she is always finding ways to make us laugh out loud - especially because we are always finding her in the most unusual places.  It’s not uncommon to open a cabinet and hear a little meow or to find her snuggled up with the plush animals in the gift shop.  She also loves to sit on our desk and stare out the windows at the birds.
If only we could teach her how to answer the phones...
The only problem we have found with Pumpkin is that she is too cute and is always posing in the most adorable ways just begging us to pick up our cameras and capture another picture of her.  It can be pretty distracting when we need to get work done!
Employee of the Month
So the next time you’re out at the ranch, be sure to ask us where Pumpkin is! She’d love to meet ya!

Have a great day, y’all!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Calling All Company Picnic Planners!

Ready to RSVP?
Call 816-761-5055 or e-mail with the name of your group and how many will be attending.
We hope to see y'all there!

For more info on our Company Picnic Packages, click here!

Have a great day, y'all!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Happy Mother of the Bride

We can go on and on about how wonderful our ranch weddings are.  But nothing truly says it best like a letter from a happy mother of the bride.  The Whiteaker/Oakes wedding was one of our favorite weddings we've ever done and we were so happy when this showed up in our inbox just a week later.

Sat, Nov 9, 2013

Good morning Lisa!

Boy, it is hard to imagine exactly 1 week ago it was wedding day, what a fast week it has been!

I am one happy Mom I know that for a fact! You all outdid yourselves at my daughters wedding and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have had many people in conversation this week tell me how wonderful the staff was during our cookie hour and supper hour. The supper was magnificent!  A true family atmosphere that fit the Whiteaker and Oakes Families to a "T".  I was busy with the kids trying to take it all in and I know I missed a lot , but, knowing you all were taking care of things on our special day is overwhelming. There are not enough thank yous in the world to tell you how I feel on the inside. This is a wedding people will be are still are talking about for awhile and that makes me very proud.   

Recognition is such a "must" during life and I would appreciate it if you passed on my thankfulness to each of the staff that evening. My only wish is I would have wrapped my arms around each of them and given them a big hug because that is who I am. If Mike told me once he told me twice how he was keeping a watchful eye on the kids gifts, so much appreciated.

I sure hope you all are still around when the time comes for my son to get married. Once again thank you for a country elegant memorable experience. 

Much love, hugs and Blessings from this Mom!

Julie Whiteaker 

She also left such a sweet comment on our Facebook page...

Feedback like this is why we do what we do.  It is such a wonderful feeling to know that we were an integral party of this day that they they will remember forever.

Oh, and before we go, we just have to share one more thing.  
Just look at their cupcake tower! Isn't it beautiful?!

Have a great day, y'all!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sprinkler Fitters Holiday Party

On December 6th we welcomed back the Sprinkler Fitters Local #314 for their annual holiday party! 
We had so much fun partying with them last year, so we were thrilled that they once again chose Faulkner's Ranch to celebrate.
After spending just a little bit of time with them, it is clear that this group LOVES to get together.  It's no wonder since they go the extra mile to make their events special for their employees.  One aspect of their event that made it extra special was that not only do they include current employees and their families, but they also included retirees from the union as well.  How awesome is that?! That right there is TRUE employee appreciation!
It created a wonderful atmosphere!
Fun for ALL ages!
After enjoying a traditional turkey lunch buffet (yum!), 
the Sprinkler Fitters were visited by none other than Jolly Old St. Nick himself!
 One of our favorite parts of holiday events is when Santa visits and guests get to take photos with him in our beautiful antique sleigh.  The kiddos at this party were all decked out in adorable holiday finery, so were are sure that many of these photos ended up in family greeting cards or on the fireplace mantle.  You gotta love when company parties create memories that will last a lifetime!

Of course, no visit to Faulkner's is complete without seeing the stars of the Ranch - our animals!  Even though it was a crisp day, our guests stayed warm in toasty in our heated petting farm barn.  Our party animals sure loved the extra attention!
We are so glad that Sprinkler Fitters chose Faulkner's Ranch once again as their party venue! It means so much to us when we become part of a tradition, especially when it is with a fantastic company and group of people!

For more info on our holiday parties, company picnics, and more, please visit our website!

Have a great day, y'all!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lately At the Ranch

Howdy y'all!
It's been awhile since we've shared some stuff over here, but just you wait - we have lots of exciting blogs coming up in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, here are a few things that have been happening around the ranch...

  • Last month we wrapped up our Holiday Party Season.  We always have a few January parties (a great alternative to the December party if you're already thinking about what your company is going to do next year).  These parties were an absolute blast! We can't wait to share our favorite details about them with you, so stay tuned.
  • We have been under construction! Our new catering kitchen has taken longer to build than expected, but it is almost done, y'all! We are just putting the finishing touches on it before we give you the big reveal.  As of this past week two fryers, a 4-burner stove top, smoker, freezer, fridge, prep tables, and a dishwasher are all installed.  Here's a sneak peak of all the stainless steel beauty:
  • In January and February we hosted three Barn Warmings.  These Open Houses are the perfect opportunity for our brides to see the banquet barn all dressed up, meet some of our favorite vendors, and sample our delicious wedding menu.  Plus, we got to show off some of the new projects we've been working on, like this old door turned chalkboard sign up-cycle that will be perfect for wedding season.  
    What do you think?
  • Speaking of weddings, we are currently transforming the house on the ranch into a Bridal Changing Cottage.  This will be the perfect place for our brides and their wedding parties to get ready the day of.  Check out this sweet little detail we just added to it. Cowboy Tim found it at the Greenwood Antique Store for only $15! We just love little treasures like this!
  • Winter has been all about the Pony Parties over here.  Guests get the full Pony Party experience AND stay warm in our heated Pony Party Barn.  The mama's and papa's have been out of this world lately with their creativity.  We have so many fun ideas to share with you in the next few weeks.  Just check out this amazing cake made by Cami's Cakes in Eudora, KS:
  • Did we tell you that we had a new baby?! Meet George.  This is really early for a lamb to be born, but don't worry - this little guy is staying nice and cozy in our heated petting farm with its mama and family.  And no, you're not mistaken.  He is the cutest thing ever.
  • We've also been 'sprucin the place up and planted some new trees...
  • Oh, and we got some new toys too!
  • And last, but not least, we're not jealous that Bob and Marilyn are enjoying some time in Florida.
Nope, not jealous at all.

Anyway, that's what we have been up to.  What about you???

Have a great day, y'all!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Calling All Brides!

We've added three Barn Warming dates to our 2015 calendar!
  • Saturday, Jan. 10th 1pm - 4pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 29th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 21st 1pm - 4pm
We are opening the barn doors so that you can get a glimpse of one of Kansas City's most unique wedding venues!
Our Barn Warmings are the perfect opportunity to preview our facility and amenities, as well as meet with our wedding coordinators and select vendors. 

Plus, we'll be serving samples of our delicious wedding menu!

Enjoy a taste of our Faulkner's Ranch favorites:

- Miniature Meatballs in BBQ Sauce
- Smoked Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauces
- Smokey Turkey Dollar Sandwiches
- Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Coleslaw Garnish
- Fresh Green Salad tossed with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
- Brunt End Baked Beans
- Warm Yeast Rolls

This year, we are asking brides to please call ahead to reserve a 30 minute consultation with a Faulkner's Ranch Wedding Coordinator. You can RSVP at 816-761-5055.

For more info on our Barn Warmings and wedding packages, click here.
For directions to Faulkner’s Ranchclick here.
*Please note that sometimes when entering “Faulkner’s Ranch” into your GPS or phone it will take you to Benjamin Ranch.

Have a great day, y'all!

~ Your Friends at Faulkner's

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