Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: How To Have a FUN Rehearsal Dinner

We love when our brides and grooms choose to go a casual, fun route with their rehearsal dinners and lunches.  After all, since they will be in suits and dresses the next day, why not have a little bit of fun at the rehearsal dinner?

That is exactly what the Lynch Wedding did when they had their rehearsal dinner at Faulkner's Ranch!
To give you an idea of how much fun they and their guests had just check out this pic:
That's right! They had a a dunk tank!
And who would that be getting ready to dunk the groom?
Grandma of course!

The fun didn't stop there though.  After serving some delicious BBQ, the bride and groom handed out some super neat gifts to their wedding party.

We absolutely loved the gifts that the bridesmaids received...

The Soon-To-Be-Mrs. sewed these aprons herself and delivered them in these adorable insulate lunch bags made by Thirty One Bags.
Aren't they cute?!
Don't worry about the guys - they weren't left out!  This is what the fellas got...
Talk about getting the party started!

Want to make sure that your rehearsal dinner is just as fun as this one?
Just follow these three steps!
1.  Don't be afraid to have fun!  Keep in mind that a lot of people might be traveling in or taking a mini-vacation for your big day.  So why not treat them to something awesome?  Activities like dunk tanks, mechanical bulls, and games are a great way to add some fun memories to your rehearsal dinner.
2.  When it comes to giving your bridal party gifts, it is the thought that truly counts!  That's why we loved the aprons - they are so personal! Another great gift idea is to give your party jewelry to wear on the big day.  Something that they can use and show off always makes for a wonderful present.
3.  Give Yourself a Break!  You've been planning everything leading up to your big day and often times, by this point, brides and grooms can be pretty exhausted and stressed out.  So take a break and relax!! After all, this is celebrating you!  Take a note from the couple above - even the bride was in the dunk tank!

Are you interested in having your wedding or rehearsal dinner at Faulkner's Ranch or Benjamin Ranch?  Just give us a call at (816) 761-5055 and we'll make it happen!  Or just stop on by our Barn Warming Wedding Open House on June 12th from 6-8pm.

Oh, and check back next week to see another awesome wedding!  It was absolutely beautiful!  Trust us, you won't want to miss it!

Have a great day, ya'll!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Burlap Wedding Cakes

Rustic chic weddings are all the rage right now!
One easy and inexpensive way to achieve the rustic chic vibe is by incorporating burlap into your wedding.  Not only is it a budget-friendly fabric choice, but when combined with some lace and flowers it is downright elegant.  Burlap can be used in everything from table runners to wreaths to pillows.  But one of the surprising places that we love to find it is on wedding cakes.
Just check out the photos below for some inspiration on how you can use burlap to create a beautiful and unique wedding cake that your guests will love!


Which one is your favorite?

Are you interested in having your dream day at Faulkner's Ranch or Benjamin Ranch?  Just give us a call and we'll make it happen!

Have a great day, ya'll!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hiring a Birthday Photographer

One of our favorite birthday party trends that we are seeing more of this year is parents hiring professional photographers for the big day.
There are so many benefits to this:

1.  Hiring a photographer let's you enjoy the party! Instead of worrying about getting pictures of every moment, you are a part of every moment.
2.  The photos will be better.  After all, they're pros at it!
3.  You not only have beautiful photographs to keep as keepsakes, but you can also use them on thank you notes.

Need to see for yourself?  Just check out these photos from one of our parties taken by Jennifer Cuscino of  JWC Fotos.

Aren't they priceless?  You can hiring Jennifer for your Pony Party by calling (913) 515-7551 or e-mailing her at

To book your Pony Party at Faulkner's Ranch, click here or give us a call at (816) 761-1234.

Have a great day, ya'll!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Cowboy Bob

Does anyone know who this handsome cowboy is?

That's right!
It's Cowboy Bob Faulkner sporting some fancy duds from 
Still as handsome as ever!

Have a great day, ya'll!

PS - To read the story of how the Faulkner's got their start, click here!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our 5 Favorite Wedding Planning Resources

Planning a wedding isn't necessarily an easy task. That's why when you have a wedding at Faulkner's Ranch or Benjamin Ranch we do everything we can to make sure that your planning goes as smooth as possible.
So, in order to help you out, we've compiled a list of 
our Five Favorite Wedding Planning Resources.


Why We Love It:  This website literally tools for everything you need to plan your wedding and keep it organized.  In addition to the thousands of inspiration photos, there is an awesome timeline to keep you on track, as well as great reviews of vendors in your city.  This is definitely a great starting place for any bride-to-be!


Why We Love It:  This website is another great source for inspiration from flowers to dresses to cakes.  And best of all, everything is local!  This is a must-bookmark-site for anyone having a wedding in the Kansas City area!


Why We Love It:  This blog is the wedding blog of choice for any brides planning a rustic or country wedding.  In addition to beautiful inspiration photos, it features DIY projects, etiquette advice, and helpful articles.  There is also it's sister site, Rustic Wedding Guide, which helps connect couples to the best rustic wedding vendors.


Why We Love It: If you are looking for ideas and inspiration, Pinterest is the place to go!  Just beware - you might get stuck on there for hours pinning your heart away!  Another great advantage of Pinterest? It helps keep your inspiration ideas in one place.  Just be sure to make a "secret board" if you want to keep them a surprise before your big day.

There is a reason why we do this professionally.  We love putting on top-knotch events.  Our event coordinators can point you to the best of the best based for whatever you are looking for.  We are connected with the best DJ's, florists, and entertainers in the business. Just ask and we'll be able to point you in the right direction!

Are you interested in having your wedding at Faulkner's Ranch or Benjamin Ranch?  Just visit our website or give us a call today at (816) 761-1234.
We can't wait to make your dream day come true!

Have a great day, ya'll!

~ Your Friends at Faulkner's

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Word From the Herd: Pony Party Saturdays

I think it goes without saying that most people love Saturdays.  It's the weekend after all!
Well, we especially love them here at the ranch because our Saturday's are filled with Pony Parties!
Lately we've had some super cute parties come through.
Just see for yourself!

We loved this Toy Story inspired birthday cake!  Isn't it adorable?
Adelyn, one of our birthday cowgirls, loves animals.  So of course this super cute cake was very fitting!
These adorable cupcakes were made with love by one of the birthday mama's. We love how she used the old fashioned peanut candy.  It made us think of Bud Faulkner, better known as Granddaddy, and how he always kept that kind of candy in his office at the Western Wear store.
They are pretty creative, huh?
We can't forget to showcase some of the Pony Party fashion.  Gotta love a fancy pair of boots!
Of course, no birthday would be complete without meeting the party animals!
Check out these two little siblings.  They're just two weeks old and best friends already!
The parties especially love the goat climb! (And so do the goats!  They always have very happy tummies after birthday parties!)
We love a great party favor! We love how these healthy treats were wrapped up in bandannas!
And last but not least, a special thanks to all of our little birthday cowgirls and cowboys!  You make our Saturdays so much fun!

Are you interested in having your kiddo's birthday party at Faulkner's Ranch?
Click here to see what is included in our Pony Party package.

Have a great day, ya'll!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Word From the Herd: Kentucky Derby Gala

On May 4th, we were thrilled to host Sugar Creek Equinapy's Kentucky Derby Party here at the ranch.
Sugar Creek Equinapy is not-for-profit charitable organization that serves those who have disabilities through equine-assisted therapy at their therapeutic riding center located in Harrisonville, MO.  To give you just a glimpse at the amazing things they do, just read their mission statement:
"Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those who have physically, mentally, emotionally, or debilitating life situation through the use of equinapy, our horse-assisted therapy program. We will strive to make a positive difference in the lives of our staff, volunteers, and our animals, to create an atmosphere that is inclusive to all."

Needless to say, we were so excited to have them here at the ranch celebrating our mutual love for horses.
This party was a lot of fun!  There were so many neat ideas that they incorporated that made us feel like we were at the actual Derby.

For example, like any good Derby Day, there were lots of awesome hats!
In fact, the students created and entered Derby Hats into a competition to be voted on.  Here was the winning hat that day:
Pretty cool, huh?

They also had the official Derby drink, Mint Juleps.
Lisa here used mint from her garden and sonic crushed ice to add her own flair to this classic drink.  She truly went above and beyond making them - they were delicious!

For food they chose to serve an incredibly yummy spread of our wings, sausage medallions, pulled pork sliders, cheeses, and assorted veggies.  Just thinking about it makes us hungry again!

In addition to the delicious food and drinks, they also played games and had a silent and live auction.  Here's one of the unique items that was up for bid...
A piece of Derby Pie!

And of course, we all gathered around the big screen to watch the 139th Kentucky Derby Race take place.  They say that it is the most exciting two minutes in history and that is so true!

All in all, this was one great party!
A special thanks to Sugar Creek Equinapy for choosing to celebrate at Faulkner's!

As you can see, we host a variety of parties here at Faulkner's Ranch!  Are you interested in having your special event with us?  Just click here for more info or give us a call today!

Have a great day, ya'll!

PS - Congrats to Orb on his big win!

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