Planning for the Solar Eclipse

On August 21st a total solar eclipse will occur. Portions of Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and other states will be prime viewing areas, mostly in rural, sparsely populated areas. If you plan to go somewhere to view the eclipse or want to sell food or memorabilia, be sure you are a good citizen, obeying local laws and showing courtesy to fellow viewers.

Till Death (or Divorce) Do Us Part...

Many couples enter marriage with stars in their eyes; we will be together forever; we will grow old together; nothing can come between us. And then life happens. Life can be messy and hard. Someone may have an accident or develop a terminal illness. He or she may become mentally incapacitated. A spouse might leave the family or become abusive. During times when emotions are running high the last thing you want to think about is the nitty gritty details of life, but not doing so could have serious, possibly permanent, consequences.

Keep Your Guests Comfortable at Hot Summer Events

Summer time and the living is easy, as the song goes. It is also hot, with average summer daytime temperatures in southern Idaho in the 90s. If you are planning an outdoor event, there are a number of ways to keep your guests from melting in the heat.

Planning to Rent a Bounce House? Beware!

This is summer party season, a time when bounce houses are in demand for birthday parties, wedding receptions, company picnics and other events. Kids love them, but are they really safe? You have probably heard about the plethora of germs found in fast food restaurant play areas. Well, they are also found in bounce houses. If the rental center does not disinfect the bounce house after each use, it can be a breeding ground for staph, chicken pox, measles, athletes foot and other diseases, including topical skin infections. Even a new bounce house can harbor bacteria if it wasn't cleaned after delivery and before the first use.

California Couple Marries on Mount Everest

Ashley and James are a California couple who love the outdoors. They wanted to do something unique for their wedding, something that reflects their personalities and interests. After considering numerous options, they decided to get married on Mount Everest at the base camp, complete with white gown, tuxedo and hiking boots.

Adventure photographer Charleton Churchill was hired to accompany them and take a few photos. The results are amazing and can be seen at

Thank you, Ashley and James, for sharing your special day with the world.

Planning a European Honeymoon or Vacation? State Department Issues Warnings

Are you thinking of traveling to Europe anytime soon, perhaps for a honeymoon or vacation? If so, be sure to check the U.S. State Department's travel website for information and warnings. On May 1, 2017 the State Department issued a travel alert to Europe, saying, 
       “widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

Creating and Responding to Requests for Proposals (RFP)

From time to time I receive RFPs from companies, government agencies and non-profits planning a conference, awards banquet or another large community event. Some are detailed, making it easy to respond. Others are very general, making one guess exactly what the planners have in mind. When I receive a general RFP I need to decide whether I have the time to find out what is needed and do the research to provide a detailed, comprehensive proposal. Often I choose not to respond. A poorly prepared RFP can be a sign of a poorly organized planner or planning committee, making the event planner's work more difficult. The event planner should not have to manage the planners, as well as the event.