Showing posts from October, 2009

Planning an Event at a Private Home

I just returned from looking at a home where a spring wedding will be held in the beautifully landscaped yard. Having an event at a private home may make it more personal and recall special memories, but it isn't necessarily the least expensive way to go and there can be numerous drawbacks. Before deciding to have an event at home, consider the following:

Is there enough space to accommodate the anticipated number of guests?

Is adequate parking available?

Will the noise disturb neighbors?

Will the homeowners need or want to make repairs or landscape? Some people use a special event as a catalyst to make home improvements; just don't start remodeling the kitchen 3 weeks before a major event.

Do the homeowners or neighbors have pets that might be a problem, such as an excitable dog?

Do any guests have allergies or asthma that might be triggered by plants or pets?

Is the home or yard handicapped-accessible, if necessary. Could someone in a wheel chair or using a walker get throu…

The Great Pumpkin Launch

Do you enjoy smashing big things into tiny little pieces? If so, you would have enjoyed Canyon County Habitat for Humanity's annual Great Pumpkin Launch, held this afternoon at a farm near Nampa. Attendees could purchase tickets to launch a pumpkin from any of four cannons toward targets across a field.

In addition to the launch, food was available, both to eat on site and to take home, such as potatoes, onions, and pumpkins. A raffle of several donated items also occurred. All proceeds benefit the work of Canyon County Habitat for Humanity.
Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in October next year and plan to attend this fun event.

Local Baker Featured on Learning Channel

In late September Greg Marsh, the owner of Greg Marsh Designer Cakes in Eagle, was featured on the Learning Channel's program "The Ultimate Cake Off." Greg participated in a contest to design a cake to celebrate the Peterson Automotive Museum's anniversary. Greg's completed chocolate chip espresso cake was 7.5 feet tall and included motorized parts. The cake won the contest's taste test and was runner-up as best cake. Unfortunately, TLC does not allow photos of the cake to be shared, but you can see it at You can also find the recipe on the same site.

Congratulations to Greg and staff for a fine job!

Consign Your Event Leftovers

Are your cupboards filled with vases, centerpieces, tulle, and other items left over from a recent event? Would you like to sell that bridesmaid's dress hanging in the closet, or even your wedding gown? If so, you might consider consigning the items. Be Twice Inspired Wedding Sale, LLC holds semi-annual consignment sales in Boise and Spokane. The two day sale is usually held at the Powerhouse Event Center in Boise.

The next sale is scheduled for October 16 and 17. Friday the 16th the sale begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person and the Powerhouse will provide hors d’oeurves and champagne while you shop. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

If you have items to consign, visit to register and to learn how the sale works.

Consigning your items or purchasing gently used items is a great way to earn or save money and it helps the environment as well.