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Planning a Halloween Party

In two days it will be October and time to begin thinking about Halloween parties, despite the current 90 degree days. Halloween has become as big a party time for adults as for children, so let the fun begin. Having a party may be a safer alternative for children than going door to door to trick or treat in the cold and dark.

Costumes are a must, whether you are five or sixty-five. You might have a theme party and ask guests to dress appropriately, perhaps as their favorite fictional, movie or historical character. Your decor and food should also reflect the theme. Halloween also provides an opportunity to decorate with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, corn stalks and other fall favorites.

Plan activities to fit the ages of your guests. Many children today have never bobbed for apples, either in a tub of water or with the apples hanging from a string. You might create your own haunted house. It is easy to do in a dark place by creating a winding trail complete with "body parts" …

British Hotel Auctions Wedding on Ebay

When the British government designated April 29, the date of the Royal Wedding, as a national holiday, a large conference planned for a Best Western hotel in Britian was rescheduled. Rather than have their event space and numerous guest rooms sit empty on the new holiday, the staff decided to host their own royal wedding and to auction it off on ebay. They created a package for 50 guests that included cocktails, dinner, an evening dessert buffet, music and dancing, and a guest room for the bride and groom.

The auction was posted four weeks before the wedding date and ran for three days. During that time, 27 couples expressed an interest, many calling for information, and several visiting the hotel. The winning couple paid 1,999 pounds (about $3,200 U.S.) for a package valued at 4,000 pounds. The winning couple had met on-line and this seemed like the perfect way to begin their marriage.

Congratulations to the happy couple and to the hotel for creating a unique marketing idea. The auc…

Caldwell Company Celebrates 100 Years with Four Events

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When George Crookham left Iowa in 1911 to grow popcorn seed in Idaho, he probably never dreamed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren would continue in his footsteps. Today the company he founded, Crookham Company, is known for its sweet corn and onions as much as for its popcorn.Yesterday, after more than two years of planning, we held the last of four centennial celebrations. During the past month we have celebrated with buyers, employees, retirees, family, friends, and local businesses. The Canyon County Commissioners designated September 9 as Crookham Company day in Canyon County.

On August 19 the company hosted their national and international sweet corn seed buyers. Attendees from Europe, South America, Japan, Asia, Australia, Canada and across the U.S. gathered for a full day of activities, including tours of the production fields and research stations and a catered picnic lunch at Ste. Chapelle Winery, as well as special activities for spouses. In the evening, th…