Corporate Party Ideas for the Holidays

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Throwing your employees a Thanksgiving party is a great way to let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work. This year, you can make your corporate party extra special with these simple party planning tips. Time and Place The holidays are a busy time for most people. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that both the time and place work for everybody. You should pick a location that’s festive and centrally located for employees. If you decide to host an office party, make sure to go the extra mile with your decor to give the event a boost of festivity. Next, select a time that won’t overlap with family activities. Try scheduling the party a day or two before Thanksgiving or, if you want to have the party on Thanksgiving, select a time that doesn’t conflict with dinner. Theme When choosing the party’s decor, try sticking to a theme. A fall harvest is a simple idea with tons of possibilities. Try decorating with fall squashes, carved pumpkins and a bouquet of leafy greens. An apple theme can also give you great ideas for fun decorations, delicious food and beverage pairings. Activities Plan a few activities to ensure that everyone will have a good time. You can compile a list of fun …
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Featured Recipe: Cheddar Apple Pie

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Head into your kitchen and bake a pie this weekend! I promise it will lift your mood, calm your energy, and result in a bright and savory Cheddar Apple Pie. Wondering why anyone would ever add cheddar cheese to a pie crust? Well, it’s not a modern technique whatsoever. Combining nuts, sweets, fruit, and cheese has been happening since ancient times. The sharp taste of the cheese and the sweet and juicy flavors of the apples creates a flavorful fall pie that will really ignite the taste buds.   That’s why the Hickory Farms 3 Year Aged Cheddar pairs so well with the seasonal apples. The sharp cheese balances the sweetness of the apples. Serve this pie with a glass of Malbec and you’ll discover a pairing that you’ll fall in love with this holiday season.     Another great reason why pie-making is one of my favorite kitchen tasks is because you can get the entire family involved or even have friends over for a pie making afternoon. While someone peels and slices the apples, others can make the pie dough, and grate the cheddar cheese, all while joyfully thinking that the results are going to be a luscious, apple-filled, cheddar-studded pie! Serve …
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Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries

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Early mornings tend to get the best of us, but during those lazy weekend mornings when everyone stirs from their beds at their own pace, breakfast should be a treat. A special kind of treat, a time when you bake something exceptionally delicious for your family. Today, I’m sharing these absolutely fantastic, melt in your mouth Apricot Toaster Pastries made with sweet Apricot Preserves from the Hickory Farms Farmstand Fruit Spread Collection. If you’re the kind of family that loves popping a store bought toaster pastry into your oven or toaster, than these will definitely be an improvement! Homemade with ingredients you can pronounce, they’re tastier than any of the other pastries that have ever graced your toaster’s insides!   The natural Hickory Farms Apricot Preserves add just the perfect hint of sweetness and fruity flavor that these whole wheat toaster pastries crave. The fact that they are whole wheat will make you confident in serving these to your kids and family. These are great when made ahead and frozen individually, just thaw for a couple of minutes before baking.   Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries Makes 10 large pastries 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry …
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