Throw a Halloween Party to Remember

 
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    From cute and playful to scary and spooky, coming up with a particular theme for your Halloween party is a fun way to show off your festive spirit. Plus, your options for party decor and tasty appetizers are virtually endless. Make this year’s gathering extra special by impressing your guests with one of these four party ideas. Crime Laboratory Transform your home into a crime lab for a fun twist on the murder mystery. Welcome your guests with their lab coat and ID badge and leave clues so they can find the suspect. For the buffet, fill measuring cups with cubes of our cheeses and sausages and place an assortment of our mustards in petri dishes. Little decorative touches, like fingerprint pillows and placing flowers in beakers, will round out the design. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party For a quirky and colorful soiree, throw your own Mad Hatter tea party. Tell your guests to dress up in mismatched vintage clothes and hats. Simple decor options include antique tea pots and framed character silhouettes. For an easy buffet, make an assortment of finger sandwiches from our sausage, cheese and fruit spreads. You can even decorate them with tomato slices shaped into hearts and diamonds, so the sandwiches look like …
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Thoughtful Gifts for a Well-Deserved Promotion

 
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      We spend a great portion of our days interacting with our employees and co-workers, so it’s important to acknowledge their achievements over the years. One way we can do this is by giving them a thoughtful gift when they receive a promotion. You can make it a group gift from the whole team or a special surprise just from you. Below are a few suggestions from Hickory Farms for rewarding a valued employee and saying a job well done. Thoughtful Office Accessories Keep it businesslike and gift them with a leather portfolio, desk set or nameplate engraved with their new title. Another thoughtful idea is a picture frame, so they can display a special family photo or memorable vacation shot in style on their desk or credenza. The Gift of Time If you’re the supervisor or manager of an employee who just ascended another rung on the corporate ladder, consider recognizing their dedication and hard work with some additional paid time off in the form of extra vacation or personal days. They’ll appreciate your gesture and will return to work refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. Throw a Party Depending on the employee and the industry, throwing a bash in their honor may be a great way …
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4 Ways to Satisfy Your Pumpkin Cravings This October

 
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        One of the main reasons why so many people love October is because of the seasonal harvest and all of the wonderful sweet and savory dishes you can make with pumpkin. Some recipes call for processed, canned pumpkins, but a good source is the leftover flesh from your personally carved jack-o’-lanterns. Hickory Farms is sharing some of our favorite fall recipes to get you inspired and creating in the kitchen. For your next dinner party, try making one of the below recipes to satisfy all of your pumpkin cravings this season. Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Cheddar Simmering this dish on your kitchen stove is a great way to start a crisp autumn day. Subtle notes of nutmeg and creamy Smoked Cheddar Blend add a delightful complexity that blends well with a bit of bacon. Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Applewood Smoked Cheddar Autumn is the perfect time to explore a variety of soup recipes. This one’s great to have on the back burner for a lazy football weekend. Grate a bit of Hickory Farms Smoked Cheddar Blend on top to complete the dish. Pumpkin Cashew Curry over Coconut Rice Add some Eastern inspiration to your menu with this Indian curry dish featuring chicken, pureed pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk. One healthy benefit …
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