How to Plan a Fun Caroling Party (Go Caroling Day – Dec. 20)

The holidays are all about creating memories. For a unique way to celebrate this year, consider hosting a party steeped in tradition by inviting your friends over for a little caroling in the neighborhood. Take advantage of Go Caroling Day on December 20, and try these tips for planning a fun caroling party.

Getting ready to carol

A successful caroling party takes a bit of planning. A few weeks before the party begins, it is best to start practicing. Invite your friends over to search through classic holiday tunes and decide which songs you are going to sing. Try to select a good mix of classic and contemporary music. Print out a copy of the lyrics for each participant and decide who will sing each part.

Another important consideration for planning your celebration is the logistics of the caroling itself. Take some time to plan the route that you are going to take and how you will get from place to place. Keep in mind that you want to spend most of your time singing rather than walking or driving.

Bring along treats for the road

To keep your spirits up, pack a few snacks to enjoy between visits. For something that is easily portable, bring the Cranberry & Sesame Nut Mix from our Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box. If you are looking for a treat that is even more festive, fill thermoses with hot chocolate and pair it with our Peppermint Snow Mints.

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Plan the after-party

After you have finished your performance, invite everybody back to your home for some celebratory treats. For a simple snack that is easy to prepare, just slice the cheese and sausage from our Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler gift box and arrange it on a platter with the included crackers. You will also want to be sure to have some warm drinks on hand, such as hot cider or mulled wine.

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With these tips and a few ingredients from Hickory Farms, throwing a fun caroling party couldn’t be easier.

Featured Basket: Holiday Treasure Chest

With the holidays just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your gift list. From a favorite teacher to your best friend, a thoughtful holiday present makes everybody feel special. This year, give the gift of great food and wonderful   memories with our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket.

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The Gift Box

The first thing that your lucky gift recipient will notice when you present him or her with the Holiday Treasure Chest basket is the beautiful box. Decorated with a lively holiday motif, the gift box is the perfect place to store holiday decorations, keepsakes, or other mementos.

Inside the box, you will find a delicious assortment of treats. With a selection of sweet
and savory delicacies, the contents of the Holiday Treasure Chest is sure to suit everybody’s tastes.

Serving Suggestions

The Holiday Treasure Chest has everything that you need for a festive celebration. Start by slicing pieces of our Turkey Summer Sausage, Beef Summer Sausage, and Smoked Gouda Blend, and arrange the slices in layers on a decorative platter. To really make the flavors pop, accompany your meat and cheese with crackers, veggies, and a side of the Sweet Hot Mustard that you will also find in the basket.

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When your guests are ready for a sweet treat, our featured Holiday Treasure Chest basket provides them with two great options. For something that is a nice mix of sweet and salty, the Peanut Brittle Popcorn offers a great combination of flavors. If you prefer a treat that is cool and refreshing, our Peppermint Snow Mints are just the thing. With so many delicious treats combined in one gourmet basket, the Holiday Treasure Chest truly offers something for everybody.

Featuring gourmet items beautifully wrapped in a keepsake box, the Holiday Treasure Chest is the perfect gift for anybody on your holiday list. If you are looking for more ideas for great gifts this year, be sure to take a look at the beautiful selection of custom gift baskets available at Hickory Farms.

 

Host a Classic Christmas Party for Family & Friends

One of the most important parts of the holiday season is sharing your family traditions with your children. Pass on beautiful memories by hosting a classic Christmas party for friends and family with Hickory Farms and these tips.

Holiday Traditions

Although Christmas celebrations began around 336 A.D., the holiday really took off in the 1800s when it became a treasured family holiday. From these historic roots, classic pieces of the ancient celebration, such as Christmas greenery, Saint Nick, the tradition of gift giving, and mistletoe kissing, emerged. To keep your party grounded in tradition, be sure to incorporate a few of these classic elements.

Preparing Your Home

Christmas decor instantly makes your home warm and welcoming. Make sure that your friends and family really feel the holiday spirit by sprinkling your home with green and red accents. Try throwing a red gingham blanket over your sofa and draping your mantle in garland. For an extra yummy decorative option, thread strings with our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle for your tree. Your guests will love plucking their dessert from the branches.

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Plan the Menu

Nothing really creates as many holiday memories as food. For a classic and elegant menu, start by preparing a Beef Tenderloin paired with a truffled wine sauce. This delicious combination of classic flavors is made extra special with the addition of cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, and a big splash of the Pinot Noir from our All The Cellar’s Best gift box.

Complete your meal with festive sides, such as a mixed green salad with our Mandarin oranges, cranberries, and slices of our Triple Crème Cheese. Cinnamon stewed apples made with our Fuji Apples, spices, and sugar is another great side dish that will add a nice sweetness to your savory meal.

Pay homage to classic holiday traditions with these guidelines for festive food and decor. For everything from your holiday hors d’oeuvres to your holiday gifts, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift basket for you.