Corporate Party Ideas for the Holidays

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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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.

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Source: Southern Living

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.

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Activities

Plan a few activities to ensure that everyone will have a good time. You can compile a list of fun games to play during the event, as well as a playlist for background music. Additionally, you can plan charitable activities, such as a canned food drive, to help spread holiday cheer to others in need.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Food

Food is one of the core components of every great party. Because your employees will be eating heavy meals at upcoming holiday celebrations, it’s a good idea to stick to snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Set out our Home for the Holidays gift box to lay out an assortment of cheeses, sausages and crackers, or the Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket featuring a variety of sausages, mixed nuts, fruits, cheeses and wines.

By choosing a great venue, planning some activities and taking advantage of our Hickory Farms’ corporate gift baskets, you can throw a great Thanksgiving party that the whole office will love.

Best Wine Pairings with Holiday Ham

The upcoming holidays are typically the busiest time of the year as families begin planning festive dinner parties for friends and relatives. So, chances are high that at least one holiday celebration will feature a spiral ham.

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The variety and versatility of ham makes it a perfect entree, and Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for the best wine pairings with ham to make your holiday dinner a great success.

  • The last you want to do is overwhelm the juicy flavors of a well-cooked ham, so keep that in mind and select something lighter or medium-bodied, like a sparkling Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.
  • The inherent sweetness of ham and the holiday’s traditional sweet side dishes blend best when your wine has a touch of fruity flavor. A type of wine to serve with Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham stands up well next to a fruity Pinot Grigio with a hint of honey.
  • Ham dishes featuring sweet pineapple and brown sugar glazes are a delicious holiday treat that should be paired with a sweet wine. Drier wines can taste too acidic with these foods, so now is the time to serve a sweet drink, like Reisling or Moscato.

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  • It’s a good idea to select a wine with moderate alcohol levels when pairing with a salty ham. A heavy red with lots of tannins can clash with the strong flavors of a salt-cured ham. Wine pairings of this type of ham works well with the smooth and refined flavors of Kendall-Jackson Vitner’s Reserve Chardonnay.

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  • Some holiday hams are of the spicy variety, making Rosé the perfect choice. Other acceptable options include a fruity Cabernet Sauvignon or Gewürztraminer.

No matter which wine is served with a ham dinner, you’ll be a real hit when you enter a holiday gathering with one of Hickory Farms wine gifts like our Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket. Packed in its own reusable gift basket is an assortment of sweet and savory treats, from dark chocolate-dipped almonds and shortbread cookies to summer sausage and cheddar cheese. This elegant holiday gift also comes with two bottles of wine, a Chardonnay from Kendall Jackson and a Cabernet from Murphy.

Place your orders early in time for the holidays by ordering online or calling 800.753.8558.

 

Delicious Halloween-Themed Party Appetizers

Here at Hickory Farms, we love Halloween! Throwing a festive Halloween party is the perfect time way to get creative with your decorations and appetizers. From spooky ghouls to cute little pumpkins, the possibilities for Halloween-inspired treats are endless. You can create some amazing treats for these festivities with some of Hickory Farms’ favorite Halloween snack recipes.

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Cheesy Pumpkins

The traditional cheese ball can easily be transformed into a fun seasonal appetizer by molding it into a pumpkin shape. Start by shredding a mixture of cheese, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend. Then, use a food processor to combine the cheese with cream cheese, dry mustard and garlic, blending until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a pumpkin-shaped muffin tin and refrigerate overnight. Lastly, top everything off with parsley to create a cute little vine effect.

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Halloween-Inspired Hors D’ourvres

If you’re looking for a treat your kids can help out with, have your little chefs whip up a fun twist on traditional cheese and crackers. Start by lining a platter with our Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers. Then, top each cracker off with a piece of Our Signature Beef or Turkey Summer Sausage. Next, cut our cheeses into thin slices. Your kids will have a blast using cookie cutters and butter knives to cut bats, pumpkins and cats out of our cheeses.

smoked gouda blend

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Witch Brooms

Another adorable way to serve your cheese is to transform it into a witch’s broom. First, cut our Smoked Gouda Blend into thin slices. Then, fold each slice in half and use scissors to cut a bit of fringe into the cheese. Finish by rolling the cheese around the bottom of a pretzel stick, fringe pointing down, and securing with a fresh chive.

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Ghost Sandwiches

A cute shape can make a simple sandwich extra special. Start by layering chicken salad, slices of our Fuji Apples and our Farmhouse Cheddar between slices of white bread. Then, use a cookie cutter to create ghost outlines. You can finish this spooky appetizer by using black olives to form the ghost’s eyes.

With Hickory Farms gourmet sausage and cheese, you can transform your snacks into fun and delicious appetizers for Halloween. Your guests will love and appreciate the creativity of your Halloween-themed treats.