3 Ways to Count Down to the New Year with New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

New Year’s Eve party ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Before you know it, it will be time to ring in 2014. Whether you decide to stay home with your family on New Year’s Eve or host a grand celebration, Hickory Farms has New Year’s Eve party ideas to make it a memorable night for all.

 

Planning a New Year’s party with Hickory Farms.

Family Fun

On this night of celebration, let the little ones to stay up in their pajamas and watch the ball drop on TV to celebrate New Year’s Eve. While Mom and Dad are enjoying a toast at midnight with some of Hickory Farms premium wines, pour some sparkling cider in a fancy glass for the kids. If it’s legal in your neighborhood, bundle everyone up and head outside to pop firecrackers. With parental supervision, children can delight in holding bright sparklers.

If you’re not one who enjoys rowdy crowds, have a couple friends over for a New Year’s pajama party. Lay out a decadent spread of New Year’s Eve party food with Hickory Farms Winter Wonderland Basket. Relax and enjoy bottles of Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, hard and soft cheeses, three varieties of summer sausage, sweet treats and much more.

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hickory Farms.

A Gala Affair 

Invite the gang to glam it up, and ring in the New Year with Charles Lafitte Sparkling Wine Brut Prestige, that, along with a bottle of Parducci Sustainable Red, are just two of the treats in Hickory Farms Cheers to You Gift Box. One interesting idea when planning a New Year’s party is to have a fondue pot with melted cheese and crusty French bread cut into bite-size pieces and skewers for guests to dip. Set out another pot full of melted chocolate for fruits like strawberries or delicious bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit from Hickory Farms Fresh From the Farm Basket.

No matter the occasion, Hickory Farms has plenty of festive and delicious New Year’s Eve party food ideas to please any palate. Start an account and order your wine and cheese basket today!

Holiday Gift Ideas & Easy Picnic Ideas: Pack and Go Picnic Tote

Planning a picnic with Hickory Farms
Enjoying a beautiful day outdoors with a picnic is one of summer’s best treats. But why wait? Give your friends or loved ones a gift they’ll never forget this holiday season by presenting them with a Hickory Farms Pack and Go Picnic Tote. You can take them on a memorable winter picnic with these five easy picnic ideas.

 

Picnic food for kids from Hickory Farms.

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When planning a picnic, start by setting the dress code. Make sure your guests are prepared to be outside for an hour or two. In colder climates, you may want to suggest that all of your guests wear snow pants and parkas. Be sure to also bring a few extra scarves and gloves along in case one of your guests doesn’t bundle up as much as they should.

 

Winter picnic ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Next, prepare the table. If you want to keep your party simple, just lay out a brightly colored blanket. However, if you’re looking for something a little more elaborate, try this winter picnic idea by making your own amazing snow table. Start by packing snow into a large garbage can and a couple of small containers. Allow the containers to sit out overnight and, on the day of your picnic, turn the containers over to release the snow. Use the larger mound of compacted snow for the table and the smaller ones for stools. Bring along a heat source for a cozy place to warm up. Outdoor stoves are a great option.

 

Winter picnic food from Hickory Farms.

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Start the meal with something hot to drink, such as hot chocolate or one of the selections from our Ceylon Tea Collection, accompanied by Peppermint Snow Mints. Serve the drinks in fun thermoses to keep everything nice and warm.

Finally, serve the winter picnic food! Keep your meal simple by creating a platter with slices of Our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers. For dessert, try Christmas Tree Pretzels and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

With these easy picnic ideas and the Hickory Farms Pack and Go Picnic Tote, your friends and family will love being treated to a special winter picnic with their unique picnic basket holiday gift.

Host an Elegant Wine and Cheese Party

There are few culinary combinations that work together as well as wine and cheese. By learning just a few basics of wine and cheese pairings, you can create combinations that bring out the true complexities of both, allowing you to experience new nuances of flavor. Use these five tips to host an elegant wine and cheese party for your friends and family.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Start by gathering your wines and cheeses. While as a general rule, white wines make better pairings, you can also use a lighter-bodied red. When creating your pairings, choose to contrast your flavors. If you’re using a creamy cheese, for example, a dessert wine will bring out its natural sweetness, while dry wines will add a pleasing acidic note. To make sure you enjoy your selections, try out your pairings before serving them at a party.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Next, send out your invitations. For something unique, make your wine and cheese invitations with personalized coasters that your guests can bring along to the party.

 

Wine & cheese from Hickory Farms

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Prepare your wine and cheese. Place sliced cheeses on slate trays with the name and description of each cheese written on the platter and remove your cheese from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Chill your white wines to about 45 degrees and your reds to 60.

Wine and cheese party ideas from Hickory Farms
 

Put out some snacks. Options that pair well with cheese platters include Hickory Farms’ Mixed Nuts or Colossal Cashews from the Hickory Holiday Celebration, or the Shortbread Cookies and  Signature Beef Summer Sausage included in the Winter Wonderland Basket.

Wine and cheese pairings from Hickory Farms

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Create a festive atmosphere. Prepare a few tasteful decorations, such as fresh flowers and candles, and a sophisticated playlist featuring jazz and classical music.

With these simple wine and cheese party ideas and one of Hickory Farms’ gourmet wine and cheese baskets, featuring fine wines, creamy cheeses, fresh fruits and delicious snacks, you’ll have everything that you need to throw an elegant wine and cheese party.