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.

Holiday Gift Guide for Employers

There’s a chill in the air and more than a few snowflakes in many parts of the country, which means it’s once again time to start buying holiday gifts. Hickory Farms makes it easier on busy execs this year with this holiday gift-giving guide for employers. Below are some suggestions for gifts for co-workers, staff and clients.

  • Hydros Water Bottle – This “green” gift is great for employees to use both at work and for their gym workouts. The top filter removes contaminants from tap water and can be reused and washed, so there’s no waste.
  • Hickory Farms offers a wide array of business gifts, so you can show clients that you appreciate their business. Hickory Fireside makes a perfect corporate gift and comes with a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, two kinds of summer sausage, three cheese varieties, and two flavorful mustards for some fireside snacking. Not sure of their tastes? Hickory Farms offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 increments.

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  • Movie passes or event tickets are great choices, especially if you know that certain staff members are film buffs, concert lovers, or appreciate a good professional sporting event. Make sure you gift them with two so they can bring their spouse or a friend.
  • A scented candle can be an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift for a trusted co-worker.
  • If you’re planning the holiday party for your office, include a Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket for the festivities. Packed with tasty treats and a bottle of both red and white wine, this gift basket is sure to be a holiday hit.

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When you think holidays, think Hickory Farms. We offer volume discounts for large orders, and our Business Gift Consultants are standing by to help you select the perfect gifts to make the best impression. We make shopping super easy with online ordering 24-hours a day, or you can call 800.753.8558 to place your order. Call today to ensure your gifts ship in time for the holidays

 

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.

Source: Southern Living

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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Source: Freedigitalphotos.net

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.