Birthday Gifts for Foodie Friends

Have you been racking your brain trying to think of the perfect birthday gift for a friend? For the foodie friend that seems to have it all, your personal touch and a little TLC will go a long way toward making their birthday gift extra special. Give the food enthusiasts in your life a wonderful gift they won’t forget with these fantastic food basket ideas.

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Decadent truffles are a truly special treat. Make your own by melting chocolate, amaretto,and vanilla in a double broiler. Cool the mixture before forming into small balls rolled in sugar and cocoa. Wrap your truffles in a festive box and present the lucky birthday person with your treats, accompanied by a box of Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles. This decadent combination of sweets will be a perfect alternative to the classic birthday cake.

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Give your friends the gift of a great, homemade Italian meal. Make a fun pizza kit by wrapping homemade pizza dough, a cup of sauce and an assortment of toppings together. Include our Cheddar Flight with Salami for a great antipasti course.

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Spice it up by making homemade hot sauce. In a large pan, boil down vinegar, carrots, onion, lime, garlic, salt and your favorite type of peppers. Blend and strain the mixture. After it’s cooled, ladle the sauce into small bottles with cork tops and design your own custom label. Finish by placing the sauce in one of our gourmet food baskets for a truly unique touch.

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Everybody loves an evening spent outside by the fire. Treat your friend to homemade hot cocoa and marshmallows tucked into cute mugs. Add it to our Pack and Go Picnic Tote, so they’ll have everything they need for a great fireside meal.

 

Give the gift of an easy breakfast by combining pancake makings, including dry ingredients and an assortment of dried nuts and fruits, together in a cute bag. Pair the gift with our Farmstand Fruit Spreads, so the birthday person can find their favorite flavor combinations.

By combining these simple treats with our collection of Hickory Farms Birthday Gifts, you can create memorable presents for all your foodie friends.

Starting a Supper Club

We all know that good company and good food are two ingredients that can always be used to whip up a good time. That’s why we love the idea of a supper club. With a supper club you always have something fun to look forward to!

While the idea of a supper club may sound fabulous, organizing one can be another story. But with the proper planning, you can start a supper club that turns into a tradition you and your friends can enjoy for years to come. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful way to make sure that everyone is carving out time from their busy schedules to clink glasses and share delicious food, great conversation and lots of laughs.

To help you set up your own supper club, here are our favorite tips and tricks compiled from entertaining experts around the web.

Select the Perfect Sized Supper Club

Merritt Watts of Everyday Food recommends selecting a group of six to 10 people for supper clubs. This way, your supper club will be large enough to ensure conversation is always lively, while small enough to fit around one dinner table. It’s also a great size because you will still have a party even if a few people are unable to attend.

Keep the Conversation Going

It’s much easier to keep a supper club going when you set up a line of ongoing communication. Look for an e-mail service, third party website or another tool for creating an online calendar that everyone has access to and which anyone can edit. This can also be the place where members can plan menus and post notices about themes or items-to-bring. As a post on The Daily Meal reminds us, communication is key to a successful supper club.

Always Make it Engaging

Letting everyone be a part of the menu selection by voting or having each member contribute a dish can always be a great way to keep everyone involved, but try to find ways to get everyone excited about each supper club gathering, whether it’s with a fun theme or a fascinating cooking lesson. Themes by culture or region like French and Italian can be nice, but don’t be afraid to get creative. One supper club enthusiast from San Diego, Andrea Myers, told Cooking Light that her club has had fun with themes like “finger foods – where every course can be eaten with your hands – and things your mother used to make.” You’ll notice there’s never a lull in conversation when a supper club gathering is designed around a cooking lesson such as learning more about pairing wine and food.

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Do you have a supper club or have you organized one before? Share your supper club stories in a comment below!

For more summer entertaining, gourmet food and cooking ideas, be sure to stay tuned to the Hickory Farms blog.

A Fresh Garden Party

Here at Hickory Farms, we’re quite fond of traditions that involve delicious food spreads. And since garden parties are a delightful tradition that also comes with a unique history, we’ve decided to stop and smell the roses!

Queen Victoria hosted the first royal garden party at Buckingham Palace in the 1860s, calling these afternoon meals “breakfasts.” Today, Queen Elizabeth hosts at least three garden parties each summer at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Originally instituted to present debutantes, these garden parties have evolved into events for recognizing and rewarding public service. And while they may be one of the most relaxed royal events, these garden parties usually come with a guest list of a whopping 30,000 attendees! Be glad you’re not in charge of the food for these garden parties!

With colors and textures inspired by summer, a garden party could be a wonderful way to dress up a gathering, be it a birthday celebration, a wedding reception, or some other special occasion. Here are some of our favorite ideas for a flowery-fresh garden party.

With decorative fans, flower pots, mason jars, and chalkboard signs, this colorful hutch offers some great ideas for serving food in a fun, casual way at a garden party.

 

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We like the idea of finding unexpected ways to display flowers at a garden party. Try to repurpose items – like soup cans – and turn them into flower vases, or try to find a unique way to hang your flowers like in this rustic-chic garden scene.

 

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In addition to flower pots and watering cans, bird cages also make for wonderful décor to add a charming touch to garden parties. Use them as a centerpiece or try hanging them from nearby tree limbs.

 

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Although the sunshine is a gardener’s best friend, you can also throw a gorgeous garden party at night. And to add extra ambiance to your garden soiree, make sure to hang some decorative string lights or lanterns.

 

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Have you thrown a garden party before? What décor did you use and what kinds of food did you serve? Hickory Farms has new spring gifts that are great for garden party spreads or as thank you gifts for hosts. Visit our online shop to see these and more gourmet food baskets and gifts.

 

And for more inspiring warm-weather entertaining ideas, visit our “Set the Table for Spring” Pinterest board.