Meaningful Ways to Celebrate National Parents Day

Every year, National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. In 1994, President Clinton signed this holiday into law to recognize, uplift and support every parent raising a child. While still a relatively new holiday, the custom of honoring our parents belongs to the ages. Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for making July 27 a memorable day for your family.

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  • Parents of young children know how much they adore your time and attention. Nothing delights kids more than to see you unplug your electronic devices and devote your focus on them. Making great childhood memories for them to reflect on in later years is a priceless gift only you can give.

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  • Have a spontaneous family picnic, even if it’s only in your backyard. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham is a great ingredient to add in a hardy sandwich, or just put out a spread and pair it with some of our delicious fruit and cheeses. After the feast, engage your children by asking them to say or write down three things they really appreciate about you as a parent. Then, reciprocate by letting them know three things you appreciate about them.

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  • If your parents are older, surprise them with a special gift box like our Hickory Tropical Delight from our selection of gourmet wine gifts. Make sure you stick around for a toast and some laughs as you share fond memories from your childhood.
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  • Take Mom and Dad out to dinner at their favorite family restaurant. Make a reservation at a venue you’ve all gathered at for special moments in the past. At this time, don’t let Dad pick up the check! Make sure they both realize how grateful you are for their loving direction over the years.

This year, celebrate Parents Day by spending the entire day with your family. Remember that Hickory Farms will always be here to make the occasion a real treat with our gourmet food baskets.

Serve Up a Mouth-Watering Pecan Pie – 3 Different Ways!

Although pecans are great when tossed into salads, mixed into trail mix and crusted on chicken – they always seem to taste better when baked into a mouth-watering pie. Since Pecan Pie Day is coming up on July 12, now’s the perfect time to bake your very own pie! Invite your friends over for a tasty celebration and prepare a classic version of this decadent treat, or put a fun twist on the traditional recipe with our Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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The Classic

For pecan pie purists, go with the traditional, old-fashioned southern recipe. Start by preparing basic pie dough and forming it into a round pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough for a nice, clean presentation. Then, place the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to firm up.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter before whisking in some brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then, add corn syrup, vanilla, a little salt and a pinch of orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix three beaten eggs into the butter mixture. Finally, add your pecans to the crust, top with the rest of the ingredients and then bake.

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Pecan Cheesecake Pie

If you’re looking for a texturally-rich treat, try combining smooth, creamy cheesecake with the crunch of pecans. After preparing your pie crust, mix together cream cheese, an egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into your crust and top with chopped nuts. For a nice, crispy topping, pour a mixture of corn syrup, egg, vanilla and sugar over the top before baking.

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Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate lovers will adore this rich and decadent pie that only requires moments to make. Prepare the pie following the classic recipe, but mix a heaping handful of chocolate morsels in with the pecans. Then, add a few splashes of bourbon to the corn syrup mixture before baking the pie.

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With these delectable pecan pie recipes made with nuts from Hickory Farms’ Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, Pecan Pie Day might become your new favorite holiday.

Host a Patriotic Block Party for Independence Day

A good way to get to know your neighbors this Fourth of July is to host a patriotic block party, and Hickory Farms has a few entertaining tips to get you started!

If your neighborhood has a community gathering spot – like a clubhouse, pool, or ball field – make that your central location. If not, each family can pitch in offerings from their grills and turn it into a long, meandering block of camaraderie.

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Decorations

Red, white and blue decorations are a necessity, of course! And fly those flags high for our country’s 238th birthday. The beauty of a festive block party is its individuality, so make sure to do your own creative thing.

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Activities

A neighborhood parade can be the day’s highlight and involve everyone from tots and teens to proud veterans. Organize a small parade with decorated bikes, wagons, 4-wheelers and golf carts interspersed with walking groups and maybe even a few horn players and drummers! You probably don’t need a city permit, but a larger parade involving vehicles might, so be sure to check first.

Kids enjoy sack races and a good game of horseshoes. You can even get adults involved with a pick-up softball game before the fireworks begin.

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Refreshments

Turn the grill masters loose and have a friendly barbecue competition. From hot dogs to slow-cooked ribs, everyone can contribute their specialty! Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey-Gold Ham is a great addition to a quick sandwich for hungry kids waiting on the grill. 

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Don’t forget dessert! This Berry Flag Tart made with blueberries and raspberries is both delicious and patriotic. You can also easily make this Apple, Rhubarb and Raspberry Pie using a couple crisp Fuji apples from our Fresh Fruit Medley Gift Box.

If you’re running short on time, remember that Hickory Farms Gift Baskets and Towers are a hit at any gathering. They’re quite a unique addition to the typical Independence Day fare, so place your order online today, or call 800.753.8558.