How to Plan a Fun Caroling Party (Go Caroling Day – Dec. 20)

The holidays are all about creating memories. For a unique way to celebrate this year, consider hosting a party steeped in tradition by inviting your friends over for a little caroling in the neighborhood. Take advantage of Go Caroling Day on December 20, and try these tips for planning a fun caroling party.

Getting ready to carol

A successful caroling party takes a bit of planning. A few weeks before the party begins, it is best to start practicing. Invite your friends over to search through classic holiday tunes and decide which songs you are going to sing. Try to select a good mix of classic and contemporary music. Print out a copy of the lyrics for each participant and decide who will sing each part.

Another important consideration for planning your celebration is the logistics of the caroling itself. Take some time to plan the route that you are going to take and how you will get from place to place. Keep in mind that you want to spend most of your time singing rather than walking or driving.

Bring along treats for the road

To keep your spirits up, pack a few snacks to enjoy between visits. For something that is easily portable, bring the Cranberry & Sesame Nut Mix from our Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box. If you are looking for a treat that is even more festive, fill thermoses with hot chocolate and pair it with our Peppermint Snow Mints.

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Plan the after-party

After you have finished your performance, invite everybody back to your home for some celebratory treats. For a simple snack that is easy to prepare, just slice the cheese and sausage from our Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler gift box and arrange it on a platter with the included crackers. You will also want to be sure to have some warm drinks on hand, such as hot cider or mulled wine.

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With these tips and a few ingredients from Hickory Farms, throwing a fun caroling party couldn’t be easier.

New Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Your Family

A great Christmas celebration combines classic customs with new family traditions. Enjoy something a little different this holiday season with these unique ways to celebrate Christmas with your family and Hickory Farms.

Make this year’s tree edible

For a dessert that is both beautiful and delicious, let your kids make their own festive Christmas tree. Start by gathering the ingredients, including ice cream cones, frosting in various shades of green, and brightly colored candies, such as our Mini Melt Away Mints. Turn the ice cream cone upside down on a plate and cover it with the frosting. Then, let your child’s imagination run wild as he or she decorates the tree with the candies.

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Take the time to reflect on your year

For a tradition that you will love for years to come, spend an afternoon recording your favorite memories of the year. Gather your family together to enjoy a snack of our Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar, and Golden Toasted Crackers while you talk about all of the exciting things that you did together. Then, in a keepsake book, write down a few of your favorite memories. Each year, start this tradition by reading what you wrote in past years.

Adopt ancient traditions

One of the earliest known Christmas celebrations involved decorating outdoor trees to feed the birds. Adopt this ancient tradition as part of your modern celebration by threading our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle onto strings and draping the strings around branches in your yard.

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Explore other cultures

Throughout the globe, many cultures celebrate Christmas by putting their own spin on the festivities. Add a global perspective to your celebration by baking a batch of classic lefse from Norway or Mexican wedding cookies. Your kids will love spending time with you as you research holidays around the world.

Introducing new traditions is a great way to make your family holiday celebrations truly your own. Try a couple of these ideas, combined with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Top Sellers, and put your own unique stamp on this year’s festivities.

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.