Celebrate Friendship Near & Far

The bond of friendship is truly transformative. Friendship fosters love, compassion, understanding and generosity. These are the values that have the power to make the world a better place.

July 30th was International Day of Friendship, when we are encouraged to celebrate the friendships that unite individuals, countries and cultures across the world. As the United Nations reminds us, friendships that span international borders bring individuals and cultures together inspiring peace efforts and promoting international understanding and respect for diversity.

The idea of designating a day to celebrate friendship was actually first promoted in 1919 by the founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall. But what started as a company campaign, ended up turning into something much more poignant. When the card industry eventually lost steam, the UN encouraged this annual celebration of friendship by naming Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1998. Finally, in 2011, the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly officially declared July 30 as International Day of Friendship.

We love the idea of encouraging kids to celebrate friendship. TLC has some great ideas for parents to help kids celebrate friendship with games like toss and catch and crafts like special seed bracelets. You can also help kids to make international friends by helping them find pen pals through organizations like Students of the World. While kids are making bracelets or writing their first pen pal letter, parents can stack together some Winnie the Pooh themed meat and cheese crackers. Kids are sure to love these friendly and smiley snacks!

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Hickory Farms is happy to help adults celebrate the special bonds of friendship, too, with thoughtful gift baskets that can be shipped anywhere in the country and to international neighbors in Canada. From our Award Winning Sausage & Cheese and our famous HoneyGold® Ham to our Fruitful Gift Box and special seasonal offerings like our Italian Ice Cream Truffles, there are so many ways to show friends you care with a special package from Hickory Farms.

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Fruitful Gift Box from Hickory Farms

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate friendship and show appreciation for a friend?

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Have you ever tried to ask your mom what she wants for Mother’s Day? Did she respond with something along the lines of “your presence is present enough”? Give your mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day and plan a family outing to spend some quality time together.

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Hickory Farms looked around to find some great ideas for family outings to surprise Mom with this Mother’s Day. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

 

For outdoorsy moms…

Take mom on a hike! Find a nearby trail and plan out a mini outdoor excursion. Don’t forget to throw in some snacks like fruit and nuts.

 

For wine lover moms…

We love Sunset magazine’s idea for impressing mom by organizing an at-home wine tasting. Not sure where to start? Check out our posts on “Tips from Food & Wine Experts on How to Host a Wine Tasting” and “Wine & Cheese Pairing 101.”

 

For sunseeker moms…

Plan a picturesque picnic. Pack lunch and take Mom to a peaceful spot where you can enjoy a nice meal in nature.

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For foodie moms…

Treat her to a special homemade Sunday brunch. If your mom loves to cook, have the recipes and ingredients all ready to go and plan to make brunch together! For inspiration, check out our recent post on delicious brunch menu ideas.

 

For adventurous moms…

Take an exciting day trip. Find a destination that is not too far from home but has something unique you can explore and enjoy, such as a nearby city, beach, or lake.

 

 

How will you be spending Mother’s Day? Share your idea for fun and unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in a comment below or on the Hickory Farms Facebook page.

 

 

If you can’t be with mom this Mother’s Day, make sure you send her something special! Hickory Farms has a wonderful selection of gourmet gift baskets and gift boxes with delicious fruits, wines, and other treats that mom’s will love!