The holidays are all about spending quality time with those you cherish. Sometimes loved ones can be so enthusiastic to spreadÂ the holiday cheer that they show up unannounced.Â BeÂ prepared forÂ the unexpected by stocking your pantryÂ with a fewÂ items fromÂ Hickory Farms and, withÂ these simple entertaining tips, you’ll be ready to make all of your guests — even the last minute ones — feel right at home.
Greet your guests with a treat
Invite your guests in from the cold with a piping hot cup of tea. Keep a chic tea tray at the ready by adorning it with your favorite tea pot, cups and saucers, along with some sugar cubes and a selection of theÂ fine teas available from Hickory Farms’ Ceylon Tea Collection.
Set out a snack tray to give your guests something to nibble on as you chat. Make a simple, deliciousÂ appetizer by slicing Our Signature Beef Summers Sausage and pieces of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend. Arrange the sausage and cheese on a platter with Golden Toasted Crackers and an assortment of fruits and vegetables.
While your guests are enjoying their snack, take the opportunity to inconspicuously tidy your kitchen. Quickly scrub your sink, wipe your stove top and brush off your counters.
Make a night out of it
Ask your guests to stay for dinner. Be ready to prepare a gourmet meal in minutesÂ by keeping some staples and bottled sauces in the pantry. For a quick meal withÂ tons of bold flavor, sautĂ©Â chicken, pineapple chunks and mixed veggies with Hickory Farms’ SweetÂ & Sour SauceÂ and serve over rice.
There’s no better way to finish a great evening together than with something sweet.Â CapÂ offÂ your night of effortless entertaining with a holiday classic,Â Golden Fruit Cake!
With these simple entertaining tips and a fewÂ select Hickory Farms’ essential pantry products, you can be prepared to be a gracious, welcomingÂ host, even at a moment’s notice!