Decorating with Gourmet Gift Baskets for the Holidays

The holidays are one of the busiest entertaining seasons of the year for many of us – from hosting neighborhood parties, to family gatherings or dinner with friends. Decking your home with festive holiday décor helps set the mood for your events and can be done easily and inexpensively with a little creativity.

Gourmet gift baskets from Hickory Farms

Hickory Holiday Reserve Gift Basket from Hickory Farms

Decorating with baskets is an excellent way to add some classic holiday style to your home, and the possibilities are endless! In fact, when you purchase gourmet gift baskets from Hickory Farms, you’re getting not only delicious gourmet sausage and cheese, but  also a finely crafted basket that could become a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday gatherings.

Fruit baskets from Hickory Farms

Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket from Hickory Farms

Many of our keepsake gift baskets feature baskets from the Peterboro Basket® Company, hand-crafted in New Hampshire. These made-in-America baskets provide a wonderful base for all sorts of arrangements and centerpieces. Take a look at some great ideas that you or the special person on your gift list could use to decorate with Hickory Farms gift baskets.

Gift baskets from Hickory Farms

We love this simple centerpiece idea from Martha Stewart. The equation is simple, but the key is quality; a beautiful handmade basket, greenery and luscious fruit. Our fruit baskets are a fantastic choice for last-minute holiday entertaining. They not only make great centerpieces, but the delicious fruit is also great for pre-meal snacking!

Centerpiece ideas from Hickory Farms

Channel the cornucopia motif of Thanksgiving with an autumn harvest basket full of colorful gourds. A trip to your local farmers market or grocery store is all it takes to find an assortment of visually interesting gourds in different shapes, sizes, colors and textures.

Gourmet gift baskets from Hickory Farms

Create a stunning centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or sideboard with this tutorial for three-tiered Bountiful Fall Baskets. A set of small, medium and large baskets overflowing with lush greenery, eucalyptus, pinecones and clove-studded citrus makes for a display that is not only beautiful, but also deliciously fragrant.

Decorating ideas from Hickory Farms

And remember, you can decorate with baskets throughout your home! Spruce up your powder room for guests by placing clean hand towels in a basket near the sink.

How do you use baskets to decorate for the holidays? To explore more basket décor ideas, visit Hickory Farms on Pinterest, and don’t forget to buy your gourmet gift baskets now for the holiday season!

Food Display Ideas for Halloween Entertaining

From gourmet chocolate spreads to healthy fruit baskets, get ready for hosting a spooktacular Halloween party.


There’s so much to love about October – fall foliage, pumpkin patches, and most of all, Halloween!

Halloween is such a great holiday because there are endless creative ways to express your style and have fun with entertaining. If you’re planning a Halloween party, first decide on a style. Whether you prefer whimsy and magic or a darker, creepier feel, these Halloween food display ideas will help make your party a hit.

Creepy Apothecary

Give your guests a frightfully good time with apothecary-themed Halloween décor. These printable labels are the perfect way to add a mad scientist vibe to your beverage table.

Halloween decorations from Hickory Farms

We love this Halloween serving suggestion: Serve tomato soup shooters in test tubes, accompanied by pumpernickel and cheese sandwiches cut into spooky shapes. Rich tomato soup calls for a hearty cheese, like the Smoked Cheddar Blend or Smoked Gouda found in our gourmet cheese selection.

Halloween treats using gourmet cheese from Hickory Farms

Pumpkin Party

Those looking for more quirky Halloween entertaining ideas may enjoy a pumpkin-themed party. This is a great tutorial for making your own pumpkin beverage cooler, an easy project that will certainly impress your guests.

Halloween-themed ideas from Hickory Farms

We also love the idea of pumpkin plate stands, which would be perfect for displaying a variety of gourmet sausage and cheese from one of our meat and cheese gift baskets. Use pumpkins of different colors and heights to achieve a visually interesting mix. You could even place a small bowl in a tiny, hollowed-out pumpkin to hold gourmet nuts.

gourmet nuts and other spreads from Hickory Farms

Add height to your Halloween tablescape with a multi-tiered stand filled with gourmet chocolate, classic candies and some beautiful autumn fruit. Our fruit baskets are a quick and attractive party solution, with succulent apples and pears for a healthy treat.

fruit basket spreads from Hickory Farms

Rustic Elegance

 If you’re going for more rustic Halloween décor, consider using an orchard basket as the centerpiece for your table. This rustic autumn centerpiece is a great example, using a variety of fall vegetables, seed pods, berries and leaves to create a free-flowing arrangement.

Halloween décor ideas from Hickory Farms

For a more minimalist look, create this Halloween centerpiece by filling a basket with a bed of silk leaves, then top with white mini pumpkins.

Halloween basket ideas from Hickory Farms

After enjoying one of our gourmet gift baskets, don’t forget to put the basket itself to good use! Many of our food gifts come in keepsake Peterboro baskets, beautifully hand-crafted in New Hampshire.

 How do you add a festive feeling to your Halloween party food displays? What do you do with your holiday gourmet gift baskets? Please share your ideas with us.