Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Tips

Between shopping, cooking, and cleaning, hosting for the holidays involves a ton of planning. With so much to keep up with, give yourself a break by keeping your holiday table decorations simple and stress-free. Just grab a few accessories and a couple items from our Hickory Farms wine gift baskets, and, using these holiday decorating tips, you can make your home look festive in no time.

Holiday table decorations from Hickory Farms

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Transform your wine bottles into a glowing centerpiece. Start by placing your empty bottles in a simple wine rack. Then, decorate by winding the Christmas lights of your choice through the rack. The lights will make the bottles shine, which will create a glittering glow around your kitchen.

Holiday decorating tips from Hickory Farms

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Add instant warmth and coziness to your home with lots of candlelight. Keep it sophisticated and festive by sticking to a monotone color scheme, such as silver, red, or gold. Put candle groupings in your bathroom and kitchen to spread the festivity throughout your home.

Holiday decorations for the home from Hickory Farms

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Use an assortment of fruits from your wine gift baskets to create a fun holiday display. Begin by gathering a variety of glass and crystal containers or bowls in different shapes, colors and sizes. Fill them with your fruits and finish by adding a bit of holiday flair, such as holly, pine branches, poinsettias, or even brightly colored candies.

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Add a quick touch of greenery with garland. Wrap the garland around your railings, over your mantle and across the ceiling for a natural accent.

Holiday decorating tips from Hickory Farms
 

Make fun last-minute ornaments with our Snowflake Pretzels. Simply loop a ribbon through the pretzel and tie a bow. You can hang these pretty ornaments on a tree, from a chandelier, or along a wall.

Easy holiday decorating ideas from Hickory Farms
 

Don’t forget that our beautiful baskets also make great holiday decorations for the home on their own. Enjoy them as decor during the party and as a great treat for later. With Hickory Farms wine gift baskets and a few holiday decorating tips, making your home festive has  never been easier!

Easy-to-Make Snacks for Holiday Carolers

 

Holiday carolers from Hickory Farms

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Caroling is a special holiday tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Whether you prefer to sing holiday classics or contemporary favorites or contemporary favorites as a holiday caroler, caroling is a great excuse to enjoy your neighborhood’s beautiful decorations, while spending time with your family and friends. Make sure to keep your strength up this season by bringing along a couple of these festive, easy-to-make snacks featuring Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts.


For a fun contrast in flavors and textures for your holiday snacks, put together a simple, yet delicious popcorn snack mix. Start by popping a bag of microwave popcorn. Then, mix it into a salted caramel sauce. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and cook for five minutes. Finish the caramel popcorn by adding chocolate-covered peanuts from our Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler.

Quick and easy snacks from Hickory Farms
 

Make a quick and easy snack for a crunchy dessert in just minutes with chocolate-covered graham crackers. Simply melt wafers in a  double broiler, and then toss in the crackers to coat. Before the chocolate hardens, quickly sprinkle the cracker with roughly chopped nuts from the Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

Holiday snacks from Hickory Farms
 

If you love baking and simple snack ideas, delight your lucky carolers with a nutty play on a traditional macaroon. Make your macaroon batter as normal, but add a little something extra special with ground pistachios from our Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Place the batter in a piping bag, form the cookies and bake. After they’ve cooled, sandwich the macaroons with chocolate ganache and another sprinkle of pistachio.

 

Easy-to-make snacks from Hickory Farms

For a treat that’s even simpler to prepare, pack a gourmet fruits and nuts snack. Starting with our Dried Fruit Collection, place a selection of white peaches, mangoes, apricots, and almonds on a baking sheet. Heat the fruits and nuts in an oven for five minutes, and enjoy while still warm from the oven.

With these easy-to-make snacks featuring our Hickory Farms’ Fruits & Nuts line, you can make sure your holiday carolers enjoy a special evening that will create lasting memories for years to come.

Celebrate a Sweeter Thanksgiving with Holiday Desserts

No holiday dinner is complete until you’ve had dessert. Whether you’re a chocolate lover or prefer a bit of spice and fruit, one of these Thanksgiving treats is sure to be the perfect dish to cap off your holiday feast. Take advantage of our delicious collection of Hickory Farms desserts to add something extra special to your treats.

Peanut brittle from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Peanut Brittle

Apples are one of nature’s finest fall fruits. Celebrate the harvest with a Caramel Apple Cake. Start by baking an apple spice cake with applesauce, cloves, ground ginger and allspice. Then, make the topping by melting caramel candies with a bit of water. For a traditional take on the recipe, finish the cake with chopped walnuts or, for something a little bit more festive, substitute the walnuts with a dusting of our Famously Thin Peanut Brittles, roughly chopped in a food processor.

Holiday sweets from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Farmstead Fruit Spreads

Blueberry Pound Cake is a fantastically flexible dish that can be either a sweet ending to your meal or a festive Thanksgiving breakfast. To prepare the cake, blend dry cake ingredients with vanilla, eggs, butter and, of course, blueberries. Take the finished cake to the next level by drizzling it with a fruit glaze. Simply combine one of our Farmstead Fruit Spreads, such as Wild Blueberry, Strawberry or Red Raspberry, in a small saucepan with water until everything’s well combined.

Holiday desserts from Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow Mints

For an easy-to-prepare treat, try a delicious combination of chocolate, mint and buttery crackers. In a double broiler, melt a handful of dark-cocoa-mint wafers and dip each cracker until fully coated. Top the crackers with our crushed Peppermint Snow Mints.

Holiday sweets from Hickory Farms

Peppermint Snow Cookies

Give your guests holiday dessert options with a cookie platter. For a twist on a holiday classic prepare a batch of chewy chocolate Gingerbread cookies with molasses, ground ginger, and chocolate chips. Arrange your homemade cookies on a platter along with our delicious Lemon Shortbread Cookies.

With a few simple recipes and some festive holiday sweets from Hickory Farms’ Sweet Indulgences line, you can cap off your Thanksgiving feast with a dessert that your guests are sure to love!