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!

Festive Tablescapes for the Holidays

Setting a beautiful table for Thanksgiving is easy with a little creativity and help from nature’s own bounty. Hickory Farms has found some inspiration to help you capture the festive spirit of Thanksgiving.

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A natural centerpiece featuring a woven basket or cornucopia with gourds, pine cones and colorful autumn leaves in a burlap runner gives a rustic vibe to holiday family gatherings. Small ornamental pumpkins can be used as a base for guest place cards. Use tableware and place settings in the rich hues of fall to complete the look.


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Choose a more formal look by breaking out your vintage linens and heirloom silver from past Thanksgivings. Elegant tapers flickering above sterling candle holders provide a soft ambiance that encourages family members to reminisce about family traditions, keeping the memories alive for younger generations.


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A floral centerpiece of vibrant mums, orange roses and rusty alstroemeria is a lovely addition to any holiday table. You can also make it a bit more subdued by creating a homey look with golden sheaves of wheat, cattails, acorns and ripe red berries in an old milk pitcher. A small scroll of rice paper tied with twine on which you’ve written a word or two of gratitude for each friend and family member is a heartwarming and gracious touch.


Whether you’re hosting the feast or a guest, a beautifully packaged Hickory Farms wine basket, like our Winter Wonderland Basket, is a welcome addition to any table. These lovely seasonal baskets contain fine wines like Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parducci Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other gourmet delights include our award-winning Signature Summer Sausage, cheeses and crackers that make tasty hors d’oeuvres to nibble on later.

Hickory Farms has been a part of families’ holiday traditions for over 60 years! Invite our homey treats to your Thanksgiving celebration by placing your order today.

Create Great Hostess Gifts with Gourmet Food Gifts from Our Mix & Match Promo!

host gifts from Hickory Farms

Spirit of the Season Wine Gift from Hickory Farms

The holidays are a time of togetherness with friends, family and community, and that means lots of social engagements! Whether it’s a dinner party, holiday open house or another festive event, don’t forget to show your appreciation with a host or hostess gift.

When it comes to choosing a great holiday host gift, you can’t go wrong with wine and cheese baskets. Wine gifts are a thoughtful way to thank the host, especially when combined with gourmet cheese or nuts. At Hickory Farms, we have a wide variety of wine gift baskets available to fit any taste, from fall-themed wine gift baskets to options with traditional Hickory Farms items.

holiday hostess gifts from Hickory Farms

Make custom holiday gifts.

Martha Stewart has some great ideas for hostess gifts as well, like the one shown above. Just arrange a jar of specialty preserves with a pretty tea towel and a small cutting board, and then tie a ribbon around it. Or, for a convenient alternative, try our Orchard Preserves Sampler.

Beef Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms

Beef Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms

You could also use a cutting board as the base for a custom gift, adding gourmet meats and cheeses, sweet hot mustard, and other gourmet food gifts. Tie a decorative knife and spreader to the cutting board with ribbon, and you’ve got a great host gift. Not only is this idea charming and easy, but right now we’re doing our Mix, Match & Save promotion!

Throughout November, buy two and save $1 on our featured items, plus save an additional $1 for each added item! This amazing deal includes our classic Summer Sausage, gourmet cheese bars, holiday cheese balls and cheese spreads, bagged candies, gourmet mustards, peanut brittle, and meat snacks. All items under $10 are included, so you can pick up plenty of pantry essentials for holiday gifts, and get yourself some of your favorites as well.
What is the best host or hostess gift you’ve ever received at a holiday party? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, and be sure to visit Hickory Farms to get your holiday shopping done early!