An Alfresco Affair – Outdoor Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to throw an alfresco affair! This summer, let loose and have fun enjoying old friends’ company and the pleasure of making new acquaintances. Hickory Farms has found a few great ideas you can use to make your next get-together the soirée of the summer.

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  • You can enhance your outdoor ambiance with colored paper lanterns, or strands of lights, strung through backyard trees or bushes. And to adjust the grooves for every mood, we followed the lead of Los Angeles-based party planner and photographer Amy Neunsinger. She uses the music service Sonos to play different tunes in separate party areas, all controlled by a click of her Smartphone.

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  • Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham pairs beautifully on a platter alongside some lightly grilled fruit. The tropical delights of mango and kiwi in our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box make a fresh and light dessert. Just add a sprig of rosemary for some additional flair!
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  • Keep all your treats together on an attractive appetizer tray, so your decor looks organized and put-together. Plus, you’ll have plenty of room on this tray for our Hickory Farms Mustard Variety Pack and a wide selection of cheeses.
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  • Let guests build their own wraps with different kinds of tortillas, shredded lettuce or spinach, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, cucumbers and olives. For meat lovers, shred some grilled chicken and add it to the veggie mix. Then, top it with a little olive oil, if you desire.

gourmet wine gift baskets

Hickory Farms also has a great selection of wine gifts that are perfect to serve at any summer gathering with friends. They also make wonderful hostess gifts for the thoughtful guest to have on hand for spur-of-the-moment invitations that come so frequently when the weather warms up. 

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Easter Traditions from Around the World

Hickory Farms is a holiday tradition that Americans have been enjoying for more than 60 years. And while we look forward to egg hunts, family brunches, and other Easter traditions, this spring, people all over the globe will be celebrating their own special traditions on Easter.

Flying Kites

Burmese tradition is to fly kites on Good Friday. The story goes that a British teacher was trying to teach the story of Jesus’ ascension to his Sunday school class. He used a cross-shaped kite soaring up into the sky to visually demonstrate the lesson.

Easter Traditions from Around the World

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Smingus-Dyngus

This unusual sounding tradition comes from Poland, and, if you have sons, be careful of letting them learn about this one! On Easter Monday, boys try to splash water on as many people as they can, using anything from buckets to water guns. It’s believed that girls who get splashed will be married in the coming year. The splashing tradition is thought to stem from the baptism of a Polish prince on Easter Monday in 966 AD.

Easter Traditions from Around the World

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Breaking Pots

If you ever find yourself on the Greek island of Corfu on the Saturday before Easter, make sure to watch out for falling pots. The locals traditionally throw out pots and pans from their windows and let them break on the streets.  One theory of how this tradition originated is that by breaking all of their old pots, people are symbolizing their readiness to collect new crops in new pots in the coming spring.

Greek Easter Traditions

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Painting Eggs

Interestingly enough, egg painting pre-dated the advent of Christianity, and it actually has a rich history in Sorbian culture. Hand-painted Easter eggs in Sorbian tradition feature intricate designs and beautiful colors made with a variety of techniques and materials. The most popular color in Sorbian egg painting traditions is red, since it represents the resurrection.

Painting Easter Eggs

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If your Easter celebration includes a special family dinner or brunch at home, serving delicious, but easy to prepare dishes is a huge win to keep your stress-level low and your family fun high! Make this Easter special with a HoneyGold® Ham or gourmet sausage and cheese from Hickory Farms.

HoneyGold Ham from Hickory Farms

If you’ve got a great dish or tradition to share, we would love to hear about it!  You can also check out our Pinterest page for some of our favorite ideas.

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Gluten-Free Gourmet Food Gifts

The holidays can be hard when you have special dietary needs. While the season is full of fun times with family and friends, many holiday parties and traditions revolve around food, which can be very isolating for those who have dietary restrictions. Fortunately, it’s possible to create holiday memories that everyone will enjoy with our gluten-free gourmet food gifts!

Our holiday gift baskets with wine are a great gift for families, whether it’s the cousins who live across the country or neighbors across the street. If there is someone in the family who is gluten intolerant or suffers from celiac disease, they can still enjoy plenty of products in our holiday gift baskets!

Fruit and Wine Gift Basket from Hickory Farms

Spread the Holiday Spirit with Gourmet Food Gifts

Treat someone special to one of our Christmas wine gift baskets, like this wine and cheese basket featuring juicy Crown Comice Pears and a Fuji Apple, Murphy Goode Sauvignon Blanc, two of our classic gourmet cheeses, and of course our Beef Summer Sausage. Our fruit baskets are also a good healthy and gluten-free gift idea.

Many of our individual gourmet cheese baskets and sausage products are gluten free, from the creamy Cheddar & Havarti Blend to Ham Summer Sausage. When it comes to Christmas dinner, a spiral ham is a welcome surprise and a gluten-free gift!

Gourmet Meats and Cheeses from Hickory Farms

Gluten-Free Entertaining with Gourmet Sausage & More

Of course, the holidays are about more than just shopping. If you plan to host a holiday party, it’s polite to take the dietary restrictions of your guests into account when planning the menu. Our pantry staples will help you create fantastic gluten-free appetizers with gourmet sausage and more. Besides our gourmet cheese and sausage selections, items like Orchard Preserves and Honey, Pineapple and Sweet Hot Mustard, make a great addition to a cheese plate or antipasto platter.

Hickory Farms Turkey Summer Sausage

Stocking Stuffers With Food Gifts They’ll Love

And don’t forget about stocking stuffers with help from gift baskets! Give your loved ones something wonderful to nosh on with Turkey Sausage Snacks or Mini Beef Summer Sausage Snacks. If you know someone with a sweet tooth, our gourmet chocolate and candy gift baskets will not disappoint. Let them indulge with gluten-free sweets like our Artisan Fudge Collection, Peanut Brittle and Mini Melt Away Mints. For wine lovers, try a wine and cheese gift basket filled with perfect pairings for any celebration

Hickory Farms Mini Melt Away Mints

What are your tips for a happy, healthy, gluten-free holiday season? We’d love to hear from you, so leave us a comment or head over to see Hickory Farms on Facebook!