It’s hard to believe we will soon be wrapping up another summer. Fortunately, Labor Day gives us a three-day weekend to celebrate the warm weather season with family and friends one more time. Below are some fun ways to enjoy summer’s last hurrah.
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- Catch a summer sporting event. Whether for a major or minor league team or a local tournament, get together and root for the home team.
- Take a road trip. No matter where you live, there are many points of interest worth checking out within a day’s drive.
- Have a rockin’ Labor Day at an outdoor music festival. Many artists and groups will still be on their summer tours around the US.
- Host a Labor Day picnic or family reunion and gather the generations together for some good times. Organize an impromptu talent show where each family member gets to display his or her unique gifts. Preserve the memories by having a budding Spielberg capture the action on camera.
- Go camping at a state park near you. Don’t want to go too far from home? The kids will love the idea of a backyard family campout.
- Sendoff summer with an exciting day of roller coasters or water slides at a theme park.
- Spend the day doing nothing! Sleep in, catch some rays, or rent movies for an at-home film fest. A little R&R can really recharge your batteries.
Whatever you do this Labor Day, we at Hickory Farms wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Order some wines and cheeses or some of our Signature Summer Sausage to make your weekend memorable.
Also, don’t forget how Labor Day came about. Originally begun by the Labor movement in the 19th century, Labor Day was officially designated as a federal holiday in 1894 as a day to honor the American worker and his contributions to our great country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show employees and staff members your appreciation with a gift basket from Hickory Farms.
Whether you’re having an outdoor get together with neighbors and friends or just relaxing poolside with the family, nothing says summertime like fruity cocktails made with fresh Hickory Farms fruits. Try some of these fruity drink recipes that are sure to delight and refresh this summer.
This Indian Summer Cup, packed full of apples and other fruits floating amidst an ambrosial mix of liqueur, gin and tonic water is perfect when the mercury rises and the humidity is high. Enjoy a citrusy Orange Splash and garnish with a juicy slice of a fresh-cut orange. Or, jazz up a traditional rum punch with freshly squeezed orange juice for a tasty infusion of Vitamin C.
How about an invigorating cocktail with a kick? These Mango Jalapeno Margaritas have a tasty tropical flavor with a surprising hint of spiciness for a fabulous zesty treat. We also like the sound of this exotic Mango Colada that is sure to be delicious and smooth.
Mango Jalapeno Margaritas
Stir up some succulent Beachcombers, a light mix of yummy banana liqueur mingled with pear nectar and splashed with lemon over ice. You can’t go wrong with the Lucky Pear, a sweet medley of Bartlett pears, vanilla vodka and other ingredients would also make for a special treat. This particular cocktail was first mixed at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! Maybe sipping on one of these will bring you some summer luck!
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For an especially sophisticated summer cocktail, try these Kiwi Martinis, a modern take on a classic libation. Or, mix up a batch of Brazilian Kiwi Caiprioskas muddled with diced kiwi and mint leaves and garnished with an extra slice of kiwi.
No matter which cocktails you choose for your next summer gathering, you can always count on the fresh fruit selection at Hickory Farms. Then, you can pair your cool, fruity drinks with a spread of our award-winning sausage and cheese. It’s the perfect finger food for outdoor entertaining! Stay a while and browse our blog for more delectable ideas to make your next menu or gathering pop.
What better way to beat the heat than to celebrate Christmas in July? One of the most unique summer entertaining ideas we’ve come across yet, hosting a Christmas Party in July can be a fun and festive way to gather friends and family in the spirit of a favorite holiday.
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Send out invitations using summer-inspired holiday cards with snowmen in sunglasses or Santa in a Hawaiian shirt. Your guests will be surprised to receive a Christmas card in July, and this will really pique their interests and get them excited for your party. For décor, take inspiration from treasured holiday traditions, but put a summertime spin on them. Hang some funky Christmas lights and deck out a palm tree with summer-themed Christmas ornaments like Santa on a surfboard or seashells dangling from red and green ribbons.
Add some upbeat Christmas carols to your party playlist like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Mix them in with your usual party medley so guests will be surprised when another Christmas song pops up.
Come up with some festive drinks like red and green margaritas or frosty eggnog daiquiris. Serve them right along with homemade Christmas cookies brightly decorated in summer colors. Hickory Farms Italian Ice Cream Truffles would also make for a great cool treat. You can even stack them and decorate them to look like snowmen!
Christmas in July can also be a fun theme for a child’s birthday party. All kids love Christmas, so getting to celebrate it twice will certainly put smiles on their faces. Because it’s July, blow up a few beach balls and hang up some beach towels to make it a Christmas luau. Invite the kids to put on their bathing suits for a water balloon fight out in the yard with red and green balloons. Or, set up a game of horseshoes renaming it “Reindeershoes” or a game of musical chairs with Christmas tunes.
Whether you do a Christmas in July party for friends or kids, everyone is sure to love this theme! You may even start a new tradition. And don’t forget that Hickory Farms has delicious gourmet foods and treats for memorable parties and easy summer entertaining.