Hickory Farms' Guide to Holiday Entertaining with Cheese Baskets & More

The holidays are a time to celebrate and welcome the new year with friends and family. Whether you plan to host or attend parties during the holidays, Hickory Farms has helpful advice on how to be a gracious party guest or a welcoming host or hostess. Plus, get easy, delicious ideas for your next party menu that incorporate your favorite Hickory Farms gift baskets, including cheese baskets, fruit gift baskets and more. Read on for helpful advice in our guide to holiday entertaining.


Holiday party etiquette

Give a host or hostess gift – It's always in good taste when guests to a holiday gathering show their appreciation by bringing a gift for the host or hostess. Appropriate gifts can be gourmet gift baskets, like sausage gift baskets that are packed with a turkey or beef Summer Sausage, cheeses, mustards and other treats. Adding a serving platter that matches your hostess' décor and tastes is also a nice touch. You can pick up a hostess gift at your local Hickory Farms store or even place a quick order online and have it shipped to arrive ahead of time.

Provide party favors – To show appreciation to your guests for their attendance and good company, you can give them a special party favor as they leave for the evening. Nut gifts are a simple and tasty treat that your guests will be able to enjoy when they return home. One of our most popular nut gifts is Our Finest Mixed Nuts tin and includes an assortment of lightly salted cashews, almonds and pecans.

Prepare recipe cards – Use your computer and some seasonal clip art to create simple recipe cards for your most popular prepared dishes before the party. Display the cards next to each dish at the buffet table, and not only will guests be able to see what is in each dish, but they will be delighted to find new recipes for their next party.

Send military gift baskets – Don't forget your loved ones who are away on military duty during the holiday season. Our military gift baskets include our specialty sausage, cheese, nuts and dried fruit items and can be sent for free to FPO and APO addresses in time for the holidays. Order by December 5th for combat areas and by December 12th for all other military addresses to ensure delivery by December 25th.


Holiday party recipe ideas

Spiral Sliced Honeygold® Ham – Traditional holiday dinners are incomplete without a succulent ham as the centerpiece of the meal. Our gold medal-winning Honeygold® Christmas ham is slow-cured with a touch of honey and comes fully cooked and spiral sliced for easy preparation.

Summer Sausage – Use our award-winning Beef Summer Sausage or Turkey Summer Sausage found in our gourmet gift baskets in a variety of side dishes to complement your main course. Cut sausage into small pieces and mix with bread crumbs, celery and cranberries for stuffing, or slice sausage and serve with our gourmet cheeses and sea salt crackers for a quick appetizer.


Enjoy the holidays with loved ones

Now that you're prepared to attend and host holiday party celebrations, browse our selection of specialty foods, gourmet cheese baskets, fruit gift baskets and more, so you have everything you need for your festivities throughout the season. You'll be sure to delight friends and family with treatsthe great American tastes that Hickory Farms has been known for since 1951.