Hickory Farms Holiday Party Ideas + Giveaway #HickoryTradition

When the beautifully packaged Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions gift basket arrived, I knew instantly that we were going to have a party. A really good party! After all, both Hickory Farms and holiday parties are family tradition at my house. Filled with Signature Beef Summer Sausage, creamy cheddar cheeses, extra-large Crown Comice® & Red D’Anjou Pears, bright Fuji Apples, crunchy nuts and delectable chocolate-covered cashews, and a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay this crate had just about everything I needed to throw a fabulous little (pre) holiday get together. Since I’m not a stingy person, I figured I would share these super easy Hickory Farms holiday party ideas with you.

Tis the season, after all!

Hickory Farms Holiday Party Ideas

The crate that our Hickory Farms holiday gift arrived in is a gift all in itself. It’s something that I will be able to reuse over and over again. For our little holiday shindig, we used the crate to hold things like plates, napkins and utensils for our guests. A few holiday picks and some holiday cloth napkins easily transformed that ordinary crate into something special.

Hickory Farms Holiday Party Ideas

The fruits were perfectly ripened and ready to eat a few days after our gift crate arrived. We used both varieties of pears, the Fuji apples, Signature Beef Summer Sausage, and both cheeses to create a Christmas tree platter. We additionally added some tomatoes and fresh parsley for some added color. A simple yogurt and honey dipping sauce was prepared, and some whole wheat crackers were served to round it all out. My Mom put this platter together, and as always she did a wonderful job on it.

Hickory Farms Holiday Tree Platter

We placed the pistachios, mixed nuts, and chocolate covered cashews into champagne flutes for easy serving. The La Crema Chardonnay was absolutely delicious. My only complaint is that there wasn’t a second bottle of it. It was so easy to put this party together with the help of Hickory Farms. I hope it’s given you a little holiday inspiration. The Toast the Traditions Gift Crate that we received is available on the Hickory Farms web site, currently for $99.99, and is sure to be a much appreciated holiday gift by anyone on your gift giving list this year.

Hickory Farms Holiday Party Ideas

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories. Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.

Hickory Farms Holiday

Where can you get Hickory Farms this holiday season? Check out the Hickory Farms web site, and more than 700 Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

Win a Hickory Farms Toast the Traditions Gift Crate

Hickory Farms has generously offered to give one About a Mom reader the same Toast the Traditions gift basket that we received. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, ages 18+, and ends on December 4, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

What’s one of your holiday traditions?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.


  1. One of our family traditions is to open 1 gift Christmas Eve :)

  2. My holiday tradition is to bake, bake, bake, then eat eat eat. I love the tree you made of the items in the basket. I will do that this year!

  3. We are starting Elf on the Shelf this year.

  4. Ann Maddix says:

    We spend the day baking christmas cookies to leave out for Santa. My boys love to bake and they enjoy leaving santa cookies, eggnog & a carrot for rudolph.

  5. Sara Wagner says:

    I give my kids a Christmas Eve box with a movie, and snacks, and a small toy. Gets them all excited for the next day.

  6. Leave cookies out for Santa and a carrot out for Rudolph!

  7. My family opens all gifts on Christmas day.

  8. We always put up just some basic lights. None of the “my house dances and sings kind of lights”

  9. I buy my daughter’s a Hallmark Christmas tree ornament every year :)

  10. Making warm cookies on Christmas Eve after the late mass for “Santa”. Also bringing out all the nutcrackers and putting them on a ledge for the holiday season

  11. We don’t have too many traditions…just being together and watching football!

  12. Being with family and good food.

  13. One of our favorites is baking cookies!

  14. Sonya Morris says:

    Opening gift on Christmas Eve & then going to Midnight Mass.

  15. heather baker says:

    We open 1 gift Christmas eve.

  16. Kathy Davis says:

    Christmas Day brunch is one of our Christmas traditions.

  17. Amanda Hoffman says:

    being with family eating and playing board games

  18. we buy an ornament every year with all of us on it and the year

  19. We have Christmas Eve. Eat a meal and open gifts the go to Christmas Eve service at church. Then when we get home we have all the goodies and kids get to play with their new treasures.

  20. We always go see the Festival of Lights on Christmas eve and then come home for snacks and open one gift(I make sure that gift is new Christmas pj’s).

  21. Pam Gurganus says:

    One of my family’s holiday traditions is on Christmas Eve for dinner we order out pizza and eat it on the decked out table set with fine china and crystal stemware!

  22. Breanna Martin says:

    Every Christmas Eve my family, my parents, and my brothers family get together and open our presents from my grandma in WI, we do scratch off lottery tickets, and eat a delicious dinner of crab.

  23. One of my favorite holiday traditions is taking the kids to the Lights at the Zoo. The whole zoo is decorated in Christmas lights. It is amazing.

  24. We go visiting on Christmas Eve and then all gather at my home for dinner and gifts on Christmas day.

  25. We usually get together as a family on Christmas morning.

  26. One of my holiday tradition is to go to midnight mass and to bake lots of cookies.

  27. Terri C. McMillan says:

    Letting the kids decorate sugar cookies for Santa

  28. Mary Somerville says:

    My kids always find new Christmas pajamas in their stockings Christmas Eve.

  29. Debra Hall says:

    we have a family together on christmas eve

  30. our tradition is we open one gift on christmas eve

  31. Baking cookies with my grandma :)

  32. Raymond Langer says:

    We open 1 gift on Christmas Eve. The rest are left for Christmas day.

  33. Making and decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve,

  34. Christmas Eve I watch my Castle marathon while my dad watches A Christmas Story for the billionth time. LOL. And I drive around and look at all the wonderful lights. I’m a weirdo. LOL

  35. We celebrate Christmas Eve with a dinner and gifts.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


  37. Kelley Chapman says:

    decorating a gingerbread house with my boys

  38. Dena Sablotny says:

    What’s one of your holiday traditions? Watching a Christmas Story with popcorn and Hickory Farms snacks!

  39. Billie Wilson says:

    We do elf on the shelf, and make cookies for santa every year.

  40. Cutting down our own Christmas tree!

  41. candace little says:

    i make something homemade

  42. Angela Hartness says:

    One of our family traditions is to get together on the Saturday before Christmas every year. It makes it easier on those from out of town and it allows us more time to get together.

  43. The weekend we decorate we try to pack in as much holiday family fun as possible around deocrating…. baking fun treats, going to look at light displays, watching movies and eating our yummy treats. Also, Christmas Eve, we get together with our entire family – all the kids get new pajamas, a book or movie and reindeer food – the adults do a white elephant exchange.. tons of yummy food, lots of laughs.

  44. We usually go to my mil’s for thanksgiving.

  45. I love our advent calendar traditions – we learn new songs, poetry, carols & Bible verses for 24 days until Christmas.

  46. We always take a walk through the neighborhood on Christmas Eve–to see the bagged candles set up all along the roads.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. One tradition I look forward to every year is Hillshire Farm summer sausage, cheese & crackers set out as an appetizer on Christmas Eve. I get giddy with delight just thinking of enjoying its deliciousness while spending time with my family.

  48. One of our traditions is having a nice family breakfast on Christmas morning, after opening gifts and before leaving the house for the day.
    Thank you!
    (I love the Christmas tree your mom made…so pretty and festive, and looks delicious too!)


  50. Ava Chavez says:

    every year we paint ornaments for the tree.

  51. We always make fudge to give to friends and family at Christmas!

  52. One Tradition is for everyone to pick one gift to open Xmas Eve. It really helps out with the kids being so impatient!

  53. We used to drive to our grandparents house on Christmas Eve. Listening to old radio and Christmas music and counting Christmas trees was always a memorable tradition. Now that I’m older w/o kids there really aren’t any set in stone traditions every year though.

  54. we always have a family thanksgiving dinner. we always go in the woods and pick out our tree.

  55. Jennifer T. says:

    We always make a gingerbread house with the kids.

  56. We always purchase a Hickory Farm Gifts box for a relative serving overseas every year

  57. we love to bakes cookies

  58. Susan Christy says:

    Opening stockings in front of the fireplace.

  59. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    We sit and play games after dinner.

  60. One of my favorite traditions is doing a lot of baking, like pies and Christmas cookies.

  61. Jim Weaver says:

    Our favorite tradition is that each year my wife chooses a theme for the Christmas tree and makes homemade ornaments and decorates the tree with them. When the guests come over for Christmas each person get to take an ornament. Our kids have started decorating their trees with these new heirlooms. Makes wonderful memories!

  62. debbie jackson says:

    hickory farms is one of our traditions

  63. elven johnson says:

    We leave a key hanging on the door for santa.

  64. Kelly Grant says:

    We go to my mothers for the holidays

  65. My family uses sage in our dressing is our tradition.

  66. We host a holiday party every year for friends, neighbors.

  67. Marti Tabora says:

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking and decorating sugar cookies.

  68. Paol Trenny says:

    It would twilight mass on christmas eve and presents on christmas day

  69. Melissa Hartley says:

    Getting take-out pizza Christmas Eve & opening presents:)

  70. We open one gift at a time and take all morning to finish!

  71. Mary Gardner says:

    Baking holiday cookies with all of the children.

  72. susan hartman says:

    I love going to our friends house on Christmas Eve. They are so much fun.

  73. Seyma Shabbir says:

    We love to play cards or board games after Christmas dinner

  74. Prepare food and eat at Christmas eve, then we exchange gifts.

  75. Brunch on Christmas at Grammas

  76. Audra O'Hara says:

    Here’s a silly tradition we have…we like to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the day we decorate the house for Christmas. How that even got started, I haven’t a clue, but it is fun.

  77. We always do our get-together on Christmas Eve and leave Christmas as time to spend with immediate family. There’s dinner, and caroling, and Christmas movies and music, then the gifts are exchanged. Because I have an open-door policy for friends who may not have a way to spend Christmas with their family, there are always extra gifts under the tree just in case, and that way everyone gets at least one gift on Christmas Eve. Everyone gets to open one present (one at a time, to stretch it out), then we pack everything in bags and everyone goes home to get the bebes to sleep and put out their Christmas presents for the next morning.

  78. Visiting family because we have alot!

  79. We read a book called Santa Mouse, then put a yellow light at the top of our tree.

  80. Tradition of matching wrapping paper to the color/theme of our Christmas tree…I love when it comes out really nicely – we tend to go for dark blue and silver colors a lot

  81. My favorite holiday tradition is trimming the tree. We have a blast. :)

  82. Allison Downes says:

    My favorite tradition is baking Christmas goodies together while putting up the tree and decorations

    Thank you for the chance to win this!

  83. making christmas cookies

  84. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Baking Cookies With My Family Is My Favorite Tradition!

  85. Gabrielle Marshall says:

    My whole family gets together for Christmas breakfast!

  86. Cheryl Abdelnour says:


  87. Praying as a family before we eat

  88. Rebecca Orr says:

    Baking cookies with my mom, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Even as an adult, I still get together with everyone and have a baking day. This year, I am starting a new tradition with my kids. We will be wrapping 24 books about Christmas winter. Each night in December leading up to Christmas they will choose one to unwrap and read. I can’t wait!

  89. Terra Heck says:

    Every year the Sunday before Christmas the women of the family get together to make candies and cookies. We then divide them onto trays and pass them out to loved ones, co-workers and friends. Thanks.

  90. We get together with family, play games, watch movies, and eat good food.

  91. We take a family portrait with the turkey carcass. Weird, I know.

  92. We buy and wrap a new pair of christmas pajamas for the kids every year. On Christmas Eve they get to open their present and put ‘em on then we watch a christmas movie (which has to be voted on because everyone has their favorite). Love the holidays!

  93. Maria Reaser says:

    We always watch a Christmas Story on Christmas Eve

  94. robyn donnelly says:

    A holiday tradition is to go over relatives house and have a large potluck dinner around the last 2 months of year.

  95. Andrea Williams says:

    We try to spend a whole day with my parents and the next whole day with the hubby’s parents.

  96. Virginia Rowell says:

    Our tradition is to ride around all the neighborhoods and look at all the decorations that everybody has put up.

  97. at thanksgiving, we each go around the table and say what we are thankful for

  98. Brenda Burgess says:

    A big Christmas Breakfast.

  99. chinese food on christmas eve and a slow opening of gifts through out christmas day… one at a time and play with each. no frenzy for us!

  100. courtney hennagir says:

    We always watch the parade in our jammies on Thanksgiving morning! Same on Christmas!

  101. Jessica Fortner says:

    My family does a potluck style meal where each person brings their own choice dish.

  102. We have to have homemade chocolate pie!

  103. julie matek says:

    One holiday tradition is listening to Christmas music while making homemade cookies:)

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  104. aaron reck says:

    Hickory farm is so good. Red velvet cake is a family tradition here along with broccoli casserole.

  105. Jessamine D. says:

    Our family tradition is simple. We just put up the Christmas tree and then on Christmas day, we go to mass and then eat out for lunch and then open the gifts when we get home. :)

  106. Rachael Henzman says:

    We always read the Christmas story in the Bible on Christmas morning! Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Emilie Proctor says:

    We always have a big Christmas breakfast and then we open our present from Santa.

  108. Open one present on Christmas Eve.
    Thanks for the contest.

  109. Samantha D. says:

    Getting a live tree and decorating it while listening to Christmas music

  110. Every year on Dec 1 all we listen to is Christmas music

  111. Hannah Avery says:

    We really like going to get a live big Christmas tree in the wild.

  112. One of our traditions are to unwrap christmas tree decorations and christmas eve and eat snacks and remininsce on good times:-)

  113. Making baked goodies that my grandma used to make.

  114. We’ve been doing the Elf on the Shelf with the kids for the past few years

  115. We love to watch our favorite movies and have Christmas cake and eggnogg.

  116. we (the whole family) bake special , once a year cookies,

  117. My kids and I walk the neighborhood to look at all of the lights.

  118. We really don’t have any traditions that I can think of. I suppose getting the tree up sometime before xmas and taking it down before February!

  119. jeanette sheets says:

    one of new traditiond is we all get together the day after thanksgiving and decorate the yard out the tree up and have a light dinner and watch movies

  120. Our family reads the Christmas story from the Bible before we open gifts. It refocuses us on the real meaning of the holy-days!!

  121. We open presents one at a time and one person at a time

  122. Anne Perry says:

    We visit our local animal shelter and bring treats and toys.

  123. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving

  124. Our tradition is to watch all 24 hours of the movie ‘A Christmas Story’!

  125. getting together for a huge feast all 73 of us in my moms house christmas eve…..sing eat and be merry

  126. I live out of state from my mom/sis so going home for the holidays is a tradtionfo r me

  127. Darlene Carbajal says:

    Our holiday tradition is that we randomly choose who’s going to be cooking this year. :)

  128. decorating the tree with the whole family!

  129. My family plays Now You Have It Now You Don’t Christmas day.

  130. nancy horton says:

    opening Christmas crackers and wearing paper hats throughout dinner

  131. Making Christmas cookies.

  132. Jessica H. says:

    We just started an advent calendar this year. I am so excited about it! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  133. christine jessamine says:

    our favorite tradition is spending time with family and going up to our grandmas after opening our presents at home

  134. Egg nog & fruitcake on Christmas Eve – in front of the fireplace with holiday music playing.

  135. Cindy Merrill says:

    I make Smoking Bishop punch every Christmas.

  136. Ruth Anderson says:

    We always got together and had a meal and exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve ,as the children now have littte ones ,and my husband died Christmas is not the same .

  137. The kids could pick one gift to open on Christmas Eve. Then the year came when my wide eyed daughter bounced into the room and said ‘we gotta follow Christmas Adam tradition’ – She just kept going on about how great ‘Christmas Adam’ was and how we had to. She explained how it wasn’t fair to open a gift for Eve and not open one for Adam. She was and is a creative thinker so after we stopped laughing, the family agreed that we would open 2 gifts early – one for Adam and one for Eve. Thus we started following the tradition of Christmas Adam … and Eve

  138. I send out Christmas cards

  139. Natalie yeoman says:

    Always going over my grandparents house for Christmas Eve playing games eating dinner and opening presents

  140. Decorating the Christmas tree

  141. We celebrate together first and then with extended family.
    Thanks for the chance.

  142. We always bake and decorate cookies together.

  143. Every year my kids and I make an ornament with their picture on it. It’s fun to look back at all of them we’ve made!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  144. Baking Christmas cookies.

  145. Danielle Jones says:

    We go see the lights at the Opry land hotel every year.

  146. We play the dice game!

  147. My kids and I decorate the tree together every year.

  148. Decorate rolled out sugar cookies with my daughter, daughter in law & best friend every year

  149. I do love the tradition of eating as much as possible.

  150. Melinda Stephens says:

    We play games and watch movies on Christmas Eve.

  151. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We all get new pajamas on Christmas Eve!

  152. one of our family traditions is decorating the house

  153. Michelle Tucker says:

    We like to go get starbucks coffee and then go look at all the lights.

Share Your Thoughts