How To Have A Deliciously Simple Easter #HoneyBakedEaster

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I love Easter. I have, for as many years as I can remember. As a young child my parents always made Easter morning a fun time for the whole family, with baskets, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts and a nice dinner. As a young married woman Easter remained a special time for me. My brothers and I weren’t young children any more and my own kids weren’t born yet. It didn’t matter that the family didn’t do all the fun kid stuff any more, Easter had come to be about family for me. My Grandma usually cooked a huge delicious meal for us. After Grandma passed away on a Good Friday (seriously), I stepped up and offered to start hosting the Easter holiday each year.

Because I invite so many I always make sure to have plenty of food on hand. We always have ham, that’s the tradition in our family, as it is with many others. I also usually make several vegetables, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and a couple of desserts. All of that food equals four to six hours of cooking. Basically, I get up early and start the ham and just keep cooking until everyone arrives for dinner. It really doesn’t leave a lot of time for fun stuff like Easter egg hunts. After dinner I start on what amounts to literally two to three days of dishes. Which doesn’t leave much room for spending time with the family, which to me is what Easter is about. And so, I decided to try things differently. I decided to see what a simple Easter dinner would be like. It was actually nice. Here are some tips to help you try it as well.

Let the food be the focus instead of focusing on the food.

In other words, relax. Find a way to serve a dinner that doesn’t involve you cooking for hours on end and washing dishes and scrubbing pots for days. One way to do this is by having a HoneyBaked Easter. HoneyBaked Ham offers delicious dinners that require minimal time to serve. And, they’d gorgeous to look at. Really! No ham or turkey I’ve ever made looks as good as theirs.

HoneyBaked Ham is slow-smoked for more than twenty hours, resulting in an incredibly tender meat. But that’s not all. HoneyBaked hams are hand-glazed in the store to provide the freshest taste possible. Once baked the sweet glaze becomes crunchy, and it is sooooo good! Once you take the ham out of it’s gold foil wrapping you heat it in the oven for 10 minutes per pound if you want it hot. The gluten-free spiral-sliced ham is super tender and really easy to serve, which saves you from figuring out who will carve the meat. HoneyBaked Hams are available in three ways – Half ham (approximately 7-10 lbs, serves 12-20), Quarter Ham/Mini Ham (approximately 3.5-5 lbs, serves 6-8), and Ham Slices (available by the pound).

HoneyBaked also offers a turkey breast, either roasted or smoked. Consisting of 100% breast meat, the hand-trimmed turkey is carefully seasoned and then fire-glazed, giving it a sweet and crunchy glaze. The turkey, which is also gluten-free, was literally the moistest turkey I have ever had. It tastes amazing! HoneyBaked Turkey is approximately 2.5-3 pounds and serves 8-10.

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Select the right side dishes and desserts.

The great thing about both ham and turkey is that they taste great both hot and cold. Choose sides that go well with hot or cold foods. HoneyBaked has items like macaroni salad and potato salad that require no heating and go equally well with hot or cold ham or turkey. Plus, they’re perfect partners for those leftover sandwiches. If you’re really firm on making the decision to go with hot sides, HoneyBaked offers those as well, including items such as mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and broccoli rice casserole. Dessert is a must. Don’t you agree? My Mom used to like to bake cakes in the shapes of bunnies and lambs. If a guest offers to bring some dessert, let them! Don’t be afraid to let others help. If noone offers to bring a dessert you can always grab something at the store. Or keep in mind that HoneyBaked even has desserts such as cheesecake, pecan pie and carrot cake.

Skip the dishes.

You already spared yourself having to scrub the pots and pans. Why not skip the dishes as well! Use a thick paper plate and nice paper napkins.

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Keep decorations simple, colorful and useful.

Since you’re serving buffet style, start by ditching the fancy linen tablecloth. Sure, they can be very pretty But it’s my experience that that gravy stain never comes completely out. Put on an inexpensive holiday tablecloth. Then, use some of your Easter decorations to brighten up the table. Easter baskets and boxes make great containers for holding things like utensils and napkins, and they look adorable.

Relax and enjoy the family.

For me that’s what it’s really all about. Use that time you aren’t spending in the kitchen on your family. Go have that big Easter egg hunt in the yard. Be sure to record it on video. (And know that when you watch it 17 years later you will cry. This is video we shot when my oldest was very young. I wasn’t able to shorten it but adorable little voice is super cute as he’s finding eggs starting at about the 1 minute mark.)

Do you have any tips to make hosting Easter dinner easier?

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27 comments

Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 20, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Honey Baked Hams are so good. I haven’t had one in ages because the HBH store near us closed, but I would love to get my hands on one again soon!

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Melissa Pezza March 20, 2015 - 5:53 pm

These are wonderful ideas. I can’t believe I never thought to use paper plates. I’d much rather fill the recycling container than worry about dishes instead of hanging out with the family.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 20, 2015 - 5:55 pm

We started using paper plates for Easter a couple of years ago. It’s a huge pain to wash all those dishes, plus when your full of food and wanting a nap, NOBODY wants to stand at a kitchen sink!

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Nancy March 20, 2015 - 7:37 pm

I LOVE HAM for Easter. I’m a Spring Baby, and I can’t wait for the easter bunny to come 🙂 hehe. I’m actually heading back to my parents place (which is a 10 hour flight away. Yikes).

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Terri Beavers March 20, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Thank you so much for the coupon. We serve honeybaked hams for our Easter dinner and it’s what everyone looks forward to the most.

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Liz Mays March 20, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I had one of these recently. Both my boyfriend and I loved the meal. I would definitely get it again!

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Chubskulit Rose March 20, 2015 - 9:23 pm

We always celebrates Easter at my in-laws so I haven’t experienced hosting it at home. I would try HOney Baked Ham when we celebrate it at home.

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Nina Say March 20, 2015 - 9:43 pm

It isn’t Easter without ham! I can’t wait to eat ham this year.

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touristmeetstraveler March 20, 2015 - 11:50 pm

Ham is so good, it’s such a simple and amazing thing to have for Easter dinner!

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Jamie March 21, 2015 - 12:17 am

I think it is ok to ask for help so you don’t have to do it all yourself! Everyone can bring a dish so that the hostess can enjoy the day too!

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Rosey March 21, 2015 - 1:13 am

My family made Easter fun too. Your dinner here looks just amazing!

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patricia Marsden March 21, 2015 - 8:28 am

What memories! Little3 Man was so happy! His joy was infectious. All children and adults alike should keep that hap;pines always. Thank you for a trip down memory lane.

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Kori Tomelden March 21, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Honeybaked hams are definitely the way to go. I haven’t had one in quite some time though.

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Jeanine March 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm

We just do our own little thing at home! Make our own big dinner and enjoy. I haven’t ever seen a honey baked ham here in Canada, I need to see if I can find one!

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Rebecca Swenor March 21, 2015 - 4:12 pm

This is an awesome simple Easter ideas indeed. My simple Easter dinner is honey ham spiraled of course, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, yam, green been casserole, and sweet rolls. Than have Chocolate cream pie and coconut cream pie. Also using paper plates and can pop which is less dishes. After dinner and dessert than have egg hunt for the little ones . Thanks for sharing.

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Kelly Hutchinson March 21, 2015 - 4:56 pm

I love using HoneyBaked to make the holidays easier. I hate being in the kitchen when everyone else is in the family room having fun!

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Lauren Richardson March 22, 2015 - 12:29 am

Honey baked ham is my FAVORITE for any holiday! I am always looking for the best honey ham, and I’ll need to try this one!

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Roselynn March 22, 2015 - 3:17 am

I have been hearing so many fantastic things about honeybaked ham for easter. I definitely want to try and pick it up so I can make easter dinner a bit easier on myself this year.

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Myrabev March 22, 2015 - 5:02 am

That harm looks absolutely delicious, I do not have that many memories of easter as a child but now as an adult i do. Boo is lithuanian and they have a kick ass easter with awesome foods including ham

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Tiffany Cutcliff March 22, 2015 - 9:06 am

We have a gift card there we need to use- such yummy ham! Thanks for the awesome post!

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Bonnie @WEMAKE7 March 22, 2015 - 9:25 am

That food looks so delicious and simple. I love making holidays simpler. Thanks for sharing.

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CourtneyLynne March 22, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Omg I just love honey ham!!!! A yummy ham dinner is my favorite part of easter!! So excited easter is very close 🙂

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Carin Kilby Clark March 22, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Love Honey Baked Ham! Normally don’t do ham for Easter. But that’s a great deal. Thanks for sharing.

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Lynndee March 23, 2015 - 11:40 am

We always celebrate Easter with my in-laws and my SIL has always been the host. Great tips you got there. And now I’m craving for ham!

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Cara (@StylishGeek) March 23, 2015 - 1:39 pm

I love honey-baked ham. I have actually mastered my own recipe and have made this for my family for many years. Thanks for suggesting that ham can be served during Easter. We haven’t actually had this during this celebration but it’s a great idea! 🙂

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Alyssa C March 24, 2015 - 11:29 am

I’m not a big fan of Ham so my mom is usually the one who cooks it! I will definitely share this with her

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diana March 27, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Yes, relax and enjoy the family is something I need to do this year. Around the Holidays I tend to go crazy with the food (not so much decorating). 🙂

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