Friendsgiving with HoneyBaked Ham

To me, the holidays are about traditions. Traditions that you grew up doing year after year with your parents, siblings, and extended family members. Since moving away from Tennessee, I've found myself reflecting more and more each year on those traditions I grew up with. If I can find a way to keep them going here in DC, it makes me feel close to home and close to my family. Even though they're nine hours away. I'm still a few years off from having my own family, so I try to find a way to incorporate a few of the traditions I grew up with, with my friends here in DC right now. 

One of my favorite traditions growing up was always having HoneyBaked Ham for the holidays. 

For as long as I can remember, we've never had a traditional turkey or home cooked protein. My mom makes the best sides to accompany a massive bone-in ham from HoneyBaked Ham. She'll reserve our ham a week or so in advance, and my dad will pick it up on his way home from work the day before. To me, it's not the holidays without HoneyBaked Ham. 

I decided last minute this year to have a few friends over for a mini Friendsgiving and afternoon of watching football. Another tradition I enjoy. Eating a Thanksgiving meal and watching football. It's the Southerners in us I guess, ha. 

To make things easy, Corey and I drove out to HoneyBaked Ham in Falls Church, Virginia. About a 25-minute drive from the city. It was super easy! We just walked in, chose our ham and sides, and checked out. There's all different sizes of hams to choose from. You can purchase based on weight and how many guests you anticipate to feed. 

When it comes to hosting friends for a meal, I'd rather put the focus on table decor and spending time with my guests. Nothing is worse than hosting a gathering and being so wrapped up in the kitchen that you can't enjoy your company. Thanks to HoneyBaked Ham, I was able to throw all the sides in the oven at the same time (same temp and cooking time), and catch up with everyone over a glass of wine. Only work from my end was taking the items out of the oven and putting them into dishes for the table. Their hams are ready-to-serve, so I already had it setup as the centerpiece of my fall tabelscape. 

If you don't live near a HoneyBaked Ham location, you can also order your meal online and have it shipped to you!! Makes hosting your holiday meal even easier!

And one quick tip, HoneyBaked Ham is perfect for leftovers!! My favorite post Thanksgiving meal, is when my mom takes Hawaiian Rolls, cuts them in half and layers with ham, mustard, provolone and cheddar cheese, and diced onions. Put the tops back on and set in a casserole dish. Pour over a stick of melted butter mixed with poppy seeds. Throw in the oven on 375 for 20-25 minutes, and you have the perfect post holiday lunch. Serve with homemade pickles and your favorite potato chips! 

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