A Ham Holiday Dinner Board is made on The Big Board, served for any holiday, with ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, and more!

woman in black holding a holiday dinner board

Friends, it’s time to make a Holiday Dinner Board! I’m so excited to share that I have a new rectangle size board that might be perfect for your family gatherings! Grab the link below!

Ham Holiday Dinner Board

Just think small ham dinner for this board, with all the fixings! Reallly, this is perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even Easter!

holiday dinner board with ham and potatoes

What I love about this board is that you can use leftovers, or if you’re at the market and have a good deli (like Market of Choice), pick up a few sides.

Mix and match homemade and storebought foods

We made the mashed potatoes, blanched green beans, cranberry sauce, and my mom’s cranberry salad! But I bought the kale salad at the store!

See how you can mix and match a board to make some food from scratch, and some store-bought? And of course those butter rollls were to die for!

beautiful Holiday Dinner Board with ham

Ingredients for a holiday ham board

Think leftovers, or smaller portions for this board!

  • Ham, pre-cooked & sliced
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry salad (make my mom’s Fresh Cranberry Grape Salad)
  • Kale salad (try Esther’s Kale Salad)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Dinner rolls + cheese
  • Cookies (lemon ginger spice that I boought from Newport Avenue Market here in Bend, OR) – or what do you have if your freezer?
  • Fench green beans
  • Carrot and celery sticks + olives + spicy-sweet peppers + pickles
  • Ranch dressing
  • Red and green grapes
  • Pears + clementine oranges + red apple
  • Rosemary and pomegranate seeds for garnish

ham dinner on a board

Instead of a big huge ham, we enjoyed a smaller one, with other delicious foods to make a ham and cheese roll (so good, with melted cheese), or not!

Buy a pre-cooked ham, and all you have to worry about are the sides, while it’s heating up in the oven!

mashed potatoes, kale salad, grapes on dinner board

Why serve a dinner board?

Especially during this year of change, for many of us, preparing something special takes the mundane away from dinnertime, and replaces it with something beautiful, wholesome, and fun!

holding a piece of ham with wood tongs

Where did I get these tongs?

I love these wood tongs, and you can find them in my store to buy them!

Also all of these cute wood bowls in the post!

I love wood accessories!

beautiful rectangle dinner board

Fred Rogers quote

I love this quote from Fred Rogers:

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. –Fred Rogers

Since December is here, there are a few things I’m keeping in mind this year.

Relax and enjoy.

a woman holding a ham holiday dinner board

Enjoying the table experience

Here are a few tips on slowing down and enjoying the table experience …

  1. Don’t overcomplicate. If you’re planning a small dinner, keep it simple! Make the food ahead of time, and reheat for a small board.
  2. Get off social media. Ask everyone around the table to put their phones away.
  3. Relish in the joys. Ask a lot of questions, get to know the people who are sitting around you. Look into their eyes, look for joys, and pains, and listen. Be present.

My wish is to be present. It takes discipline to engage … right then and there!

ham and cheese in a roll

Oh, and to eat a lot of butter rolls with ham and cheese (my favorite). 

Relax and ENJOY!

the big board 12 x 36

The Big Board®

Friends, The Big Board® is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!

  • 20-inch round, maple
  • 26-inch round, maple
  • 12 x 36-inch maple
  • NEW 12 x 24-inch maple
  • 23-inch Lazy Susan
  • 26-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • 12 x 36-inch ebonized BLACK, cherry
  • A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Made in the USA
  • Undercut handles (a unique design)

Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!

Order The Big Board® today!

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Holiday Dinner Board

Board: 12x36 Lay out the bowls on the board, and fill them with hot food to serve a beautiful ham board!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 6


  • 1 1/2 pound ham, precooked, sliced
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes, with butter
  • 2 cups cranberry salad
  • 2 cups kale salad
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 6 dinner rolls
  • 6 sliced cheddar cheese
  • 6 cookies, lemon ginger spice
  • 3 cups french green beans, blanched, hot with salt and pepper
  • 12 oz carrot and celery sticks
  • 1/2 can black olives, drained
  • 1 5 oz. jar spicy-sweet peppers
  • 7 snack pickles
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • Red and green grapes
  • 2 small pears
  • 2 clementine oranges
  • 1/2 red apple, sliced
  • Rosemary and pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • 6 lemon ginger cookies, (bought at Newport Avenue Market)


  • On a large board, place 6 nesting boards filled with mashed potatoes, 2 with kale salad, cranberry salad, cranberry sauce, and ranch dressing.
  • Place the ham on on end and rolls and cheese slices on the other. Fill in the inner areas with crudite (carrot and celery sticks) around the ranch dressing. Add black olives, snack pickles, and spicy sweet peppers on top.
  • Next, add grapes, cookies, and green beans (hot, garnished with pomegranate seeds).
  • Add 2 pears (garnish, but you can slice and eat), a sliced apple, and 2 tangerines.
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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woman holding a holiday ham dinner board