Funeral Reception Food Ideas

When it comes to deciding what food to serve at a funeral reception, there are many factors to consider. You will want to make sure that the food you serve is appropriate for the occasion and that it will be able to feed all of the guests who attend. You may also want to think about serving food that has meaning for the deceased or their family.  


Funeral Reception

Here are some funeral reception food ideas to get you started:

1.    Finger foods -  Serving finger foods at a funeral reception is a good way to make sure that everyone is able to eat something, even if they are not feeling very hungry. Some good finger food ideas include:

-Vegetable or fruit platters

-Cheese and crackers

-Chips and dips

-Finger sandwiches

-Mini quiches


2.    Heavy hors d’oeuvres - If you are expecting a lot of people to attend the funeral reception, you may want to consider serving heavier hors d’oeuvres instead of finger foods. This way, people will be able to eat a little bit more if they are feeling up to it. Some good heavy hors d’oeuvres include:


-Mini tacos


-Buffalo chicken bites

-Stuffed mushrooms

-Crab cakes

3.    Soup - Soup is a classic funeral food for a reason. It is simple to make and can be easily served to a large group of people. Plus, it is usually very comforting to eat, which can be helpful for mourners who are feeling sad or overwhelmed. Some good soup options include:

-Chicken noodle soup

-Tomato bisque

-Butternut squash soup

-Cream of broccoli soup

4.    Salad - A simple salad can be a light and refreshing option for funeral food, especially if the reception is being held during the warmer months. You can either make a big batch of one type of salad or create a salad bar with different types of greens, toppings, and dressings. Some good salad ideas include:

-Caesar salad

-Greek salad

-Green salad

-Fruit salad

5.    Comfort foods - Comfort foods are always a good option for funeral food because they can help to soothe the soul. Some of our favorite comfort foods include:

-Macaroni and cheese

-Mashed potatoes

-Roasted vegetables

-Grilled cheese sandwiches

-Chicken pot pie

-Beef stew      

6.    Dessert - No funeral reception would be complete without a little something sweet. Whether you opt for a simple fruit platter or a more elaborate dessert spread, make sure to have something on hand for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth. Some good dessert options include:





-Fruit salad

7.    Non-alcoholic beverages - It is important to have plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options available at a funeral reception, as many people will not be drinking alcohol. Some good non-alcoholic beverage options include:






8.    Alcoholic beverages - If you are serving alcohol at the funeral reception, make sure to have a variety of options available so that everyone can find something they like. Some good alcoholic beverage options include:



-Mixed drinks

-Sparkling wine


Whatever food you decide to serve at the funeral reception, make sure to take into consideration the needs and preferences of those who will be attending. With a little bit of planning, you can easily put together a menu that everyone will enjoy.


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