When planning the food to serve at a funeral, it's important to consider the needs and preferences of the bereaved family and the guests. Here are some general guidelines and suggestions:
1. Spotlight your loved one’s favorite food: Think about what they would like served or something that makes you think about them. Dig up their favorite recipe or get a dish catered from their favorite restaurant.
2. Keep it simple: Funeral receptions are not the time for elaborate or fancy dishes. Stick to simple and comforting foods that are easy to prepare and serve.
3. Consider dietary restrictions: Be sure to offer a variety of options for guests with dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
4. Choose comforting foods: Funeral receptions are often emotionally charged events, so serve foods that are comforting and familiar, such as casseroles, soups, sandwiches, and salads.
5. Serve finger foods: Finger foods are easy to eat and can be served without utensils, which makes them a convenient choice for a funeral reception. Examples include fruit and vegetable trays, cheese and crackers, and small sandwiches or wraps.
6. Don't forget dessert: Offer a variety of desserts, such as cookies, brownies, or a simple cake. Make sure to label any desserts with common allergens or dietary restrictions.
7. Provide beverages: Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, such as water, soda, coffee, and tea. If alcohol is being served, make sure to also offer non-alcoholic options.
Some specific food suggestions could include:
- Sandwich platters with a variety of meats and cheeses, as well as vegetarian options
- Soup or chili in a slow cooker
- Fruit and vegetable trays with dip
- Deviled eggs
- Pasta salad
- Casseroles, such as lasagna or baked ziti
- Finger sandwiches or wraps
- Macaroni and cheese
- Muffins or scones
- Cookies or brownies
Ultimately, the most important thing is to offer food that is simple, comforting, and accommodating to guests' needs and won't add stress to your planning