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Jun 23, 2009 11:11 AM

suggestions for a funeral reception

I'm going to a funeral for a friend this coming weekend and will be preparing food for the reception afterwards. I'm thinking finger food or a salad might be the best thing to bring. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Thanks.

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  1. Finger food is a good idea.... various sandwich makings on a platter... cold cuts, cheeses. Then a platter or basket of rolls, condiments, pickles/sliced tomatoes/lettuce. Several cold salads....macaroni/potato. Then there's that old Southern dish: Funeral Grits. In my neck of the woods lasagna is a staple for such gatherings as is eggplant parm. You'll need to include plates, utensils, glasses and napkins.

    1. I'd recommend something easy to make but good for a large amount of people - baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, meatballs, and salad. There's something very comforting in warm pasta. I'm sorry for your loss and hope this helps.

      1. A lot depends on circumstances and the wishes of the family. Will you be supervising the preparation of a large meal and wish to make a contribution? Or will you be transporting food to be put out while you attend the funeral service? Does this family have specific religious or cultural preferences?

        A generic response says that finger food is a very good idea. The less anyone needs to fuss at this time, the better. A platter of assorted cookies, slices of pound cake and some dried fruit & nuts would be appropriate and easy to transport and serve.
        My condolences.

        1. a ham, scalloped potatoes or corn casserole. also good buns. broccoli casserole is good. tortellini salad. the sandwiches are fine, too.
          baked pasta dishes are good as they keep well in the oven, and are still good at room temp.

          1. Condolences for the loss of your friend. I am sure this is not an easy time and your offer to provide food is very generous.

            Do you have an idea of how many people will be attending? Will this be at someone’s home or a hall? Not knowing your friend's cultural background, you might consider tea sandwiches filled with something easy like ham, cheese, chicken salad, etc. A salad would be nice or a crudité platter, and maybe a selection of fruit, like strawberries and grapes.

            When my mom passed away, my Filipino relatives brought tons of food to share with everyone after the rosary. The funeral service was the following day and I hosted a luncheon at a nearby restaurant for about 100 people. At my aunt’s funeral, my cousin had the luncheon catered by a local Chinese restaurant.

            My stepfather’s family is Japanese. Following the services for my grandparents and uncles who have passed away over the years, friends and family brought sushi, teriyaki chicken, pickled mustard greens, tamale casserole, macaroni salad and an assortment of cookies, brownies, manjū.