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What Serving Style Is Right for Your Funeral Reception?

Published: April 3, 2023
by Welch Funeral Home

Funeral receptions have been around for hundreds of years and can be found in several cultures all over the world. This reception typically takes place after the funeral and committal service and can held in someone’s home, restaurant, park church, or funeral home in Longview, TX.

This event is important as it gives friends and family a chance to gather, talk about their loved one, and begin to heal by feeling supported and loved. Since we often equate food with comfort and love, food is typically served at these events. If you are hosting a funeral reception and need some ideas of how to serve the food, keep reading as we cover some of the most popular options.

Buffet Style

Many individuals and families choose to have a buffet style service at the funeral reception. This is because for one, it allow the family to offer a wide variety of food. This can be very helpful if people have special food needs and/or allergies.

Also, if you do not want to have the added cost of servers, a buffet can be a good choice as guests serve themselves. Of course, if you wish, you can always have servers behind the buffet table to plate the food for the guests but you will not have to have servers taking plates to tables, refilling drinks, etc.

Sit Down Plated Dinner

Plated or table style refer to when guests will be seated at a table at a certain time for their meal. It is a more formal, “high-class” feel as guests remain seated as the food is brought to them. Many times guests will choose their entrée and RSVP so that they don’t actually “order” at the time of the reception. The food is catered in or made at the location and is nice and hot as it arrives at the table. This serving style can be more costly because you will need servers to transport the food, refill drinks, and attend to additional needs of the guests as they eat.

Yes, Food Trucks

Food trucks are a newer serving style trend that is growing in popularity. While buffets and plated meals can feel formal and stuffy, food trucks are much more of a casual feel. This can be a great choice if the event is outside at a park or other outdoor location. It can also add some nice atmosphere if the family wishes the reception to feel more light-hearted and happy rather than serious and solemn. With most every city having several food trucks to choose from, you can offer your guests a wide variety of foods.

In Conclusion

Whether you have the reception at a restaurant or funeral home in Longview, TX., funeral recaptions can play a big role in the healing process and should not be overlooked. One big part of the reception is typically the food. This food can range from a snack table to a four-course seated dinner. When deciding on the food service style, it is best to think of how your guests would be better served as well as what type of mood and atmosphere you wish to bring to the event. Contact us today if you need help or would like to get more information about our pre arrangement.

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