If you appreciate the ceremonies and traditions that go along with services held at funeral homes in Peoria, AZ, that might be the direction you take when a loved one passes on and you find yourself in charge of their services. You might also want to have a reception after that funeral as that is also a tradition. Whether you are hosting the reception, or you are asking a friend to do so for your family, there will likely be food involved. Funerals can be mentally and physically taxing and having some food around can be comforting and a way to refuel and get through the rest of the day. Buffets are often the easiest thing to turn to for a reception as people can come and go as they want. Here are a few things that guests can easily serve themselves.

A Make Your Own Sandwich Station

You can lay out meats, cheeses, breads, and other options and allow people to make their own sandwiches. They can eat whenever they want during the reception without food going cold. Some people may be hungry right away while others want to wait until closer to the end. This option is simple and easy to set up, but much appreciated.

Desserts Are Always Nice

Comfort foods often include something sweet. Even a small taste of something sweet can help [people feel better and enjoy the day a bit more. Nothing has to be homemade or elaborate. It can include store bought cookies or brownies or something else of that sort. In reality, most people don’t care what food is on the table. They just want to reminisce with their family and support one another.

Foods The Deceased Enjoyed

If you want to make the reception more personal, you might want to include a few of the deceased’s favorite dishes. Perhaps there was a salad they always made for family potlucks or they never could get enough of a certain side dish. Adding things of that nature can make the memories come alive as people gather to eat and remember.

Consider Caterers

While setting up the reception yourself when you are dealing with the final service as well can be hard, if you don’t have a friend who has offered to do it, you can always hire caterers for the job. They will set up and clean up and take care of everything in between so you have one less thing to worry about.


When you are working with funeral homes in Peoria, AZ on final services, keep the reception after the service in mind as well. Families often like to stay together for longer and have a different setting to talk, catch up, and share memories with one another. Contact the professionals at Thompson Funeral Chapel to help in organizing the final services and we can offer ideas and options for the reception portion of the day as well. We want you to honor your loved one in the way you see fit.

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