Whether you are having a small funeral tea at home or organizing a post ceremony reception at a larger venue it’s always good to have help. Even having close family and friends back to your house can be taxing so try to delegate – someone to make the tea, pour drinks, bring a cake or do the washing up. Try to prepare as much as possible in advance so once your guests have arrived you spend the minimum amount of time away from them.
A large group of people in your home can be overwhelming and hard work so think about bringing in professional help. You can hire staff to come to your house to greet, serve drinks and wash up. A reputable company will send trained people who offer a discreet, respectful and efficient service. Perhaps it will be useful to organise a local butcher, baker or cafe to deliver sandwiches and baked goods if you are planning buffet style refreshments.
There are a number of experienced, fully staffed, funeral catering services available to take all the work out of your day which can be very welcome at an emotional time. funeral magazine found lots of caterers who offer a wide choice of menus with some available to view in detail online. Whether you want a selection of canapes or a Moroccan banquet you can be sure to find a caterer to suit your needs and budget. Larger companies may provide drinks on a sale or return basis and offer glass, crockery and table linen hire so that your home is left clean and tidy. A good caterer will be flexible and work to meet your specific requirements. If you can’t find exactly what you want don’t be afraid to ask and negotiate a bespoke package.
A funeral gathering or reception should be a time for relaxing, exchanging stories and sharing memories. Hours spent shopping, cleaning,and washing cups means less quality time with friends and family when it is most valuable – let someone else take the strain!