Many memorial services offer a reception afterwards


A menu should be based on the likes of the deceased. If the deceased was particularly fond of dessert a selection of desserts could be offered, along with tea and coffee. Decide if you want a caterer or potluck. Keep in mind that many local grocery stores and bakeries do low-cost catering, and people are generally willing to bring food or desserts to create a potluck.


☐ Choose catered, pre-purchased (for instance, veggie trays and desserts), potluck, or other:


If they loved champagne, or wine, and the budget allows it, then that might be something to offer guests.

If you are planning toasts at the reception, then the deceased's favorite alcohol could be served; for example the lover of scotch could be toasted with one shot glass provided for every guest.