So, the time has come to say goodbye – and hopefully to celebrate a life well lived. 

While entertaining may be your strength, this may be one occasion when a little help would mean a lot, so it’s worth considering bringing in an extra pair of hands or two.  After all, as well as getting to grips with what’s just happened, do you really want to have to sort out all the funeral catering – the planning, shopping, cooking, serving, clearing and washing up?


While there may seem plenty of willing helpers right now there’s no saying how reliable they will be on the day of the wake – after all emotions are unpredictable and grief is a rollercoaster at best.

And while it’s hard to imagine families boasting about the funeral catering in the same way they might about a wedding feast, it is, after all, surely your duty to give your loved one a good send-off.

After all funeral catering has come on a bit since the days of tea and tongue sandwiches – there’s nothing to stop you having a real party.  So with that in mind, unless it’s really just tea and biscuits for a handful of mourners afterwards, it makes sense to enlist the help of the professionals when it comes to funeral catering.


If you’re planning funeral catering we hope this checklist will be helpful. Things to consider:

  • What’s the date of the funeral?
  • About how many guests are you expecting?
  • What’s the age range?
  • Will they have travelled far/have a long journey ahead of them?
  • What time of day will the event take place?
  • Do you have somewhere big enough to accommodate everyone (consider seating, access and loos)
  • If ‘at home’ is not an option then how about a local church hall, community centre or local pub?
  • Think about food and drinks – if you’re unsure ask your caterer for advice
  • Consider incorporating a favourite bake or signature dish into the offer – your caterer can help!
  • Let people know in advance that they’re invited for drinks/lunch/afternoon tea after the funeral

Here at Expresso we’ve had the privilege of catering for many funerals across Norfolk – providing hospitality on behalf of the bereaved in a wide range of venues – from private homes to church halls, pubs and community centres.

Whether you want a formal gathering, an upbeat informal ‘do’ or a full blown family party you can rely on us to deliver.

Links: practical advice, along with a little bit of humour!