Good food ideas to serve at a funeral reception include hearty comfort food dishes such as chicken, potatoes, ham and cake. It is also a good idea to serve baked dishes that are easy to put in the fridge and reheat, as planning a funeral can be a draining and emotional process, notes the Huffington Post.
Funeral reception hosts can also consider serving dishes that are traditional in their communities, according to Esquire. For example, Jewish families traditionally serve boiled eggs at receptions, Irish families dined on potatoes and roast beef during wakes and traditional Mexican funeral fare often includes stews and soups. However, many communities no longer strictly adhere to tradition.