Sandwich Ideas for Funeral Reception

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Sandwiches are one of the most popular choices of foods you can prepare for a funeral reception.

Sandwiches are served cold, following a funeral ceremony.

Preparing sandwiches for funeral reception should be done in the morning of the day of the funeral, so that they can stay as fresh as possible. The bread will become soggy if sandwiches are prepared the day before.

You can pick 3-4 different types of sandwiches so you’ll have a variety for guests to choose from.

It’s best to prepare 1 sandwich per person attending.

Each sandwich you prepare can be cut into 4 triangles, 3 rectangles, or 2 circles so they are individually portioned and small in size.

Therefore, guests can pick and choose a few different types of sandwiches to enjoy.

Sandwiches can be prepared on sour dough, French bread, croissants, pumpernickel, multigrain, whole wheat, rye, or white bread.

Sandwich Ideas for Funeral Reception

Ham and Cheese

Ham and cheese sandwiches are creamy sandwiches with a hint of tart mustard.

You can make ham and cheese sandwiches by spreading mayo on one slice of bread, and whole grain mustard on the other slice of bread.

Layer Swiss cheese, and black forest ham on top of the whole grain mustard.

You can add sprouts, arugula, or slices of pickles to the sandwich if desired. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.

You can cut the sandwiches into triangles, rectangles, or circles for more of a tea sandwich if you like.

You can also make ham and cheese sandwiches for a funeral reception in a croissant as well.

  • Swiss cheese
  • black forest ham
  • sprouts
  • arugula
  • pickle slices
  • whole grain mustard
  • mayo
ham and cheese Sandwich for Funeral Reception

Cucumber and Cream Cheese

Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches are refreshing sandwiches with a hint of dill and cream cheese.

Softened cream cheese is beat together using a hand mixer with mayo, sour cream, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, chives, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Each side of bread is coated in herbed cream cheese, and then slices of cucumber are placed on top.

The sandwich is closed with the other side of bread, and then you can cut the sandwich diagonally to make 4 triangle sandwiches.

Place a toothpick center of the sandwiches to hold it together.

  • herbed cream cheese
  • cucumber slices
cucumber Sandwich for Funeral Reception


Cold veggie sandwiches are juicy and creamy sandwiches you can make with a variety of vegetables, cheeses, and sauces.

Cold Veggie Sandwiches:

  • pesto mozzarella: zucchini slices, red pepper, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, arugula, pesto
  • Havarti and cucumber: cucumber slices, tomato slices, spinach, red onions, green pepper, Havarti cheese
  • apple and brie: apple slices, brie cheese, fig jam, garlic mayo, spinach, basil leaves
  • Jalapeno Havarti and Sundried Tomato: jalapeno Havarti cheese, sundried tomatoes, dill pickle slices, sprouts, avocado slices, red onions, garlic mayo or chipotle mayo
  • Mediterranean: feta, tomato slices, lettuce, red onions, feta, cucumber slices, tzatziki sauce
  • Hummus and Avocado: hummus, avocado slices, sprouts, lettuce, tomato slices, cucumber slices, red onions
  • Swiss and Pickles: Swiss cheese, pickle slices, lettuce, red onions, garlic mayo, whole grain mustard
veggie Sandwich ideas for Funeral Reception

Egg Salad

Egg salad sandwiches are filling tea sandwiches with a lovely creamy egg filling.

Eggs are hard boiled, cooled, and shelled. Hard boiled eggs can be cut into small cubes and then placed in a bowl.

Eggs are mixed together with a bit of mayo, mustard (whole grain or Dijon), salt and pepper to make the filling.

Cut the bread using a cookie cutter into circles if desired, or into rectangles or triangles.

Spread filling on one side of bread, then top with the other piece of bread.

Place a toothpick in the center of the sandwich to hold it together. Garnish with a sprig of parsley.

  • hardboiled eggs
  • mayo
  • whole grain mustard or Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad sandwiches are creamy herbed chicken sandwiches with a nutty finish.

Chicken salad sandwiches are made by mixing together mayo, sour cream, parsley, green onions, tarragon, fresh dill weed, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder and salt and pepper.

Cubed chicken, raisins, and toasted sliced almonds are mixed into sour cream mixture to full coat the chicken to made the chicken salad base.

Chicken salad is spread onto the bread in a thick layer, along with a few cucumber slices.

Another slice of bread is placed on top, and a toothpick is placed into the center of the sandwich to hold it together.

  • chicken
  • cucumber
  • raisins
  • toasted sliced almonds
  • mayo
  • sour cream
  • parsley
  • green onions
  • tarragon
  • fresh dill weed
  • fresh lemon juice
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
chicken salad Sandwich for Funeral Reception

Tuna Salad

Tuna salad sandwiches are a favorite sandwich for many with its creamy and crunchy texture.

Tuna salad sandwiches are made by mixing together mayo, Dijon mustard, green relish, fresh lemon juice and pepper.

Add drained tuna and chopped celery to the mayo base and mix well.

Spread tuna salad on top of one slice and bread, and add the other piece of bread on top.

Tuna salad sandwiches are ready to serve.

  • drained tuna
  • mayo
  • Dijon mustard
  • green relish
  • lemon juice
  • pepper
  • chopped celery

Strawberry, Basil and Cream Cheese

Strawberry sandwiches have a light fruity flavor to them with a bit of earthy tones from the basil leaves.

Strawberry sandwiches are typically made on white bread.

Strawberry jam is spread over one slice of bread, and softened cream cheese is spread on the other side.

Strawberry slices are layered on top of the cream cheese slice of bread, along with a few fresh basil leaves.

The other slice of bread is placed on top, and is ready to serve.

You can use a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of one slice of bread, and have a strawberry poking through the window for an extra special treat for guests.

  • strawberry slices
  • basil leaves
  • cream cheese
  • strawberry jam
strawberry Sandwich for Funeral Reception

Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon, and Capers

Smoked salmon sandwiches are creamy with a hint of smoke flavor with invigorating salmon.

Softened cream cheese is mixed together with minced garlic and fresh dill weed.

Assemble the sandwich by spreading a thin layer of herbed cream cheese on one slice of bread, and top with smoked salmon, red onions, alfalfa sprouts, fresh dill weed, capers, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Add the other slice of bread on top, and place a toothpick in the center to hold it together.

  • smoked salmon
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • red onions
  • fresh dill weed
  • capers
  • herbed cream cheese
  • salt and pepper
smoked salmon Sandwich for Funeral Reception

Horseradish and Roast Beef

Horseradish and roast beef sandwiches have a little bit of a bite to them, with creamy finish.

Roast beef sandwiches are made by spreading a thin layer of mayo on one side of the bread, and horseradish on the other slice of bread.

Cold thinly sliced roast beef placed on top of the horseradish, along with Swiss cheese, watercress, and tomato slices.

Place the other piece of bread on top and a toothpick in the center of the sandwich to hold it together.

  • Swiss cheese
  • roast beef
  • horseradish
  • mayo
  • watercress
  • tomato slices
roast beef Sandwich for Funeral Reception