Think about the major life events you’ve celebrated: weddings, births, anniversaries – at the center of it all is usually food that brings comfort and invokes memories.

Despite this, we have found some Columbia families are surprised to learn that in addition to our funeral home facilities, we also have our own reception center – the Blevins Hall Reception Center. When we tell families this is an option for them with a funeral, we often hear the question: Why would a funeral home serve food?

There are a number of reasons why we decided to offer receptions. First of all, we knew it would be a space our community could put to use for many life events. With its resort-like décor, our neighbors in Picture1Columbia use it for family reunions, holiday parties, or professional events. Since we can seat 80 inside and up to 120 people when using our “rain or shine” covered patio with an outdoor fireplace, it’s the perfect space for nearly any event. And if you choose to have a non-funeral related event here, we can make a separate entrance into our reception center available to your guests. Looking to host a larger event like a wedding? We can accommodate up to 300 by utilizing our chapel as well.

But beyond what Blevins Hall Reception Center means for the community, it means so much more for families saying farewell to a loved one. Here are just a few of the reasons why families say they appreciate the convenience of our on-site reception center:

Stress Relief
Since we’re there for families in the first moments after a death, we have seen firsthand the kind of pressure they face during the planning stage. By offering a beautiful and comfortable reception area, we make it easier for them to gather without having to worry about booking a restaurant for a large group or cooking for a crowd. We wanted to be able to handle every detail for families from beginning to end – whether it’s the menu, dishware, set up, linens, and beyond. Having our own reception facility allows us to take care of your family.

There’s something about sharing food that brings people together and provides comfort. It can even change your mood. Having a reception before or after the visitation or service gives you a moment to connect with others who loved your friend or family member and talk, remember, laugh, and even cry together. It also gives you the chance to connect with family and friends that perhaps you have not seen in some time.

Use a Reception to Tell Your Loved One’s Story
Imagine serving your grandfather’s favorite meal – barbecue brisket and slaw– or treating your guests to your grandmother’s famous chess pie, and then passing out recipe cards afterward. Playing a moving video tribute on our 80-inch televisions. And our state-of-the-art A/V system, including microphones, make sharing your thoughts a little bit easier. Want to host a champagne toast? We can help you make that happen. Just a few more ways a funeral reception can help you tell your loved one’s story.

Thank Your Support System
People can come from all over Tennessee, and even the country, to pay their respects to a family member or friend. Sharing a meal is one way to thank them for their support and let them know how much their presence is appreciated.

We have helped thousands of Maury County families plan their funeral service ahead of time, and we always encourage them to consider including reception services in their 2plans. It’s a wonderful gift of love to give to your family – relieving the burden of entertaining their guests as they grieve your loss. It also gives you the chance to express your own personality. Whether you’re the type of person who prefers an elegant, sit-down dinner, or a simple “coffee and cookies” type gathering, the expert hospitality team at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory can make it happen for you and your family.

We invite you to tour our facilities any time by viewing our virtual tour online. But really the best way to see it is in person. Stop by anytime – we always have a fresh pot of Starbucks coffee on, and we’d love to share a cup with you.

Find Joy – and Healing – in Eating Together

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