There is this notion of soups being the cold weather comfort food… I’d say soups are great any time of the year! They are a delicious party food that is easy to keep warm and serve.
Prepare a soup bar for your next party or turn the party into a potluck that fills the soup buffet with all sorts of yummy soups.
These soup ideas will certainly make you lick your lips and you might just find yourself heading to the pantry looking for the ingredients.
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What You’ll Find Here
- Soup Party Tips
- Delicious Soup Ideas
- Entertaining Games (and printable soup bar signs)
- Lovely Favors
1. Soup Party Tips
So, let’s start with soup party tips.
1. Use Small Bowls or Mugs
Use small bowls or mugs to encourage sampling of various flavors of soup. It will be fun for the guests to be able to sample them and go back for more of their favorite ones.
2. Label The Soup
Use cute tent cards to label what each soup is. On one side write the name of the soup and on the other the ingredients in case you have guests with food allergies.
3. Serve A Variety of Soup Toppings
Soups are quite delicious without any additional toppings but since this is a party go nuts with toppings.
Soup Topping Ideas:
- green onions
- tiny crackers
- shredded cheese: cheddar, Parmesan, mozzarella
- herbs: chives, parsley, cilantro, thyme, dill
- sour cream
- crumbled tortilla chips
- bacon pieces
- toasted, chopped almonds
- toasted pumpkin seeds
- hot sauce
- red-wine vinegar
- toasted coconut
4. Don’t Forget The Bread
Soup and bread, bread and soup. Can’t have one without the other.
Now is the time to show off your bread baking skills or swing by the bakery to pick up some freshly baked bread.
What goes well with bread besides soup?
Butter, of course! If I could only pick two things to eat and got all my nutrients from them it would be bread and butter.
5. Finger Foods
Place fun finger foods on the table for the guests to snack on. They would also work as appetizers.
- pop corn
6. End the Meal With Delicious Desserts
Chocolate goes with anything, right?
Create a cookies and hot chocolate bar. Add a few tea options too.
If you want to continue with the soup theme, you could serve fruit soup!
7. Send the Guests Home With Leftover Soup
Unless you want to eat soup for a few days, you might want to pack it and send it with the guests to eat for lunch the next day.
8. Make It A Potluck
Well, this tip seems like out of order perhaps it should be the tip number one but here it is last but not least.
Ask the guests to bring their favorite soup to the party whether it is homemade or straight from the store. You might want to have a sign up sheet so you don’t end up with several pots full of the same kind of soup.
9. Soup Party Invitations
Sending out fun invitations make the soup party even cooler!
Soup’s On! Yes it is and this potluck will be delicious! More info on the soup party invitation.
2. Soup Ideas for Soup Party
1. Broccoli Cheese Soup
I’m going to start with my favorite, Broccoli Cheese Soup! (From Shugary Sweets.) Yum!!
I have not made it yet but I read through the recipe and it seems like something that even I would know how to make.
The total time for making this deliciousness is 30 minutes, 10 for prep and 20 for cooking.
2. Lasagna Soup
Ciao! That’s pretty much all I remember from the Italian lessons I took years and years ago. It doesn’t matter whether you speak Italian or not you can always enjoy a bowl of awesome Lasagna Soup (from Tastes Better from Scratch.)
The total time for this one is 50 minutes, including 10 minutes of prep and 40 mins of cooking.
3. Italian Wedding Soup
Continuing with the Italian theme and presenting to you Italian Wedding Soup (by The Cozy Cook.) Meatballs are one of my favorite foods so why not put them in a soup as well.
This one takes a little more time to prep like 20 minutes but the whole thing will be done in 45 minutes.
4. Chicken and Rice Soup
This gluten free chicken and rice soup (from I Cook the World) is a wonderful option for your soup party.
If you actually prepare the chicken as instructed you’ll get the health benefits of real chicken broth. But you can of course use the chicken stock from the store too.
It can sound like a lot of work but the prep time for this soup is only 20 minutes.
5. Potato Soup
This is called the Best Potato Soup (by Bunny’s Warm Oven) and who am I to argue with that. Anything with cream and potatoes sounds good to me.
Your potato-loving friends will gobble up this one!
6. Simple Tomato Soup
I was really attracted to the word “simple”. Yeah, I like simple recipes.
Garlic, onions and other awesome ingredients add lots of flavor to this Tomato Soup (from Joyous Apron). It even has tiny bit of red wine it it. How cool is that!
7. Butternut Squash Soup
In 20 minutes you can have this delicious Butternut Squash Soup ready to be served. Easy cooking. I like it!
This soup is perfect for any fall themed party like Friendsgiving!
8. Steak and Potato Soup
Some of us just love our beef and potatoes. That’s what my dad would eat every day.
This one is cooked in a slow cooker for 8 hours but the preps take only a few minutes.
3. Entertainment for Soup Party
As much fun as eating is you might want to consider doing some fun activities or playing games.
1. Prepare the Soups Together
You might just love working in the kitchen together and prepare all the soups as a group.
2. Guess the Flavor
Blindfold the guests and have them sample the soup and guess the ingredients.
3. Conversation Starters
Come up with a few fun questions to find out some interesting things about your friends.
If you’re having a soup party in the fall you’ll love the riddles and conversations starters in the Fall Fun Toolkit. This comes handy especially if you have kids at the party.
4. Soup Party Acrostic
Ask the guests to write down soup ingredients or toppings that begin with the letters S-O-U-P-P-A-R-T-Y.
You can obviously make the game yourself too but if you want to save some time and effort you can get the game that’s already here waiting for you.
You’ll also get 3 fun signs (8.5 x 11 in) to make your soup bar looking fabulous.
Soup Bar Signs and a Game. (a digital product, 7 day money back guarantee)
5. What Do You Meme?
It helps to know how your friends think…
Create the most hilarious memes and let the judge decide what is funny.
Take a look at the What Do You Meme? game.
Thanksgiving Conversation Starters
4. Soup Party Favors
What can you give besides leftover soup? Here are some cute ideas.
1. Snowman Soup
At first it might seem that this is only a favor for the winter soup parties but not necessarily so… snowman would definitely turn into soup during the warmer seasons.
Fill your favor bag with
- hot chocolate package
- candy cane
These cute snowman soup toppers come in three different sizes.
2. Soup Bowl
Your guests will love to bring home a fun soup bowl!
This set has six 20 oz bowls perfect for eating soup, cereal or to be used for snacks. They are made of porcelain and are heavy enough to keep the soup hot.
These bowls are oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe.
3. Soup Spoon
Take a look at these lovely colorful stainless steel spoons!
These spoons make eating soup even more fun! Tie cute tags around them to thank the guests for coming.
Having a soup bar at gatherings is an easy way to provide delicious, nourishing food for the guests. Enjoy the special moments, eat soup, play games and get to know each other.