There is this notion of soups being the cold weather comfort food… I’d say soup is great any time of the year! It’s 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 make you lick your lips, and you might just find yourself heading to the pantry looking for the ingredients.
I’ve FREE soup bar signs for you as well!
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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 the sampling of various soup flavors. 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 delicious without 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 get 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.
6. End the Meal With Delicious Desserts
What would be a cozier finish to the meal than a cup of hot chocolate with cookies.
But 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 should pack it and send it with the guests to eat for lunch the next day.
8. Make It A Potluck
Perhaps this tip should be tip number one, but here it is, last but not least.
Ask the guests to bring their favorite soup to the party, homemade or straight from the store. You should have a sign-up sheet, so you don’t end up with several pots of the same kind of soup.
9. Soup Party Invitations
Soup’s On! Yes, it is, and this potluck will be delicious! Take a look at this fun soup party invitation.
Before I continue with more ideas, I want to tell you about these free conversation starters.
FREE Thanksgiving Conversation Starters
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 yet to make it, 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 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 fantastic 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 Italian Wedding Soup (by The Cozy Cook.) Meatballs are one of my favorite foods, so why not put them in 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 an attractive option for your soup party.
If you 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 sounds like a lot of work, but the prep time for this soup is only 20 minutes, and the total cooking time is slightly over an hour.
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 a tiny bit of red wine in 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; and 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, consider doing some fun activities or playing games.
1. Prepare the Soups Together
You might just love working in the kitchen together and preparing 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 discover exciting things about your friends.
Suppose you are hosting a soup party in the fall. In that case, you could use the FREE Thanksgiving conversation starters I mentioned earlier.
If you have kids at your party, this Fall Fun Toolkit comes in handy. It’s got riddles, conversation starters, and games.
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.
Get this and the soup bar printables below for your soup party.
NEW DESIGN: Soup Bar Signs and a Game FREE!!
5. What Do You Meme?
Create the most hilarious memes and let the judge decide what is funny.
Take a look at the What Do You Meme? game.
4. Soup Party Favors
What can you give besides leftover soup? Here are some cute ideas.
1. Snowman Soup
At first, it seems this fits only winter soup parties but it’s not so. A snowman would definitely turn into soup during the warmer seasons.
Fill your favor bags with
- hot chocolate package
- candy cane
Attach a cute snowman soup bag topper. The 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 and cereal or for being used for snacks. They are made of porcelain and are heavy enough to keep the soup hot.
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.
Enjoy the special moments, eat soup, play games and get to know each other.
Don’t forget to grab the FREE soup bar signs!