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Soup’s On -Fall Soup Party

Fall Soup Party: The perfect family party idea for fall, lots of decorating ideas, easy menu, and favouarite recipes.
Fall Soup Party: The perfect family party idea for fall, lots of  decorating ideas, easy menu, and favouarite recipes.

Fall is the perfect time to host a soup party.  You can do all the prep ahead of time, it’s warm and hearty on these cooler days, and it can feed a crowd.  On the weekend, we had about 25 friends from church over for a simple lunch of soup and bread.

The Soups

On Saturday afternoon, my husband and I made four different homemade soups.  First we made Cream of Mushroom –see our recipe here.  This was my favourite. Make it veggie, if you need to by replacing the chicken stock with veggie stock.  Next we made a Tangy Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup, it gets its tang from the buttermilk, can also easily be made veggie.  Next, I made a classic chicken noodle, always a hit with the kids.  Lastly we made Italian Sausage and Tortellini, and it was probably the most popular soup.

Chalkboard Bunting Signs

Fall Soup Party

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We set everything up in the backyard, starting with the soup table.  Love these chalkboard buntings, they’re so handy since they can be changed for any party.  I also used one on the drink stand.

how to throw a soup party

Drinks

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that I”ve been looking for one of these little carts for a while and I finally found this one on kijiji.  Here it is dressed up for the party, with the drinks banner, a bucket of ice water, and another of drinking boxes for the kids.  Up on top, a simple fall punch of peach juice, white cranberry, and ginger ale.

Fall Soup Party ideas

I love these sweet fall leaf paper straws.  Love is in the details.

Easy Fall Decor

Fall Soup Party

Most of us sat under the pergola, I added an easy centrepiece of garden orbs.

Fall Soup Party decor

The garden orbs are dressed for fall by adding a few fall ribbons.  I love how simple and pretty it turned out.

Fall party decor

We also added some more of my pine cone garland on the pergola, just like I did up on the deck earlier.

Fall party decor

See more details of how I decorated the deck for fall here.

Fall party decor

The deck stairs certainly make great extra seating for a party.

Fall party decor

Buffet Style

After church, we stopped at the bakery and picked up lots of fresh bread, then came home to re-heat the soup before our guests arrived.

soup party

I used little chalkboards to label all the soups.

soup party

We had so much soup, and we needed a separate table for all the bread!  It worked out well this way for traffic flow too.

soup party

This menu worked out really well too, lots of people tried a bit of everything, and everyone could help themselves to as much as they wanted.  I was able to freeze the left overs too. I was tempted to add a veggie tray and salad and cheese and crackers, but really there were lots of veggies in the soup, and everyone loved that they were all homemade, so I’m glad we spent our energy on them, and store-bought fresh bread was the perfect, easy accompaniment.

fall soup party

Dessert

For dessert, my husband made two big pans of apple crisp -see our recipe here, and we served it with vanilla ice cream. Yum!  Perfect way to finish a fall meal.

It was a great menu for a get-together of this size, since it could all be made ahead of time, and was easy to have guests help themselves too.  One little tip -make sure you have enough ladles for the soup.  

With a fun fall soup party like this, life really is a party!

You might also like our Homemade Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese here.

Also check out Broccoli Cheddar Soup here.

Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup: so delicious with a silky smooth texture and the flavour of broccoli and cheddar cheese soup in this creamy soup.

You might also enjoy our Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup here.

Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup: this hearty soup is a real crowd pleaser with tender pasta, loads of veggies, and delicious Italian sausage.

14 Comments

  1. This is a great idea!! My husband LOVES soup – he would have a ball with this. Also, that spherical punch bowl is AWESOME – where did you get it?

  2. Hi Katie,
    The punch bowl is from Kitchen Stuff Plus, and I have to say I’ve gotten so much use out of it -even the glasses it comes with are cute.
    thanks,
    Dannyelle

  3. I think the only thing I like about cooler weather is soup. I should pull out my recipes and see what to make, although the sausage and tortellini one sounds yummy. Maybe I’ll give it a try 🙂

  4. I love all your little details…garlands, signs…those straws are to-die-for! I love a soup party too, one year we even did it for Thanksgiving when we got together with my cousins…we decided to spend the day hiking and apple picking instead of slaving in the kitchen and came home to crockpots of soup. One of my favourite Thanksgivings yet!

  5. Did you have a way to plug in all the crock pots or did everything stay warm enough to eat once cooked? Planning a fall party next week and that has been the main question.

  6. Tena, we actually didn’t use crockpots. I had several large soup pots which we used to re-heat all the soup on the stove before serving. I didn’t find that that they got cold. Crockpots seem like a great idea though, and I’m sure they’d hold their heat quite awhile even unplugged. Best of luck with your party.
    Dannyelle

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