In keeping with an annual tradition, our fellowship decided to hold a Fall Soup Party. It was set to take place almost three weeks ago, but the timing was off for a number of people, so we postponed for a couple of weeks. One advantage of delaying the event was that the weather changed quite a bit, and by the time the Soup Party arrived, it was definitely cold enough to enjoy hot soup. Justin and I hosted the party in our home, and I did the decorating. I work a fair amount of hours now, so I did a little bit of decoration making every morning. With the extra weeks I gained with the party being postponed, I was able to come up with a few extra ideas. What is a Fall Soup Party? And how exactly does a Fall Soup Party work? Well… Everyone was asked to bring either a soup, drinks, some bread or a dessert. All the guests at the Fall Soup Party were given a plate with a number of small cups on it so that they could sample each soup. We assigned each soup a number, and also numbered the soup sample cups – just to make things simpler for the guests. I knew I wouldn’t be able to remember what soup was in what cup! There were prizes for the first, second and third best soups. I made little voting slips and a box, and at the end of the night the votes were counted and the prizes awarded. First prize went to the Cheesy Potato Soup. My Pumpkin Soup won second prize, and I was pretty happy with my prize – a Starbucks voucher! We had just over 30 guests, and since it was our first time hosting so many people in our home, we were a little unsure of what to expect, but everything worked out perfectly!
Here are some pictures of the food and the decor at our first ever Fall Soup Party…
[I have tried to add links to all the free printables that I used. I apologize if I left out any! You can always check my Fall Soup Party Pinterest board if you want to see where I found everything. Be Whisked Away, Gather Here, Autumn Pumpkin, “Give Thanks” banner, We Gather Here, Flag Numbers. Let me know what else I can do posts on.]
Justin made this wonderfully healthy addition to off-set some of the sugar overload from all the cookies that I made. The dip, inside a hollowed out pumpkin, consisted of cream cheese, cream, dill and garlic powder (I can add proper directions if any of you are interested). It seemed to get better and better the longer that it stood, and because he had made the dip the night before, the garlic had a nice kick to it!
This Mexican Tortilla Soup, made by Gretchen, was delicious…
Justin and I loved it so much that we ate it for dinner for two nights after the soup party!
This was where everyone collected their plates and soup sample cups. Just before everyone started lining up for food, Justin and I started arranging the cups on the plates so that folks could just walk by and take a plate. That helped the line move a little quicker, but dishing up still takes quite a while when there are so many pots to spoon out of, and tons of yummy foods to choose from. There wasn’t enough space on our plates to try everything… but going back for seconds is always fun!
These little blackboards were made from offcuts of wood that I found. Very simple to make, so if anyone’s interested, give me a shout and I’ll do a quick post on that. There were seven soups, but we were not sure how many to expect so I printed and made a number of flags. I printed each one on thick white paper, glued it around a wooden skewer, and placed it into an apple (to keep with the “harvest theme”). It would also be nice to use small pumpkins for this, but I had already decorated with so many pumpkins that I wanted to change things up a little.
The night before the party I made a batch of No-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies pictured above). These are insanely addictive! So much so that by the time Saturday midday arrived, we were 1/4 way through the batch and I had to make another batch. Oh dear! Below, Hot Apple Cider. The smell of the cinnamon filled our house. It was amazing.
All the breads, cakes, cookies and side dishes filled our dining room table. Luckily we have a large marble ledge by the window too because that was were the soups were. As you can see, two of the soups had to go on the table because the window ledge was so full. There would have been a lot more space if I hadn’t done so much decorating, but I wanted it to look “like fall” so I used burlap, leaves, pinecones, candles, frames, pumpkins and old branches to create a warm autumn feel.
The “Cast your Vote” printable and the voting slips were made by me, so again, just shout if you want a digital copy of those. I haven’t done any other posts on this party, or the decor, but I would be happy to if anyone is interested in hosting a Fall Soup Party. It was good to be able to provide this night of food and fellowship for others. We are grateful for our lovely home and that it can be used in this way.