Beat the Winter Blues: Host a Soup Party

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There are only three weeks of winter left, but if you are feeling like even that's too much, I highly recommend hosting a gathering for friends to hang out around soup, bread, wine and cheese to warm you up while you wait for everything else to thaw.

This kind of party works best as a potluck, with each person bringing their favorite soup recipes to share and the party being about trying the different soups and sharing recipes. I personally love this kind of potluck because soups are simple to put together and they refrigerate and freeze so well for future meals. Here are some ideas from my own soup party this past weekend:

  1. These soup mugs were only $1 each and were the perfect size.
  2. Put together a cheese plate; get more ideas here and here.
  3. If you need extra spoons, these are great, but I also asked friends to bring spoons to the party.
  4. A champagne candle for atmosphere.
  5. Instead of tablecloths, I used brown postal wrapping paper and drew placemats on them with a sharpie marker.
  6. A crockpot is an easy way to make soup and keep it warm.
  7. Right before the party, I picked leaves and branches from our yard and added them to wooden crates to make a makeshift centerpiece. Here's another idea for a quick and creative centerpiece made from kale.
  8. I asked guests to bring books to lend and trade for a book exchange.
  9. We had mini ball jars for guests to use for samples. This way, everyone got to taste a little bit of all the soups.
  10. A good soup ladle is important, but if you are in a pinch, measuring cups can work just as well.
  11. If you have leftovers, these to-go cups can be used to send guests home with more soup.
  12. A beautiful cheese plate that I am hoping to get for next year's soup party!
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Soup Recipes:

  1. Quick Beef Stew with Mushrooms and White Beans
  2. Pumpkin, Chili and Coconut Soup
  3. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
  4. Moroccan Slow-Cooked Lamb
  5. Perfect Potato Soup
  6. Chicken and Chorizo Gumbo
  7. French Onion Soup
  8. Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup
  9. Versatile Vegetable Soup
  10. Kale, Chicken and White Bean Soup
  11. Venison Stew
  12. Classical Mexican Tortilla Soup

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