Set up a soup bar with a variety of soup flavors and grilled cheese tartines on the side. This food bar is the perfect party theme for fall and would also be a great luncheon idea any time. Set it up for game day parties, showers, or a casual birthday celebration. Get all the great ideas, tips, and recipes here.
Soup Bar Party Ideas
A soup bar is the perfect winter theme party idea with a variety of soups to choose from and delicious accompaniments.
You may be longing for Spring, but there are plenty of chilly days ahead that this soup bar would be a perfect plan for. I love turning simple classic ideas like a soup and sandwich luncheon, into something stylish and updated for home entertaining.
When I created my chili bar I never dreamed it would get such a tremendous response. It’s been the gift that keeps on giving, as readers flock to it year after year. I certainly hope you’ll find just as much inspiration in the soup bar I’ve designed.
For starters, these soup bar ideas would be fantastic for a game day party, a casual baby or bridal shower luncheon, movie or game night, or any casual get-together with friends or family. Remember, you don’t always need a “reason” to throw a party!
This food bar pairs smooth flavorful soups with a delicious variety of grilled cheese tartines. The tartines are an updated take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, and I highly recommend them.
How to set up a Soup Bar
Follow these tips for setting up a stylish soup party. And if you want to host a sit down dinner, check out these gorgeous soup dinner party ideas.
- Use vintage soup tureens, and pitchers to serve soup from. A pitcher is an easy drip-free way to pour smooth soup into a mug or bowl.
- Use a large cutting board to serve tasty grilled tartines or other finger foods on.
- Serve the soups in a variety of demitasse cups and tea cups. These are great because they have handles so guests can pick it up and sip it, or use a spoon and scoop it.
- Use small crates or boxes as risers, and add some empty frames for interest. I placed my “get cozy” banner inside one of the frames, and I think it provides the perfect sentiment for this “cozy” winter party bar.
- The agate slabs from my fall tabletop design turned out to be a unique and interested base to write the menu on. Just use a glass marker to write with and then wipe it away later with soap and water. They’re propped up using mini picture easels.
Use vintage soup tureens, and pitchers to serve soup from, and a large cutting board to serve tasty grilled tartines.
I suggest serving at least three different soups for the buffet, and they are all smooth varieties as opposed to chunky style. The reason for this is that the soup and grilled cheese tartines should balance each other. You don’t want to get too full on a hearty soup when you have such robust flavors in the tartines.
PARTY TIP: You can buy prepared soup from your favorite eatery, make soup from a packaged mix, make it homemade, or any combination of these. The idea is to provide a melange of flavors!
- Butternut squash soup recipe
- Smooth cheese broccoli & cheddar soup
- Classic easy tomato soup
- This curried pumpkin soup & stuffing balls would also be an excellent addition.
- The smooth soups also give you the opportunity to provide tasty garnishes like croutons, pine nuts, crumbled bacon, and fresh basil.
What to serve with soup
- For extra accompaniments I put out some cheese-stuffed peppers, cornichons, and pecans.
- The grilled cheese tartines can be cut into halves or thirds so guests have more variety without getting too full. They are great dipped in the soup too!
- These mini party sandwiches with brown sugar glaze are addictive!
- Mini beef and blue cheese party sandwiches have lots of complimentary flavor.
- Turkey melts and roast beef party sandwiches are a delicious side for the soup.
I hope you’re inspired to set up your own soup bar for casual entertaining. I think your guests would love the variety, as well as the novelty of it.
Let me know what you think. Cheers!