|in case you're interested - the soup stars of the evening were the Cheddar Ale Cauliflower and the Spaghetti Ring and Meatball|
It's always easier to get pictures of an event before it happens.
The during photos of the Fall Soup Party were mostly shots of us eating messy soup. Pictures of people eating are almost never attractive. So there are relatively few photos of the Soup Party actually underway :(
All the soups were in the kitchen. Everything was defrosted but not hot, so each person had to microwave his bowl after making his selection. This isn't ideal but I don't have a way to keep everything hot for the whole evening. We use small bowls to encourage small servings of a variety of soups. I keep all of the condiments (toppings?) at the table - salt and pepper, sliced bread, oyster crackers, tortilla chips for the black bean soup, three varieties of croutons, and two kinds of shredded cheese. I used mason jars for a lot of these this year because it looked nice and they take up less space than bowls.
Dessert was cake because not only was it the Fall Soup Party, it was also Russ' birthday! The kids helped me finally use the carrots from our garden for a tasty homemade carrot cake!
Look at this guy... Only a real dad isn't taken aback by the fact that someone's been dipping into the frosting even before he gets to blow out the candles...
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Here's a link to my post on the planning and prep (including the recipes for the ten soups pictured above!) that goes into the soup party.
And here's a link to last year's Fall Soup Party.