A soup buffet is one of the easiest, coziest and most fun way to get together in the fall. And since we are all staying home more, a soup bar gives us a reason to celebrate with our loved ones. I say, “Let them eat soup”!
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Soup is such a favorite at our home! I actually love to make soup! When the kids come home it’s fun to have a soup we all love!
SET IT ALL OUT AND LET EVERYONE SERVE THEMSELVES
Our new kitchen has the perfect counter to set out everything we will need for our meal!
I love spreading out a self serve buffet so everyone can dig in and take what they like!
I wanted this soup bar to reflect the beauty and bounty of the fall season! It’s all about feeling cozy and well-loved!
Fall is such a gorgeous season in Lancaster County. It’s the unofficial pumpkin land of America!
So I decorate with pumpkins! Lots of pumpkins! On cake plates and candlesticks…
And even on my FAVORITE SQUARE DINNER PLATES! The have a handmade look and a tiny rim.
At the end of the table I made a small impromptu arrangement of more pumpkins and a large dried gourd! Super easy!
On the counter in the background coffee and spiced apple cider are also set up to be self serve!
So once this buffet is set up everyone can sit at the table and enjoy a meal and laughter!
MAKE SOMETHING AND BUY THE REST
When I was younger I would make everything homemade! And would slave away! Not any more!
I love to make soup so it is the one thing I do make. And I usually make it in the slow cooker or make it ahead a day or two and warm it up before serving.
Here are my favorite soups to serve a crowd.
Many of these soup posts are so old but the recipes are true winners! I hope to repost them with new images and recipe cards for you!
- THE BEST CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP YOU WILL EVER EAT (cooks’ secret makes it scrumptious)
- HEARTY BACON CHEESEBURGER SOUP
- LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP
- SLOW COOKER BEEF AND BEEF BARLEY SOUP
- SCRUMPTIOUS MINESTRONE SOUP
- NANI’S AMAZING VEGETABLE SOUP
For our Soup Bar, I made DELICIOUS ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP.
This soup is 0 WW points but because I serve some hearty appetites I sautee a pound of sage sausage with a little oil in the dutch oven and then add the stock and apple.
The sausage gets whizzed up in the blender with the rest of the soup. Wow is this soup delicious!!!!!
These are my FAVORITE SALAD/SOUP/CEREAL/STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BOWLS. Like the plates, these bowls have a handmade look.
MAKE IT EASY
I make homemade soup all year long but there is something about a warm and filling fall soup or chili!
I make the soup for the Soup Bar and buy the rest!
I usually cut up artisan bread or serve corn muffins with the soup. Sometimes I’ll make garlic bread if I have the time.
Serving it on a breadboard or vintage cutting board gives it an even more rustic feel!
The Pumpkin Caramel Bundt Cake is also from our local store! And it is so yummy!
I’m not much of a baker so buying something as spectacular as this cake for desserts is the perfect ending to an autumn-inspired meal!
And you know that anything put on a cake pedestal is more special.
The cake is at the end of the buffet with cake plates and forks so people can revisit the buffet and get their cake after they eat the soup… or not!
I don’t even give a thought to people, especially grandbabies, eating dessert first!
The only thing I add to the soup bar just before people get in line is a whip cream dispenser. You can’t fake whipped cream. The real thing is a culinary gift!
I just add cold heavy cream a bit of powder sugar and a little vanilla extract to the dispenser and shake!!
You can see my WHIPPED CREAM DISPENSER HERE. This small kitchen gadget will last a lifetime!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
I keep a Soup Bar very simple. It’s all about a perfectly scrumptious soup and bread!
And a few fun, well-placed nods to the fall season!
Remember to play some pretty warm music and encourage lots of conversation and laughter.
Even soup can make wonderful memories! So remember to take pictures!