Columbus Day weekend provided the perfect time for a Soup and Salad Party!
We gathered our friends around and each brought their specialty.
Lots of crusty bread, oyster crackers, and big napkins to pull it all together. I used a chocolate brown banquet cloth and round pumpkin colored placemats to set off each selection.
So that everyone would feel welcome to try some of each soup, I set out cups and mugs, rather than bowls. In order to keep some harmony, I used only white or brown dishware. By the time I corralled all of my white mugs, cups, and consommé cups and brown mugs, I felt that I had enough. Amazingly all but one of the tureen’s are mine – acquired through the years.
Some of the soups were very rich and…
…some were more earthy.
The soup selections included:
- Chicken Tortellini
- Butternut Squash (made by our very own Cuisine Kathleen)
- New England Clam chowder (also made by our very own Cuisine Kathleen – of course she had to bring two!)
- Turkey Wild Rice
- Sweet Potato Ginger
- Lobster Bisque
- Mushroom Barley AND
- a nice pot of Chili
The salads were amazing!
My sister-in-law made this wonderful salad with pears of two colors, toasted prosciutto, and shavings of Pecorino Romano.
My youngest daughter made this tossed green salad with nice big chunks of avocado and a balsamic vinegar dressing.
My oldest daughter was feeling quite creative. She breaded and sautéed little rounds of brie and paired them with luscious raspberries. There were also a Greek Salad, a salad with cranberries and a salad with spinach.
Have you ever had a party where you weren’t sure exactly how many people were there? I think we had 22 adults and 23 children of varying ages.
Despite all of the homemade goodness at the main table, the dessert table was all store bought, except for Kathleen’s brownie pops (but of course!) To see more about the brownie pops, click here.
Even if store bought, we had many delectable goodies.
The soup and salad party was the perfect way to bring friends together for a relaxing day (and evening). Although the party started at 3 pm, one guest who had a delayed arrival due to work, didn’t leave until 11:20 pm! LOL! Or perhaps at that point, I was yawning out loud.
I wouldn’t have had it any other way and couldn’t have done it without the help of my wonderful sister-in-law, Anne.
We had a great day! Now all of the participants of Seasonal Sundays know why I was a bit tardy in getting to visit all of their beautiful posts.
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- The Tablescaper