Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chilled Strawberry Soup is one of my favorite soups, especially in the spring and summer and it’s so, so easy to make!  If you’ve never had it, you must try it.  It’s sort of like a strawberry milkshake in a bowl. Sometimes, I just want to act the fool and turn that bowl up and drink it.

I made this for the first course of a six-course Springtime in Paris luncheon I prepared for our Girlfriends Unlimited Women’s Group at our church (about 65-75 women in attendance).  We also had a wine and cheese tasting course (sparkling grape juice) and I made homemade sorbet as a palate cleansing course.

Everyone was encouraged to wear fancy hats.  One lady actually wore a hat from a boutique de modiste (hat shop) in  Paris!  We had Parisian music softly playing in the background, including the famous recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing “I Love Paris.”

My color theme was black and white with touches of hot pink and lime green, and I made sure to have little touches of Paris everywhere, but my main backdrop decor was a re-creation of an outdoor Parisian cafe, complete with a small round table, chairs, flowers and sparking chilled juice paired with wine glasses.

A lady’s bicycle with a basket overflowing with spring flowers and baguettes, and a black standard poodle on a hot pink leash, casually tethered to the bicycle, was parked nearby.  Well, the poodle was fake, but it looked real!  I searched high and low to find one.  I tried to beg, borrow or steal a real one.  I really did.   I like authentic. 🙂

Our youth group served as waiters and waitresses, all attired in black trousers and white shirts.

Springtime in Paris Menu

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chicken Salad Croissants

Spring Salad Mix with Assorted Dressings (usually comes after the main course in France)

Homemade Lemon Sorbet

Assorted Cheeses with Sparking Grape Juice

Chocolate Eclair

Water & Lemonade

Chilled Strawberry Soup

2 cups hulled and sliced fresh or (thawed) frozen strawberries
1 cup orange juice
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped topping, optional

In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the whipped topping and process until smooth. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a dollop of whipped topping.

Springtime in Paris is a fun theme for a spring luncheon – big or small!  You need to try it.  You will almost feel like you are in Paris.  Almost.

Helpful Hint: An easy and inexpensive wall grouping can be achieved by making copies of a large black fleur-de-lis and placing the copies in 8×10 black picture frames.  I made nine of these and hung them in three rows of three.  It looked very impressive!

Au revoir!

 

 

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Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

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  1. How fun! And the strawberry soup looks and sounds wonderful!

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