Springtime in Paris Luncheon + 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 whipped up my chilled strawberry soup for the first course of a six-course Springtime in Paris luncheon I prepared for our Girlfriends 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.

Springtime-In-Paris Ladies Luncheon

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 decor was a re-creation of an outdoor Parisian cafe, complete with a small round table, chairs, fresh flowers and sparking chilled juice paired with wine glasses.  I noticed that many pics were snapped in front of that Paris cafe!

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 Sparkling Grape Juice

Chocolate Eclair

Water & Lemonade

Chilled Strawberry Soup

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Chilled Strawberry Soup
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups hulled and sliced fresh or (thawed) frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped topping, optional
Instructions
  1. 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.

 

A Springtime in Paris Luncheon is so much fun!   You will almost feel like you are in Paris.  Almost.

Helpful Hints

When making chicken salad for a large crowd, I use rotisserie chickens from the grocery store.  I just peel off the skin and debone the chicken and shred it.

Also, did you know that the Walmart bakery will bake fresh croissants?  Just make sure to place your order about a week before your event.  I like to use the mini croissants for a luncheon.

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 with my black and white theme.

Have you ever been to Paris?  I’ve only been in my mind, but one day . . . . .

Au revoir!

Springtime in Paris

About Alli

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

Comments

  1. This sounds tasty! 🙂
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  2. A Paris theme luncheon is SO neat. And I love the idea of wearing hats! I might have to try and organize something like this for my Women’s Club.
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  3. I am not going to lie, I have never heard of Strawberry Soup….but it sounds amazing! The Paris themed luncheon sounds like it was fun and had the perfect Parisian look / feel to it. I have never been there, but just reading about your event sounds like everyone was
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    • I had strawberry soup for the first time on a cruise (years ago) and I knew I had to recreate it once I returned home. Chilled soups were not something that I usually made, until this one and I’m completely hooked on it!

  4. What a cool idea, and that recipe sounds amazing.

  5. I love the theme! I need to see pictures, especially of the hats! I have never heard of strawberry soup but this sounds absolutely scrumptious and I will certainly make this to impress my husband!
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  6. I love this theme luncheon! Too bad you couldn’t find the pictures of the luncheon. Everything on the menu sounds great!
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  7. That sounds like such a fun event! You know I love strawberries – I’ll have to try this soup!
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  8. I really want to try this esp since we were at Disney and it was their BIG thing!
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  9. I have never heard of Chilled Strawberry Soup. Sound yummy. I just bought new strawberries for my garden :).

  10. I love the theme of the luncheon. It seems like it was so much fun! Now this chilled strawberry soup sounds amazing!!! I definitely want to try it!
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  11. Wow, strawberry soup sounds yummy! I also LOVE that graphic of the lady with the dog! I am a sucker for themed events, so of course I loved this one. 🙂

  12. Boy do I want to come to that party. My kind of menu!

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  14. Alli, this looks absolutely amazing. I must admit that I’ve never heard of Chilled Strawberry Soup. The theme of the luncheon sounds so chic and fun.
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  15. Good morning
    Love your blog!
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  16. The soup looks delicious and so easy. Kathy

  17. Love it!
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  18. It looks so pretty. I never would have thought of using strawberries for a soup. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.
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