Creative Ways To Use Soup Tureens in Your Table Settings

Welcome to the 695th Tablescape Thursday!

With snow in the forecast this past weekend, it really put me in the mood for homemade soup. At least once or twice during the wintertime, I have to make my favorite vegetable soup.

Best Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe


This vegetable soup recipe is available here: Vegetable Soup.

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe


Another great cold-weather soup that I occasionally make is a roasted butternut squash soup. My daughter-in-love especially loves this soup.


You’ll find the recipe for this soup here: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


A few years back I tried my hand at making pumpkin soup. It’s also a great cold-weather soup.

Add Parmesan Cheese to Pumpkin Soup


The recipe for this Roasted Pumpkin Soup is available here: Roasted Pumpkin Soup.

Delicious Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Fall-Autumn


With hearty, winter soups on the brain, I started wondering how many different styles of small, individual soup tureens I’ve collected over the years. I really like serving soup in a little, lidded tureen since it helps to keep the soup warm before and during the meal. It’s also just pretty and makes a humble vegetable or squash soup feel a bit more special.

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe


For this week’s Tablescape Thursday, I’ve gathered my soup tureen collection together to see what styles I had and how I’ve used them in previous table settings over the years.

Individual Soup Tureens, Great for Winter Soups


It turns out, I have six different styles, all collected over the past 10-15 years.

Individual Soup Tureens, A Collection


Starting at the top left, the Bee Skep tureens were a find in Old Time Pottery and are by American Atelier. The pattern is called Morning Garden.  Next are adorable turkey tureens, also by American Atelier, pattern is Athena Turkey. Those were another find in Old Time Pottery–if I’m remembering correctly. The acorn tureens with the green leaf were from Pier 1. On the bottom row, the brown and gold acorn tureens are from Williams Sonoma. I came across those one year during a killer sale. They were priced so reasonably, I ended up bringing home six in each color. They are marked “B. Eigen, Exclusively for Williams-Sonoma, 2009.” The white pumpkin tureens were from Pier 1 and are marked “Hand-painted Ironstone, Exclusively for Pier 1 Imports.

Acorn Soup Tureen, Pumpkin Soup Tureen, Turkey Soup Tureen, Bee Skep Soup Tureen


If I were to add another set of soup tureens to my dinnerware collection, I would love these. I love the warm colors and the handle for carrying them. They are currently available here: Soup Tureens/Crocks AND here: Soup Crocks. Here’s another design that’s more neutral in color: Brown and Creme Soup Tureens.


Love these, too–they are very similar, just without lids. They are available here: Soup Tureens.

In no particular order, here are some of the ways I’ve used these individual soup tureens in table settings over the years. Hope this gives you some ideas for how you could use soup tureens in your tablescapes.


Acorn Soup Tureens by B. Eigler


Cabin, Lodge Dining, Leaf Plates, Acorn Tureen


Acorn Soup Tureens in Christmas Table Setting


Acorn Tureens for Christmas Table


Noritake Xavier Gold, Acorn Soup Tureen, Pine Cone Napkin Ring


Autumn Lodge Table Setting, Acorn Tureens









Acorn Soup Tureen in Fall Table



Waterford Crystal for Thanksgiving, Red Ruby Hock Stemware





The bee skep tureen would be great for a cold soup during the summertime. What soup would you serve in the bee skep?

Summer Table, Hydrangea Centerpiece, Bee Soup Tureens



Cabbage Dinner Plate, Bee Skep Tureens, Floral Centerpiece


Ceramic Bee Skep Soup Tureen


Looking forward to all the wonderful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Bee Skep Soup Tureen, Bee Flatware, Butterfly Napkin Rings, Limelight Hydrangeas



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  1. Those are so beautiful and this resonates with me on a 40 degree day. Good home cooking to warm the soul.
    Can you stick those in the dishwasher?

    • Thanks, Teresa! Most are dishwasher safe, although I’m not sure I’d chance it with the bee skep tureens. Wouldn’t want to fade the colors on those.

  2. I would serve ice cream in the bee tureen

  3. Such pretty tablescapes. I love the little individual soup tureens. I’d feel so special if I were a guest where those were used. Susan, those soup crocks are a great price! Better grab some of those. They remind me of the sort of style you would have seen back in the 80s. This is the perfect time of year for one of your soups. But the Bee Skep tablescapes are so pretty and have me pining for Spring. I think I better hunker down and prepare some soup, instead. 🙂

  4. Oh I love all of those, especially the white pumpkins! I forget that soup tureens are a thing until I see your beautiful tables. I actually have some of the handled ones – I need to go find them and make some soup. 🙂 Thanks for the cold-weather inspiration, and good luck with your upcoming snow!

  5. You have so many cute soup tureens, love the bee skep ones! Thanks Susan!

  6. Lorelei Troup says

    LOVE the soup and soup tureens, but I especially love your dining room!

  7. All of these striking individual tureens as well as the bigger ones…so nice. In the nineties and early 2000’s I collected a lot of table top, much of it from Vietre. They are lovely…we have acorn squash, pumpkins, eggplant, artichokes and my favorite, lettuce, which are nice for cold summer soups. Sometimes we have puddings or mousse in the little tureens as well. The lids make them easy to keep in the fridge. Also six very pretty larger tureens. I love tables set with these pieces. Your photos using the tureens are fun to see.

    • Jillian, lucky you! I have looked for more individual tureens and I have a hard time finding them. You have a nice variety. Are you English, by any chance? I’m asking because of your reference to puddings. 😀

    • I really should experiment with some cold soups for summer…love that idea! Thanks so much, Jillian!

  8. With our wind chill here in Memphis supposed to be 9 degrees tonight, soup is a must for survival! LOL! I can’t tell you how much I do. and have for many years. enjoyed your tablescapes! I, too, love the individual tureens. I don’t have a larger one, but love using the individual ones. If ONLY I could entertain again! But that day will come. Meanwhile, I will look forward to your Tablescape Thursdays.

  9. I love soup tureens (but have none) so always notice them when you use them. Or so I thought; I had no idea you had so many styles!

    • I didn’t realize it either until I started gathering them all together to share. I just order some new ones today that have a handle…looking forward to sharing those in a winter table soon.
      Stay warm, Mia!

  10. Hi Susan! Oh, I didn’t realize at first that those were personal tureens! You have so many and each tablescape with the is so unique! You always set the prettiest tables. Hope all is well with you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. I love all the tables with the tureens. So pretty. How about a green pea soup or white beans with ham? I had ham left over and made several pots of soup/beans. So good on a cold day/night and the smell while cooking in a crock pot…yum.

  12. Cyndi Raines says

    Yum! Love soup anytime and all the soups you mentioned, sound so good! I have one acorn tureen and use it to hold nuts in the fall. Would love to have more but running out of storage space. I have 3 or 4 large soup tureens, (one is a big pumpkjn and my favorite), I just love them!

    • Oh, I love those pumpkin soup tureens! I used to have a Martha Stewart pumpkin tureen but I gave it to my daughter-in-law since she makes a lot of soups. I’ve been tempted to buy another one because they are just so pretty to see sitting atop a stove in the fall. Is that a dumb reason to buy a soup tureen…for decorating. lol

  13. Franki Parde says

    The “jaunty” additions to the tureens are just adoreable!! Soups on!! franki

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