One time I had a freind over for dinner who was, shall we say, suffering from a bit of cocktail flu. So for dinner I made three courses of soup. It was such a hit that I now own three soup tureens so I can do it again. I choose wildly diverse soups -- one may be a light, Asian broth type soup, another something like split pea, chili, or Portuguese bean, and something in between. I set the table with a coffee cup on top of a cereal-type bowl on top of a pasta-type bowl, and put all three tureens on at one time, and all can choose which soups they want for what course. Put out both a great loaf of french bread and some saltine type crackers, some cheese and butter. people love this ... very much comfort food.