Some friends of mine instituted Soup Night last year and are continuing it this year: the first and third Thursdays each month during fall and winter they have basically an open house from 6 to 9. There are usually 2 big pots of soup on the stove, people are invited to bring a loaf of bread or a bottle of wine (sometimes people bring cookies or cheese and crackers but never anything that requires a plate or a fork). They have a big collection of soup bowls and mismatched spoons they picked up at flea markets and it's all very casual. As many as 25 people may show up. I think it's quite brilliant and would steal the idea but mostly the people I'd invite would be the same ones they invite!
Anyway, that's a long introduction to my question. I'm on the hook to make the single soup required this week because many people are bringing festive appetizers and munchies as a nod to the holidays. I have a fabulous cream of spinach soup that I'd like to make because it would be a nice, light (truly, it is, there's not a ton of cream) accompaniment to what I guess will be fairly rich finger food. Do you think enough people like spinach soup to make that a good choice or should I go with something more mainstream?