This soup sounds horrible to me. And while it might make sense if it was being suggested as a quick lunch for the kids, especially on a day the kids were being particularly obnoxious, it’s being suggested as part of a swanky New Year’s party menu. Seriously!
They don’t tell us what Celery Knobs are, but yes, that Candle Salad is the one with upright bananas dripping mayo in a rather disturbing manner. Christmas Recipes and Menus of The Home Service Department, 1926, also had some decorating advice.