Each month at Little Yellow Couch we’re hosting different kinds of events that ensure we’re staying connected with family and friends. We thought November would be the perfect time to host a soup exchange. (It’s sort of like a cookie swap, only with soup!). Our goal: to go home with a lot of cozy food for the month so that we all have a few ready-made meals as the hectic holiday season sneaks up on us.
A few weeks before the party, we dropped off a bundle of supplies for each guest. It included an invitation, blank recipe cards, soup containers and labels. We tied it all up with a dishtowel and wooden spoon, the handle of which we dipped into two different color paints.
The invite explained the idea behind the party: Make enough soup for 4 couples and bring it in the storage containers we’ve provided. Label the containers and fill out a recipe card for each. On the day of the party, we’ll all take home a variety of soup…one from each couple.
Our goal for any party is to create an atmosphere that indicates something special is going to take place. What makes it memorable are the connections made between people, but the setting can go a long way to making sure that happens. The color scheme and feel for the whole party started with a simple dishcloth with red stripes down the sides (from Ikea!) that reminded us of a French café. From there, I found some leftover ticking cloth I had in my studio to turn into napkins. Karen created a cross-stitch pattern for the “LYC” on the corner. You can make your own monogram using Karen’s template.
We printed red lines on card stock and cut out circles for wineglass tags, just punching a hole in the top and securing with a black ribbon. The same card stock was used for the cheese labels.
Since all of the soup was meant to be taken home to eat later, we needed something for the party. We started with a cheese board, olives, beer and wine.
Karen’s husband, Jason, made two different chilies. We posted the recipe for one of them earlier this week. It’s truly divine!
We asked our friends, Beth and Chris Bean, if they would host the party at their beautiful home. First we set up their dining room in case it got too cold outside. (It’s nice to have a back-up plan).
But the weather was comfortably crisp and we mostly stayed outside on this gorgeous fall day.
Since it’s apple picking season here in New England, we brought along freshly made apple cider doughnuts from a near-by farm. And yes, they taste as good as they look!
Over the course of the next few weeks, our friends have told us how great the soups have been and how much they love having a homemade meal waiting for them in the fridge! We’ll definitely do this again…the possibilities for soup are endless and the fun is in sharing creative recipes that you might not otherwise have tried!