How to Host a Soup Exchange
We’ll walk you through every step of the hosting process.
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You’ve heard of a cookie exchange, but what about a soup exchange? This fun gathering between friends and family results in a freezer full of fresh, homemade soups. In the following pages, we show you exactly how to plan a soup exchange (it’s easy, trust us!). Plus, we share our favorite, top-rated soup recipes—like these!.
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A Few Weeks Before the Exchange: Send Out Invites
The first step in planning a soup exchange is to finalize a guest list: 5-10 people is a good starting point. Next, send out your invitations (like these cute Campbell’s inspired cards)—both snail mail and email work fine. In addition to the date, time and place, make sure you tell guests to bring enough soup for however many swappers were invited. If anyone on the guest list has allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to include that information as well.
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A Few Days Before the Exchange: Make Your Soup
Prep for the party by making the soup you plan to exchange. (Not sure what to make? Skip ahead to find 10 delicious options.) Once your soup has cooled, divide it into freezer-safe containers you can give to your friends, such as glass jars or lidded boxes. Label each container with the date the soup was made and any allergens. Pop the containers in the freezer. Make sure you reserve 2-3 cups of soup for guests to sample during the exchange. Check out 25 more smart freezer tips.
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The Day of the Exchange: Get Ready to Label
Before your guests arrive, set up a labeling station. This area will allow guests to earmark their soup containers with recipe names, reheating instructions and the names of soup makers (in case they want to ask for the recipe!). For a simple labeling station, fill mason jars with gift tags, then lay out an assortment of pens, a roll of twine and scissors.
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The Day of the Exchange: Set Up Tasters
It’s no fun to simply exchange the soup and leave—guests will want to taste the fruits of everyone’s labor! Set up a tasting table with small bowls, spoons, soup toppers, crackers, breads and any other add-ins. As guests arrive, have them add their reserved soup to the tasting table.
Editor’s Tip: Ask guests to bring their tasters in a slow cooker so it stays warm as you eat.
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The Day of the Exchange: Time to Swap!
Once everyone’s tasted the soups, have everyone set out his or her frozen containers of soup. Let guests grab a container of each. Give guests a box or bag so they can easily carry their bounty home. Once everyone’s gone, stand back and relish at your new freezer full of soup. Enjoy!