Bond with neighbors through soup
May 13, 2009
Interested in getting to know your neighbors? Then throw a soup party.
For some, a neighborhood soup party is a laid-back way to bond with the people who live close to you and also offers a chance to taste some new recipes.
In order to keep things casual, avoid sending professional-looking invitations and instead use a simple flier or a note that can be placed in a mailbox. Don't forget to leave your contact information as a way for people to RSVP.
Once you have your final number of guests, speak with the invitees about what dish they plan on bringing to cut down on duplicate dishes or to suggest they bring something else instead, such as dessert (not everyone is a soup chef). Also mention to guests they are welcome to bring their soup recipe to share, but this is by no means required.
In terms of setting, it doesn't matter if it's outside in the backyard or in the dining room, as long as the atmosphere is welcoming. Think of subtle party decorations such as candles and a colorful tablecloth that would be appropriate for whatever season it may be.
Finally, providing name tags may be a way to break the ice with your neighbors.