|My Bean Soups|
I have hosted a "Swap Meet" several times, and those of you who are familiar with a "Cookie Exchange" know exactly what I am talking about. My Swap Meet involved clothes, cosmetics, household items and other things that people brought home from the mall and didn't like, didn't use, or realized were mistakes purchased. The Cookie Exchanges involved ten dozen cookies. (As I am not a baker, that was a humongous effort and a one-time shot for me....)
|Soup's All Ready for Swapping!|
Let me explain HOW-TO HOST A SOUP SWAP, and you can figure out how to do the other types based on this. I'll give some hints at the end about Swap Meets and Cookie Exchanges, but they basically work the same way.
In the Soup Swap, each guest goes away with 6 quarts of freshly-made soup and the hostess ends up with one quart from every guest, as I said before.
Here are the How-To's:
2. It is understood that the hostess will provide drinks and h'ors d'oevres for the event, and so as a hostess gift, she will receive one quart of soup from each guest as soon as she arrives. The hostess puts this into her refrigerator and it is out of the exchange. She does not have to prepare soup for the party, as she has already worked hard enough for the swap meet.
3. When the guests arrive, they put their soups, labeled with the type of soup, on a table. The exchange itself does not begin until all guests are present and all soups are there.
4. The hostess lets guests pick a number from a basket, and that is the order in which guests get to choose their soups.
|Which to Take?|
6. The "picking" continues until the table is empty and all the soup is gone and stashed into coolers.
7. The party, however, continues.
For a Swap Meet, I used a roll of tickets, which I bought at a craft store. (One roll has lasted through several events.) Some guests come with a few items, and some come with many, and I give a ticket for each item. There are rules about what can be traded. Clothing must all be on hangers, and must be in nice enough condition and still in fashion enough that people will want them. In other words, NO JUNK. Household items must be clean and usable. I toss the stubs into a basket. As the evening progresses, we pick the stubs out, call the numbers, and the guests get to select whatever they want from the amazing array of "stuff." Everyone goes home with great exchanges, and anything that left over goes to the Goodwill the next day.
|Kim, Kimberly, and Alison|