August 9, 2010
Charlie and I have been hosting monthly Soup Nights for a little over a year. We’ve truly enjoyed doing it! I make a big pot of soup and invite over the neighbors. I didn’t come up with the idea. I stole it from a woman named Martha Freeman, who was featured in an article in Cooking Light magazine about ten years ago. Yes- it took me a while. Charlie and I kept talking and talking and talking about what a fabulous idea it was over and over and over again. Alright already- do it! So, we did.
We picked the first date. Then, the kids and I walked the neighborhood putting fliers into mailboxes. We did that for maybe the first four of five times. That part became unsustainable, and so now we send reminders and announcements via e-mail.
I make a big pot of soup. Then, the invitation asks that friends bring something to share (or don’t!). I don’t request an RSVP. I don’t want people to feel like they have to come, and I also want them to be able to come at the last minute. I want people to be able to come home from a long day at work and just come as they are. There’s always plenty to eat, and we always have a great time. It’s been wonderful to get to know people in the neighborhood a bit. And it’s fun to see all my sweet neighbors meeting each other. We’ve had as few as eight people and as many as 30.
It’s hospitality, not entertaining. My kids’ rooms were a mess this past Friday. I’m o.k. with that. Our family has truly enjoyed connecting with our neighbors.