Baby showers can be elegant and fun, but one thing is always missing: the baby! Why not follow a Southern tradition and celebrate after the little one’s arrival? A Sip & See is the perfect way to toast the whole family.
What is it? A casual open house celebration with simple decorations and snack options. Hosts designate a non-meal party time with a start and end point (e.g. 2-5PM) so visits flow without overwhelming the new family.
Who is it for? New parents who may have friends or relatives in town for the holidays or who want their loved ones to share a drink (the sip) and meet the baby (the see) all together.
To keep the décor simple, stick with a single color for your basics - flowers, platters, paper plates, napkins, and tablecloth. We chose white and then dipped baby food jars in mint and gold paint for an adorable and fresh take on bud vases (see image, below).
Unlike a traditional shower, Sip & Sees are about toasting the new family rather than showering the mother with presents. Invites may suggest a small token, like an inscribed children’s book for the baby’s library. Otherwise, gifts are at the guest’s discretion.
Food & Drink
Build a lemonade bar to strike a balance between sweet and sophisticated. Set out pitchers of regular and strawberry lemonade, as well as iced tea and a few bottles of chilled prosecco for mixing. Spiked Sherry Lemonade might be a welcome addition. Add bowls of fresh fruit and herbal garnishes (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, mint and rosemary sprigs). Finish with striped paper straws, mixed glassware, and paper cocktail napkins.
Offer a buffet of finger foods. We like veggies with healthy dips, open-faced (tartine) sandwiches on long baguettes that can be sliced into single portions, deviled eggs, and a plentiful cheese and fruit board. All can be prepared ahead and replenished halfway through the party.
For dessert, ask a few friends to bring cookies or brownies and pick up donuts or cupcakes at a good bakery. Display all on cake stands or platters of varying heights.
All photos by Beth Liebetrau.
Lydia Ellison Howerton & Sarah Lagrotteria are co-authors of the popular lifestyle and food blog Apples & Onions, which has been featured in numerous popular print and web publications such as Daily Candy, Washington Post Express, The Kitchn, The Daily Meal, American Baby and Brides Chicago. They are based in Los Angeles, Ca. Currently, Lydia and Sarah also serve as private chefs to one of the world’s most prominent families.