A Sip & See is a great way to introduce your baby to the world! It can take the place of a traditional baby shower, or can be thrown by the new parents as a way to formally introduce their baby to family and friends.
Use a traditional birth announcement to invite your guests, such as this one from Tiny Prints. The picture will give everyone a sneak peak of the darling baby they are about to meet. Schedule your open house mid-afternoon, so that your guests won’t be expecting a full meal. Since the party will be taking place at your home, focus your decorations on a few key places….the front door, a food table, and the baby!
Hang a beautiful, floral wreath on your front door to welcome your guests. Have a table set up when people enter the room with a stack of notecards, a cup full of pens and a scrapbook. Guests can write a personal note welcoming the baby, offer words of advice, and congratulate the family. The notecards can be placed into the scrapbook as a wonderful memento for the child in years to come. I think it would be cute to take this one step further, and use personalized notecards (you could even order double the amount and use them for thank you notes, too!).
Set up a buffet table with a few small bites and some bubbly! Since this party is definitely geared more towards adults, use the color of champagne as your inspiration and set a sophisticated table in shades of white, gold and silver…with an emphasis on shimmer! Line the center of your table with candlesticks filled with shimmered candles in gold and ivory, set out stacks of appetizer plates, gold cocktail napkins, and champagne flutes. (Quick tip: if you don’t want to serve your champagne in plastic glasses, invest in a set of inexpensive flutes….you will use them time and time again!)
The Sip & See is wonderful party idea – and you can adapt it to so many different themes. Baby Showers are typically limited to a woman’s first baby, but a Sip & See can be held to introduce baby number 1, 2, 3 or 10!
Images: yellow centerpiece (toddevents.com), baby announcement/invitation (tinyprints.com), champagne and baby (inmagine.com), floral wreath (brides.com), table (karljuengel.com), scrapbook (papersource.com)