How to Host a Sip and See

Mom with baby girl at her sip and see.

How to Host a Sip and See

You’ve undoubtably been to a baby shower, but have you ever heard of a sip & see? A “sip and see” is sweet soirée where you sip tea, coffee or cocktails and “see” the new arrival! It’s a fun way to welcome a new little one that isn’t as heavily gift focused as a traditional baby shower and of course who doesn’t love some precious newborn snuggles?!

In November we welcomed our third baby, and first daughter, Isla! Her due date was always questionable because my first baby was nearly two weeks late, and my second was three weeks early and that unpredictability made me far too anxious to have a baby shower in the last trimester, thinking I would end up going into labor nowhere near the birth center. So we settled on a sip & see to take place after her arrival and once she finally made her debut, I couldn’t wait to introduce our little girl to all of the incredible women in my life!

Our celebration was sincerely lovely. It’s a day I will never forget, as the outpouring of love for our tiny infant daughter was so incredibly heartwarming! This mama’s eyes swelled with tears multiple times throughout the brunch, it was just a fabulous fete filled with friends and family.

Considering hosting a sip & see of your own? Follow along for a peek at our party and a few simple steps for hosting a stunning sip & see!

How to Host a Sip and See

First, find your venue.

Sarah Ring, Isla, Sip and see, baby chick, host

Easy enough, you need to find the perfect locale for your event! For me, it was one of my favorite restaurants back in my hometown of Houston, Tiny’s No. 5. It was the perfect setting for a ladies brunch as it had that vintage chateau feel that I swoon over. Not to mention the food was amazing and they had an onsite baker for the cake! Atmosphere and convenience are big things to consider when venue shopping, so be sure to inquire about any extra services they may offer when you host a sip and see.

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Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Second, select top notch vendors.

When I was planning the event, I thought to myself what better way to welcome my daughter into the world than surrounding her with amazingly wonderful women who could literally do anything? So from the start, I decided I wanted to exclusively hire women-owned businesses for the party! And that’s where the fun began!

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Rachel Tieken with Halfmoon Lettering was the uber talented calligrapher behind the chalkboard wall that greeted our guests! You might recognized her beautiful work from Nina’s sweet shower for baby Liam! We were so happy with what she was able to create for Isla!

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick
Our flowers were completely Instagram worthy and created by Melinda Garcia of Longstem Box. What I love about Longstem Box is how gift-able the arrangements are in these chic boxes. I am definitely dropping hints to my hubby for future anniversary flowers, ha! But boxes of blooms aren’t the only thing Melinda has mastered. She also made a floral cake topper and a custom garland for the cotton candy cart!

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, baby chick, host

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, host, baby chick

Speaking of cotton candy, I was introduced to Abigail Diaz of Lush Puff at the Baby Chick Mother’s Day Soirée and immediately thought of her when I wanted something fun, whimsical and PINK for our sugary sweet baby girl! The cotton candy favors were absolutely unique and memorable. So if you plan to host a sip and see, think outside of the box when it comes to treats for your guests!

Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, baby chick, host

The cookies were handmade by the incredible baker Samantha Trate of Joyfully Sweet. Not only were they beyond gorgeous works of art, but they were melt in your mouth delicious. Something I have learned when hosting is that just because something is pretty, doesn’t mean it will taste good. So do your research. Be sure your baker of choice uses the highest quality of ingredients.

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Sarah Ring, Isla, sip and see, baby chick, host

Third, leave the photos to a pro.

The last thing you want to be worried with when hosting a sip and see is who is going to capture the precious moments from your party. I can’t tell you how much more time I was able to spend with my guests thanks to Tia Ray from Capturing Moments by Tia.

Sarah Ring, sip and see, Isla, baby chick, host

Sarah Ring, Isla, Sip and see, host, baby chick

The last step for hosting a sip and see?

Relax, join your guests, sip some much deserved champagne and soak in every second of baby cuddles. When you have entrusted reliable professionals such as these, you can truly be present and worry free come party time! Enjoy mama!

Sarah Ring, Isla, Sip and see, host, baby chick

About the Author /

Sarah Ring is a small business owner living in Dallas with her husband of ten years. She is a mother to two elementary aged sons and one toddler daughter. She is passionate about travel, date nights, Southern manners & traditional children’s clothing but above anything else, finding grace in motherhood is her greatest accomplishment!

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