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What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

Traditional baby showers are pretty common. But sip and sees are gaining traction. Learn what a sip and see is and how to host one.

Updated May 16, 2024

by Molly Pross

Additional contribution by Sarah Ring


Baby showers have developed their own traditions and etiquette over the years. And while baby showers are still the “norm” these days, many women choose a very popular alternative instead. Have you ever heard of a “sip and see”?

What Is A Sip and See?

This newer, casual spin on a traditional baby shower is a party thrown after the baby is born. Essentially, guests are invited to “sip” on refreshments while they “see” the baby. Usually planned by the parents, this tradition is becoming more common. It is a great, low-key option that allows family and friends to mix and mingle in one fell swoop. While some may choose to have a sip and see instead of a baby shower, you can probably expect to receive some baby shower gifts. (Who can resist?) However, some choose to include a small registry, which is entirely up to you.

Who Should Have One?

If this concept interests you, check out these five reasons to skip the baby shower and have a sip and see instead.

1. If This Isn’t Your First Baby

Many families with one child may opt for a baby sprinkle or a sip and see. The main difference is that the sip-and-see occurs after birth. If you’ve had your kids close enough together, you’ve likely already had a baby shower with a gift registry. You probably don’t need everything you did the first time around. This smaller soirée focuses less on the gift-giving aspect. Instead, it allows everyone you love to celebrate with you in more of an open-house format.

2. When You Don’t Live in Your Hometown

Geography can limit the kind of party you can throw. A sip and see could be the best option when a family doesn’t live in their hometown anymore but would like to introduce the new baby to lifelong family friends. With more and more families moving away from home for various reasons, what better way to celebrate your newest addition than with a homecoming party to welcome your new family?

3. If You Want to Keep Early Visits to a Minimum

It’s completely normal not to want visitors right after having a baby. Many parents are nervous about germs and perhaps prefer privacy in those first few weeks or months. So, if you’d like to keep all those unexpected guests from coming to see your new addition at random times, a sip and see could ease your worries. Those early days are precious. Visits from friends and family to see the new baby can be stressful, tiring, and disruptive as you get a handle on life with your newborn. If you’re following the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule, by two months, your baby will have built up their immune system and had several shots that may lessen exposure and the potential for getting sick.1

4. A Reason to Party (And Feel Like an Adult Again)

Hopefully, after a few weeks post-birth, you’ve had a chance to settle into some semblance of a routine. You can finally comb your hair and shower regularly. A sip and see and a good glass of pinot could be what the doctor ordered to feel like a normal person again. This is a great way to corral everyone all at once for those much-needed adult conversations. It also takes some pressure off this time because all eyes will be on the baby, letting you relax a little.

5. It’s Less Expensive

Baby showers typically come with the headache of paying for them, whether you or someone else is hosting. A sip and see is a great way to cut back without looking like you’re cutting corners. Even better, the party is planned on your terms. There aren’t any expectations regarding venue, décor, food, and baby shower games. That gives you much freedom to decide how long people stay, what food you serve, and who gets invited, making it much easier to keep costs down.

How to Host a Sip and See

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. This unpredictability made me 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 and see after her arrival. Once she finally made her debut, I couldn’t wait to introduce our little girl to all 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 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.

Follow along for a peek at our party and a few simple steps for hosting a stunning sip and see.

1. Find Your Venue

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

Easy enough, you need to find the perfect location for your event! It was one of my favorite restaurants in my hometown of Houston, Tiny’s No. 5. It was the ideal setting for a ladies’ brunch as it had that vintage chateau feel I swoon over. The food was terrific, and it had an onsite bakery 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.

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

2. Select Top-Notch Vendors

When planning the event, I wondered what better way to welcome my daughter into the world than to surround her with amazingly wonderful women who could do anything. So, I decided to hire women-owned businesses for the party exclusively. And that’s where the fun began!

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

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

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

Our flowers were completely Instagram-worthy and created by Melinda Garcia of Longstem Box. What I love about Longstem Box is how giftable the arrangements are in these chic boxes. I am definitely dropping hints to my hubby for future anniversary flowers! 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.

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

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

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

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. When hosting, I have learned 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 ingredients.

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

3. Leave the Photos to a Pro

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

What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One
What Is a Sip and See and How to Host One

Join Your Guests in Relaxation

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!

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A sought-after non-toxic lifestyle expert, Molly Pross is passionate about creating a healthy home. She loves educating families on how to reduce toxic exposure by empowering them with information and… Read more

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