These days you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone unfamiliar with the tradition of a baby shower. Surprisingly, they are a relatively recent phenomenon. They only really became common after WWII during the baby boom of the 1940s and ’50s. 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 Southern 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 over a baby shower, you can probably expect to receive some gifts (who can resist?!). But some do choose to include a small registry and that’s entirely up to you.
Who Should Have One?
If this concept piques your interest, check out these 5 reasons to skip the baby shower and to have a sip and see instead:
1. If this isn’t your first baby.
Many families who already have one child may opt for a baby sprinkle or a sip and see. The main difference is that the sip and see occurs afterward. 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 gives everyone you love the opportunity 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 that 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, then a sip and see could ease your worries. Those early days are so precious. Visits from friends and family to see the new baby can be stressful, tiring, and disruptive as you’re getting a handle on life with your newborn. If you’re following the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule, by 2 months, your baby has built up their immune system and has had several shots that may lessen exposure and the potential for getting sick.
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 manage to comb your hair and shower regularly. A sip and see and a good glass of pinot could be just 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 of the pressure off since this time around because all eyes will be on baby, letting you relax a little.
5. It’s less expensive.
Baby showers typically come with the headache of paying for it 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 own terms. There aren’t any expectations regarding venue, décor, food, and baby shower games. So that gives you a ton of freedom to decide how long people stay, what food you serve, and who gets invited, making it much easier to keep costs down!
Now that you know what a sip and see is and how it can be an excellent alternative to a baby shower, it’s time to start planning yours! If you need a little inspiration, check out another article on how to host a sip and see, complete with simple steps for hosting a stunning, alternative soirée!