If you already follow me on Instagram, you’ll know our daughter Bea! We had a bit of a quiet hibernation after she was born, but now we’re ready to make sure that Bea meets our loved ones. Some of our family members from out of town came to visit at the end of the summer, and since we opted out of having a baby shower, we decided to host a sip and see.
Why We Chose a Sip and See Party
A sip and see is kind of like a baby shower except that the focus is on guests visiting and meeting the baby rather than the mother opening gifts. Our goal for the party was definitely for our loved ones to get some quality time with Bea and so a sip and see was the right fit for us. Bea has everything she needs and we’re also not really into party games (we’re totally no fun lol).
There are a few other nice things about sip and see parties. They’re more inclusive than baby showers in that it’s more than ok to invite dads and kids. We also really liked that we could hold the event ourselves (I’m kind of a control freak lol). To be honest, it also cut down on my housework. Instead of tidying for each guest separately I only had to make sure the house was in really good shape for one day lol (doing housework with a newborn is like a giant game of chess…a game I usually seem to lose).
Floral-Themed Sip and See
In the spirit of keeping things simple we decided on a floral-themed sip and see. We got some beautiful organic flowers, matching flower crowns, and made some giant DIY tissue paper flowers. Easy peasy! I also couldn’t help slipping in a few bees here and there. Bees love flowers right!?
I love using my letterboard for everything lol!
We made a kids play area with this white canvas teepee I found online (made in Canada!).
The bunting above is dyed from black walnut husks…so cool! (from local Grain Handmade)
DIY Sip and See Food
For the food, we made some simple appetizers that could be prepped quickly (I’m all about easy right now!). The party was in the middle of the afternoon, so the food was all snacks and finger food. We also picked up some yummy cupcakes, cake pops, and meringues from a local cake shop.
Gold-dipped cake pops = so good!
Watermelon+feta+mint is pretty darn tasty! Pop them on a toothpick with balsamic glaze and enjoy 🙂
We also set up a bar area with lemonade, water, wine, and beer. I re-used the “Cheers” bar sign from our wedding.
Bea wore an adorable grey linen romper from local clothing co. Nest and Nurture. Fortunately there was a sale on Freshly Picked moccasins so I was able to snap up a pair of those too! They’d been on my wish list for her for way too long (ever since I heard the founder interviewed on a podcast) so I’ve been watching for deals.
Bea also wore one of her organic gerber onesies under the romper. She wore them every day this summer. The gerber onesies are super well made and stand up very well. She’s growing so fast though now I’m going to have to size up!
She kicked off her shoes pretty early in the party…
Sip & See Photo Wall
We kept the DIY sip and see decor very simple. My aunts helped put together a photo wall with some of the best photos we have of Bea so far. We strung jute twine across the wall and used regular clothespins to attach photos. It was easy and I’m so happy with how it turned out that I left it up!
The photo wall was a nice place to chat with our guests.
Floral Sip & See Supplies:
- Invitations: Merriment Press on Etsy
- Grey Linen Newborn Romper: Nest and Nurture
- Newborn Moccasins: Freshly Picked
- Letterboard: Letterboard Co. on Easy
- Gold Glitter Bee Cupcake Toppers: Social Bash on Etsy
- Oh Happy Day Banner: Social Bash on Etsy
- Balloons: Amazon
- Baked Goods: Frosted Tier Cakes
- Flower Crowns: Armstrong Flower Shoppe
- Organic Flower Arrangements: Hartwood North Farm
- Black Walnut Bunting: Grain Handmade
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out our little one’s sip & see! Hopefully it’s the first of many fun parties for her.
xo Mary Jane
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