A "Sip and See" is an open house-style party held sometime in the first nine weeks after a baby arrives. Family and friends get the chance to meet the new baby ("see") while they nibble on lighter fare and enjoy a few drinks ("sip"). Here are a few ideas on how to pair your casual celebration with the season.
"Fall" in Love with Baby
If you have an autumn baby, make your Sip and See cozy and capitalize on easy decorations that you can bring in from the outdoors. Hang a fall wreath and decorate tables with colorful leaf garlands. A few pumpkin-scented candles can add to the cozy atmosphere. For an easy-but-tasty menu, create a chili bar. Put a couple pots of chili on the stove to bubble—a traditional recipe for one and a white chicken chili recipe for the other. If you don't have time to make the chili from scratch, call your favorite restaurant for a large order of take-out. Set out crackers, cheeses, sour cream, corn chips and other fixings. Don't forget the cornbread and the spoons to make your buffet complete. For drinks, warm a spiced wine and also offer chilled apple cider.
Baby It's Cold Outside
A winter baby will love all the extra cuddling during his Sip and See. Skip running around town in the cold preparing for your winter celebration. Instead, throw a snowman- or snowbaby-themed afternoon with a hot chocolate bar at the center of the party. Make homemade hot chocolate, and set out big mugs, whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, peppermint sticks, and even some creamy liquor for guests to customize their drinks. Prepare desserts or order some favorites from your local bakery. Display the goodies on different-size plates, and spread them out on your table. Add a few sprigs of evergreen twigs or leftover red ribbon from the holidays, and you have a stress-free winter centerpiece.
Spring Into Parenthood
Spring is the perfect time to celebrate new life with a Sip and See. Cover tables with white cotton tablecloths and decorate them with beautiful spring blooms you pick from your garden or buy from your local florist. Invite guests over for a midmorning brunch and feature breakfast foods like bagels, pastries and a breakfast casserole alongside lunch foods like finger sandwiches. Serve coffee, milk and a few different juices—and don't forget the mimosas!
For a summer Sip and See, prepare light fare and fun drinks to welcome guests and beat the heat. Weather permitting, head outside. Decorate with vases full of bright daisies and a few inflatable beach balls. Serve a variety of light sandwiches, cut into small triangles or with a flower-shaped cookie cutter, along with a fruit salad and sliced vegetables. As for drinks, hit your local store and grab different varieties of gourmet lemonades—sparkling, strawberry, grapefruit, whatever you can find. Serve with ice and have vodka available for adults who might want their lemonade to have a bit of a kick.