Throw A Perfect Sip and See Party To Celebrate New Beginnings

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: June 17, 2024

    Bringing a new baby into the world is a momentous occasion filled with joy, love, and excitement. As close friends and family members eagerly await the arrival of the precious little one, there is a delightful tradition that has gained popularity in recent years – the Sip and See.

    We will unravel the essence of a Sip and See event, exploring its purpose, the joy it brings, and the cherished moments loved ones share as they gather to celebrate and welcome the newest addition to the family.


    What is a Sip and See party?

    This charming get-together is about introducing a new baby to family and friends in a laid-back, joyous atmosphere. Guests can sip on tea, coffee, and other light refreshments while getting up close and personal to meet the adorable little one.

    Picture a relaxed setting filled with heartwarming conversations, well wishes, and opportunities to hold and interact with the baby, all accompanied by refreshing drinks and delectable finger foods. It’s the perfect chance to celebrate the newest addition to the family casually and invitingly. It is also a great alternative to a baby shower or sprinkle if it isn’t thier first child.

    When to have a Sip and See?

    A sip-and-see is a special gathering that takes place in the early weeks or months following the birth or adoption of your baby. It’s a designated event or open house where all your loved ones can come together simultaneously, saving you from the continuous ringing of doorbells and visits spread out over multiple days.

    This way, the new parents can relax and enjoy the company of their guests for a manageable and enjoyable two-hour timeframe without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. It’s the perfect opportunity to create cherished memories while keeping things stress-free (and working around the baby’s sleep schedule).


    Sip and See vs. Baby Shower?

    Let’s break it down! While baby showers are all about showering the expectant parents with gifts and play baby shower games before the baby’s arrival, Sip and See parties take a different approach. They’re all about introducing the little bundle of joy to friends and family in a relaxed and joyful setting.

    Instead of traditional games and gift openings, Sip and See events provide a laid-back opportunity for loved ones to sip on beverages, chat, and see the baby up close. So, whether you prefer the excitement of a baby shower or the warm atmosphere of a Sip and See, both offer their own unique ways to celebrate the new arrival!

    Do people bring gifts to a Sip and See?

    While gifts are not typically expected at a Sip & See party, guests may choose to bring a gift to congratulate and celebrate the new baby. Unlike a traditional baby shower where gift-giving is a central focus, the primary purpose of a Sip and See is to introduce the baby to family and friends. 

    It is more common for guests to bring small, token gifts or sentimental items for the new family rather than elaborate presents. However, it is always thoughtful to communicate to guests that their presence and well wishes are the most important, and any gifts are entirely optional.

    How to plan the perfect Sip and See?

    Planning the perfect Sip & See party involves careful attention to detail and creating a welcoming atmosphere for guests to celebrate the new baby. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plan the perfect Sip and See party.


  1. Determine the Logistics
  2. Choose a suitable date, time, and location for the event. Consider factors like the baby’s schedule, the availability of close family and friends, and the size of the gathering. Decide whether you want to host the party at your home or opt for a different venue and create a guest list.

  3. Send Invitations
  4. Design and send out invitations that reflect the party theme or style of the party. Include details such as the date, time, location, and special instructions or requests. Minted has some beautiful sip-and-see invitations. Or you can consider using digital invitations to simplify the process and allow for easy RSVP management.


  5. Baby-Centric Activities
  6. Plan some baby-centric activities to engage guests and encourage interaction with the little one. Set up a designated area where guests can hold and spend time with the baby. Consider organizing a simple game or activity related to guessing the baby’s weight or birth details to add some entertainment.

  7. Create a Relaxing Environment
  8. Ensure there are comfortable seating areas for guests to socialize and enjoy conversations. Play soft background music to set a relaxed and pleasant tone throughout the event. Provide ample space for guests to move around and mingle freely. And don’t forget the hand sanitizer!

  9. Decorate the Space
  10. Create a warm and inviting atmosphere by decorating the party space. Use soft colors, balloons, banners, and floral arrangements to enhance the ambiance. Consider adding personal touches like photographs of the baby or themed decorations that showcase the baby’s gender or baby’s name.


  11. Food and Drink
  12. Opt for bite-sized appetizers and snacks that are easy to handle and eat while mingling. Consider options like finger sandwiches, sliders, mini quiches, vegetable or fruit skewers, cheese and crackers, deviled eggs, or bruschetta.

    Create a grazing station, charcuterie board or brunch table with an array of cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruits, nuts, and crackers. This allows guests to nibble and graze at their own pace throughout the event.


    Provide a selection of refreshing drinks such as iced tea, flavored water, mocktails, lemonade, sparkling water, or fruit-infused beverages. You can also set up a self-serve champagne bar, mimosa bar or beverage station with different options and garnishes. I mean, it is a celebration! 

    Include a variety of sweet treats table filled with cookies, cupcakes, mini pastries, or a dessert bar with an assortment of bite-sized desserts. Consider incorporating a small cake or cupcakes decorated per the party’s theme.


    Sip and See Party Theme Ideas

    Welcome to the World: This theme showcases different cultures and geographical locations. You can decorate with vintage maps, globes, and flags from different countries.

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: This theme is based on the popular nursery rhyme. You can use lots of stars, moon, and celestial decorations. The color palette can be in soft pastels or classic night-sky blues and golds.

    Storybook: This theme can include favorite children’s books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” or “Winnie the Pooh.” You can use books as part of your decorations and even encourage guests to bring a book instead of a card.

    Garden Party: This is perfect for a sip and see that’s held in the spring or summer. Decorate with lots of flowers and greenery. You can also include insects like butterflies and ladybugs in your decorations.

    Safari: A safari-themed party can include animal prints, stuffed animals, and exotic plants. This is a fun and exciting theme that can be done with lots of creativity.

    Brunch Theme: Since sip and sees usually happen in the early afternoon, a brunch theme can be a great fit. Think of mimosas, pastries, and beautiful daylight settings.

    Seasonal: Depending on the time of the year, you can theme the party around the current season. For example, a spring sip and see could feature lots of pastel colors and flowers, while a fall sip and see could feature more warm tones and leaves.

    Remember, a Sip and See party is meant to be a casual and relaxed event focused on meeting the new baby. The theme is just a fun addition but not a necessity.

    Sip and See Party Decoration Ideas and Inspo

    Welcome to the world of Sip and See party ideas and inspiration! In this exciting and creative realm, we will explore delightful themes ideas, decoration ideas, and activities that will transform your Sip and See event into an unforgettable celebration, leaving guests in awe and making cherished memories.

    Casual Baby


    Poppin Bottles 


    Rustic Floral


    Brunch Sweets


    Welcome Baby


    Throwing a Sip and See party is a heartwarming and joyous way to introduce your little one to your friends and family. From selecting a theme that speaks to you, to planning the perfect refreshments, every detail can be tailored to create a memorable event. Remember, the main star of the event is your new baby, and the goal is for everyone to meet and celebrate this wonderful new life.

    So, while the party planning process can be engaging and fun, don’t lose sight of what truly matters: the warmth, the love, and the shared happiness of this special moment. With a bit of planning and a lot of love, you’re sure to host a Sip and See party that your guests will enjoy and cherish.