Welcoming a new baby into the family is a momentous occasion that deserves to be celebrated. While traditional baby showers often occur before the baby's arrival, a "Sip and See" party offers a delightful alternative for friends and family to meet the newest addition after the baby is born. Combining the charm of a relaxed gathering with the joy of introducing your baby, a Sip and See party can be a memorable event filled with warmth and happiness. Here’s how to plan and host a joyful Sip and See party that everyone will remember. 

What is a Sip and See Party?

A Sip and See party is a casual, post-birth celebration where friends and family are invited to sip on beverages, nibble on light snacks, and see the new baby. Unlike a baby shower, which typically takes place before the baby’s birth and focuses on gifts and games, a Sip and See is more about mingling, celebrating, and meeting the new bundle of joy. It’s an excellent option for second-time parents who may not need a traditional baby shower, or for those who prefer a more laid-back celebration.

Planning Your Sip and See Party

1. Choose a Date and Time

Timing is everything when it comes to hosting a Sip and See party. The ideal time is usually when the baby is around six to eight weeks old. By then, parents have had some time to adjust to their new routine, and the baby has started to settle in. Choose a time of day when the baby is usually calm and alert, often late morning or early afternoon. Keep in mind the baby’s feeding and nap schedule to ensure they are comfortable and happy during the event. 

2. Send Invitations

Invitations can be as formal or informal as you like. Digital invitations via email or social media are convenient and eco-friendly, while printed invitations can add a personal touch. Be sure to include all the essential details: date, time, location, and RSVP information. A gentle reminder to guests to stay home if they’re feeling unwell is a considerate touch, given the baby’s developing immune system. 

3. Prepare the Space

Decorations for a Sip and See party can be simple yet festive. Choose a theme or color scheme that complements the baby's nursery or the parents’ tastes. Fresh flowers, balloons, and banners can add a celebratory feel to your home. Create a comfortable space where guests can sit and chat, and a designated area for the baby where they can be admired from a safe distance. 

4. Beverage and Snack Ideas

The “sip” in Sip and See is all about offering a selection of beverages for your guests. Consider a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to cater to everyone’s preferences. Sparkling water, fresh juices, coffee, and tea are great non-alcoholic choices, while mimosas, wine, and light cocktails can add a celebratory touch for those who enjoy a drink. 

When it comes to snacks, think finger foods and light bites that are easy to eat while mingling. Mini sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards, fresh fruit platters, and bite-sized desserts like cupcakes and macarons are excellent options. If you want to add a personal touch, consider incorporating some homemade treats or family-favorite recipes. 

5. Safety and Comfort

Given that a Sip and See party revolves around a newborn, it's crucial to prioritize safety and comfort. Set up hand sanitizing stations and kindly ask guests to sanitize their hands before holding the baby. It's also a good idea to limit the number of guests at one time to avoid overwhelming the baby and parents. Keeping the event to a few hours ensures that everyone, especially the baby, remains comfortable and happy.

6. Capture the Memories

Hiring a photographer or setting up a DIY photo booth can help capture the joyful moments of the day. Provide fun props and a beautiful backdrop for guests to take pictures with the baby and the new parents. This not only creates wonderful keepsakes but also allows parents to be in the moment without worrying about documenting everything themselves. 

7. Keepsake Ideas

A guestbook or a wishing tree where guests can leave messages and well-wishes for the baby is a lovely idea. These keepsakes can be cherished for years to come, providing the baby with a beautiful memento of their first celebration. Alternatively, you can ask guests to bring a favorite book for the baby’s library, with a personal note written inside the cover.

8. Personal Touches

Adding personal touches to the party can make it even more special. Consider creating a slideshow of photos from the pregnancy, birth, and early weeks of the baby’s life to share with guests. This visual journey can make everyone feel more connected to the experience. 

9. Thoughtful Favors

Send guests home with a small token of appreciation. Personalized favors such as mini bottles of champagne, custom cookies, or scented candles can serve as lovely reminders of the day. A heartfelt thank-you note expressing your gratitude for their presence and support will add a warm and personal touch. 

10. Flexibility and Backup Plans

Babies can be unpredictable, and things may not always go as planned. Be flexible and ready to adapt if the baby is fussy or needs extra attention. Having a quiet, private space for feeding or soothing the baby can be a lifesaver. It’s also wise to have a backup plan for entertainment or refreshments in case of any last-minute changes. 


A Sip and See party is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of your new baby in a relaxed and joyful setting. By focusing on creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere and paying attention to the details, you can host an event that will be cherished by all who attend.

For those looking to make their Sip and See party extra special, consider visiting our Home and Hoopla Party Shop. With our extensive range of party supplies, decorations, and personalized touches, we can provide everything you need to create a memorable and beautiful celebration.

Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the special time with your loved ones and to celebrate the newest member of your family. Sip, see, and celebrate the joy of new life with a party that reflects the love and happiness that surrounds your little one.