Traditionally, baby showers are conducted before the baby is born as a female-only event with a heavy dose of awkward baby games. Has anyone else grimaced through a game of “guess the type of chocolate” that has been smeared on a baby diaper? The nauseating combination of baby powder and sweets alone can make any grown person gag. Now, I don’t mean to knock anyone’s fancy if they prefer a more traditional event; however, I want to share new ideas for any of you who feel the way I do. “Sip and See” style baby showers are one of my favorites because you can Sip (tea, drinks, juices, wine, etc.) and See the little guest of honor! These are held after the baby is born and are great alternatives for they type of parents that don’t require lots of baby accessories or gifts. Heck, you can even have a small baby shower and a large “Sip and See” a few months later!
I am a big fan of these– as a new parent, it can be stressful trying to host family and friends that want to meet the new baby! A Sip and See creates a relaxed environment where loved ones can visit in one place at one time. It’s not focused on competition and games; rather, it is all about spending time with the new parents and cooing over their brand new baby. Talk about Convenience with a capital “C”.
Hot ink (borderline magenta) and bright orange, with accents of natural greens
Pandora “Michael Buble”, “Now And Then Soundtrack”, and “Beach Boys” radio
16th Birthday Time Capsule — instructions designed by me on PicMonkey
- Flower arrangements from Trader Joe’s — spring and summer bouquets (see my tutorial on flower arranging)
- Glitterized Letter “A” for the entry table (see my tutorial on making this decoration)
- Jute Burlap Table Runner
- Assorted Tissue Paper Pom Poms Flowers hung with fishing wire
Catered from Whole Foods
- Asian Noodle Salad
- Spinach Orzo
- 24 Wraps halved and quartered – Chicken Caesar, Chipotle Chicken, Asian Chicken
- Green garbanzo Caprese Salad
- Summer Fuslili with Roasted Vegetables
- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
- Broccolini with Roasted Garlic
- Chocolate Mocha Cake from the Prolific Oven **a favorite of the new Mother!**
- Chips – Sweet Maui Onion, Salt and Pepper Kettle, Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles
Party Budget Breakdown
$44.86 20 Invitations from Tiny Prints
$137.03 Table / Chair / Linens (3 table rounds, 1 8’ft table, 5 linens table cloths) from Peninsula Party
$129.56 Michael’s Craft Store (plates, napkins, vases, cards, tissue pom poms, keepsake box, baby scrapbook)
$44.87 Target (cups, soda, juice, bubbles, fishing wire)
$96.35 Safeway (chips, beer, tequila, water, ice)
$41.00 Trader Joe’s (flowers, grapes, strawberries)
$286.50 Whole Foods Catering
$47.75 Prolific Oven Chocolate Mocha Cake
This was a bit more than we had wanted to spend, and a good portion of the expenses went to food. We had lots of leftovers, so I would advise to learn from me and pare down a bit more on the catering. The chips, cake, and macarons were perfect, though!
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