How should I throw a 'sip and see' for my baby? Baby Shower Ideas

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Whether you had a baby shower or not, you may be considering throwing a "sip and see" after the birth of your little one. The idea is to have an open house–style party for your loved ones to welcome the baby to the world. Guests come during a set timeframe instead of dropping by on different days, and they can enjoy an assortment of beverages (think spiked punch, mimosas, or coffee and tea). Here, a party-planning expert and other moms share their thoughts on what you might want to consider if you're going to have a sip and see.

Give Yourself Three to Six Months

"Don't put too much pressure on yourself to do it right after the baby is born. Give yourself a few months to get settled into your new life with baby. Three to six months is a great time to have a sip and see. Recruit some friends and family to help you out, and try to pick a venue that isn't your house. The last thing you need is to have the pressure of setting up, cleaning up, etc. -- it can be too much! Try and get organized so that you don't feel overwhelmed. Make your guest list, pick...

"Don't put too much pressure on yourself to do it right after the baby is born. Give yourself a few months to get settled into your new life with baby. Three to six months is a great time to have a sip and see. Recruit some friends and family to help you out, and try to pick a venue that isn't your house. The last thing you need is to have the pressure of setting up, cleaning up, etc. -- it can be too much! Try and get organized so that you don't feel overwhelmed. Make your guest list, pick your date, and create a 'to-do' schedule with due dates so that you break the tasks down and do a little at a time. And if someone offers to assist, take them up on it. This is the time to let your friends get involved and cohost." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner, Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles, California

It's Like a Shower After Baby's Born

"It's a Southern tradition that is a great alternative for families that aren't fond of the idea of a baby shower. You come and sip wine or whatever and see the baby. And of course, bring a gift. It's like a shower after the baby is born."

Serve Wine & Finger Foods

"I went to one three weeks ago. I loved it. We drank wine and had finger foods! The mom got a break because we all wanted our hands on baby. It was very sophisticated and relaxing."

It's a Treat for You as a New Mom

"At my baby shower, I was big as a whale and tired. A 'sip and see' gives a new mom a break while boosting her ego by telling her she and baby are beautiful."

Consider Having It at the End of Maternity Leave

"I chose a sip and see instead of a baby shower. I didn't want my friends and family to waste money on gifts; plus it was a great time to show off my baby and mark the end of my maternity leave from work."

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