The Coronavirus pandemic has forced many families to reconsider or postpone celebrating the birth of a child. After the birth, however, everyone is interested to see the newborn. This is why more and more young parents are going for sip and see parties. The tradition is to invite friends and relatives over for a light drink and greet the baby all at once, so they don’t visit for weeks or months. Here are some things you should know about the sip and see the party!
What Is a Sip-and-See Party?
In simple terms, a sip and see can be described as a gathering or open day (depending on preference), usually hosted by a newlywed mum or newlywed parents to give family and friends a chance to meet or ‘see’ their child. Instead of this event taking place before the baby comes into the world (similar to a baby shower), it occurs after the birth (or adoption). In a nutshell, it is a post-partum party for meeting close and good people, sipping non-alcoholic beverages (tea, coffee, punch, etc.).
Guests can come and go during designated visiting hours, see the baby, meet the parents and enjoy refreshments. The aim is to informally celebrate the baby’s arrival, so it’s ideal for those who don’t necessarily like the idea of a baby shower. The best part is that how the celebration goes is entirely up to you. Don’t want games? Would you prefer a buffet to a five-course brunch menu? You have all the freedom!
Why Do Newlywed Parents Throwing This Party?
Family members can visit the hospital or parents’ house to see the baby. For others, however, we can arrange a unique gathering that has certain advantages. For example, setting a date can prevent unexpected visits at random times. This gives the mother time and space to recover from the birth and bond with her baby.
In addition, newborns do not have a well-developed immunity. It is logical to keep the little one away from frequent visits. Besides, when arranging a party after the baby is big enough, the risk of infection is lower.
When to Plan a Sip and See Party?
If you wish to throw a sip and see party, you can start organizing in advance, but it is better to wait after birth to fix a date. If the mom recently gave birth, first of all, you want to ensure she feels ready to receive guests – this can take a few weeks to a few months after the birth.
Who Should Organize the Event?
These celebrations are usually held at the parents’ home and are organized by them, but a close friend or family member can also plan them. The location of the gathering depends on what is best for the new mom.
If the baby’s mother takes care of the arrangement, it is recommended to set up a unique space, for example, in the living room or on the terrace. If necessary, she can ask a friend or family member to coordinate. In addition, celebrations have a relatively short duration – about an hour or two to avoid inconvenience for the child’s parents.
Should You Bring Gifts When You Are Invited to the Sip and See Party?
Are you uncomfortable going empty-handed? This is a great occasion to bring a gift. If you know the gender and name of the little one, you can easily personalize it. A baby book, a photo album, a teething ring with the baby’s initials, a gift basket full of baby cosmetics, a monogrammed blanket, or a gift for a new mom.
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