After you welcome your little bundle of joy into the world it is only natural to want to share the adorable new addition with all of your friends and family. But, caring for a new born and also playing hostess to daily visitors can be a bit overwhelming, not to mention exhausting. So how do you show off baby and greet all guests with an energetic smile? 

Host a "Sip and See" party. A Sip and See baby shower is a casual, "open house style" event that allows friends and family to drop by to meet the baby, mingle with the rest of the family and snack and sip on scrumptious food and drink. The Sip and See is also a great alternative for adoptive parents or for those couples that are superstitious and don't like the idea of celebrating a birth before it happens. This shower is typically held 2-6 weeks after the baby arrives and although it is an open house style event, invitations should set a 3-4 hour time frame for guests to visit to keep things manageable.

Hosting the party later in the afternoon will allow you to serve tasty appetizers and avoid serving a full meal. Veggie platters, finger sandwiches and chip with dip combos are perfect snacking items. Catering is always an option that will also make hosting duties a bit easier on a new mom. Delicious drinks are a must, remember it is in fact a Sip and See, and although these showers are traditionally presented as tea parties, you can also create a more contemporary style event.

For the more modern Moms, mix things up by calling it a "Welcoming" party and serve fresh lemonade, flavored iced teas and refreshing cocktails such as mimosas, or bellinis. Choose a few focal points in your home to decorate with shower decorations that match your color scheme and theme. You will also want to keep baby germ free by setting up a washing station so that guests can clean up before saying hello.

To entertain those that bring their children, consider hiring a balloon twister or face painter. Hiring an acoustic guitarist to perform and provide background music would also add a nice touch to the party as people mingle and snack. Have an area set up with notecards so guests can write a note to baby or congratulate the family. You could also book a photographer to take pictures of baby with all of your guests. Combining the notecards and photos would make for a great keepsake scrapbook.

The Sip and See can be modified to fit many different party themes so you can plan an event that suits your tastes. And what we like about this party idea is that unlike traditional showers, you can host a Sip and See for baby number 1 or 5!

Have you hosted or attended a Sip and See Shower?  What do you think of this party trend?  Let us know in the comments section.