Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sip & See

Elizabeth Duncan Events & The Observatory, Featured on Style Me Pretty
I haven't tried the baby-making thing for myself, but I have several friends with little ones on the way. I'd imagine that the first few days with a newborn are exhausting and wonderful, but a constant stream of visitors just gets in the way of  new baby bonding. I love this idea of a "Sip & See" to introduce a new baby to all of your friends after you've had a few days to recover and develop your own routines as a family (plus, parties are fun!).

The party pictured above was coordinated by Elizabeth Duncan Events and featured on Style Me Pretty. If you're ready to host a little shindig to show off your new love, remember to:

Pick a Theme/Decor:
  • Since the party pictured above was for a baby girl, pink, hearts, ruffles, and flowers were a must. I think a pink tulle ballerina theme would also be adorable. 
  • If your little one is of the male persuasion, check out this post for some more masculine inspiration. I love the idea of adding formal touches like champagne and baby-sized bow ties to an informal affair.
  • Fresh flowers will brighten up the space, but there's no need to go overboard. Place a few small arrangements throughout your home (if that's where you're hosting). I love bouquets of pink peonies or blue hydrangeas- both blooms are bulky so you don't need too many of them to make beautiful arrangements.

Serve Snacks:
The purpose of this party is for everyone to meet the newest addition to your family, not for you to host a full-blown dinner party! Choose snacks and drinks that are easy to prep and go with your theme. Here are a few ideas:
  • Make it a tea party and serve coffee and tea in vintage tea cups. Serve up cucumber sandwiches, small scones, and other bite-size confections. 
  • Have a grown-up milk and cookies bar. Tempt your guests with a variety of cookies, brownies, and bars. Serve them with milk, chocolate milk, and a few "adult" drinks like Kahlua & cream or salted caramel milkshakes with a bourbon float. 
  • Make it manly (think bow ties and beer) and serve craft beers, pretzels, and other salty snacks like potato chips. This option is casual and super easy to prepare, which will give you more time to focus on decor and that new baby!

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