Celebrations: Scoop and See (Baby Shower)

Celebrations: Scoop and See (Baby Shower)

While I was pondering writing this post, it suddenly struck me…are Sip ‘N’ Sees a southern thing?  like Homecoming mums? having a house party in a wedding?  If they are, let me explain for those above the Mason-Dixon line.  Sip ‘N’ Sees are typically given for someone who has already had a baby (this is their second/third child, etc.), and entail the gathering of women to “sip” beverages, eat yummy food, and “see” the precious new baby of their friend.

People often ask me “how I come up with things” or remark on my creativity, and I can honestly say I am super inspired by my friends.  I am very blessed to be surrounded by people who are so gifted artistically. Needless to say, we have tons of fun exercising our imaginations when planning a party.

One of our friends recently had a sweet baby boy, and we wanted to celebrate!  Since the event would be held in Texas during the hot month of June, my friend Emily came up with the idea of a “Scoop & See”.  We sent out the beautiful invitations from Kelly Kay Paper and got to work.  Note: Check out Kelly Kay Paper’s website here for beautiful stationery and invitations that are like works of art! 


Our food plan for the Scoop ‘N’ See was a sundae bar, root beer floats, fruit cones, and cupcakes.  It wasn’t too difficult to make things look nice since we were in a dear friend’s gorgeous newly renovated 1920’s home.

Little details make a party special.   Linen napkins holding silverware were rolled and tied with ribbon.

Would you believe these cupcakes are from Central Market?  If you have never tried their cupcakes before, they are very yummy and best of all, affordable!  They are $3.99 for a half dozen, and if you call in your order ahead of time, they will tint the icing for you for free.  To give them a custom homemade look, we added the cute polka dot cupcake wrappers found here.

The sundae bar was a delicious candy land.  To keep the ice cream cold, we had a cooler underneath the table filled with ice to hold the tubs.  The table held waffle bowls from the Marble Slab Creamery and a myriad of sweet toppings.  You can see the crystal bowls we used to hold everyone’s creations.  Do you spy the fruit cones?

This was the root beer float/beverage table.  We ended up using tall shot glasses from World Market to make them petite since we had so much other food.  The blue and white straws added a sophisticated touch. Figuring out how to keep the ice cream from melting too much was a bit of a quandary, but we finally decided to put the ice cream in the shot glasses, freeze them, bring a few out at a time, and then add the root beer.  It worked great!

And of course, it looks adorable, too.


One of my favorite elements of the shower were the party favors.  We purchased these little scoops from World Market, loaded them with colorful candy, wrapped them tightly in cellophane (we used a discreet glue dot to secure the cellophane at the back of the scoop), and placed a little note on top.  The result was really sweet.

Several milk glass vases, filled with stunning blue hydrangeas, wrapped in a bit of netting, graced the tables.

Best of all, we had special friends celebrating a special baby boy.  And yes, that is the Mommy holding the baby!  Doesn’t she look great?!

PS – Tune in this week for an easy personalized baby gift idea!

  • Julianne
    Posted at 11:37h, 06 August

    Thanks for posting the shower with all of the details! I was sad to miss but heard all about it from Emily. Everyone did a great job!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 13:44h, 06 August

      We missed you, Julianne! It was a really lovely event.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 13:15h, 06 August

    Beautiful photos from a fabulous event!! Thanks for mentioning Kelly Kay Paper; I hope party planners everywhere will continue to understand the importance of a great invitation. 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 13:45h, 06 August

      Oh Kelly Kay, I am so glad you saw this! I hated to blur the information on your lovely invite, but I had to for obvious reasons. I think the beauty of the paper still shines through! And I TOTALLY agree – the invitation is so important, it sets the stage for a fantastic party. Thanks so much for your response.

  • Julianne
    Posted at 16:57h, 06 August

    I love the picture of all of my beautiful friends at the end too 🙂

  • ally
    Posted at 23:29h, 07 August

    adorable. classy. and oh my, the root beer float shooters. well done!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:37h, 08 August

      Oh thanks, Ally! So glad you enjoyed it! It was a fun event.

  • mommy chic
    Posted at 19:43h, 20 August

    My mom wanted to do a Sip-and-See but couldn’t wait, so threw me a shower instead. (Pics here , not nearly as good as your pictures!) We had a sundae bar too and it was a hit in this heat. She found these cute little tubs, like the ones you used for root beer, to put the ice cream. Wish I had better pictures, but was too busy eating! I’m sure she’ll end up throwing a Sip-and-See too.

    Your soiree is so lovely! I love the jelly bean scoops and fruit cups in waffle cones. The root beer floats in shot glasses is so cute, especially with the straws. I have an event coming up and doing a candy bar for favors. I may incorporate the shot glass floats as part of the goodies! Central Market has great cupcakes and flowers. There’s also this place on Lancaster (I think?) that has DELICIOUS cakes. They do free tasting parties once a month and I keep meaning to sample all the flavors! Your kids would love it!

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