This weekend I got the chance to meet my new baby cousin (actually I think it’s my cousin-in-law once removed, but who can keep track of those things?). Since we’re out of town, we hadn’t had the opportunity to be there for the showering of gifts before baby E arrived, so the new parents invited us over for tea and sweets.
A distinctly southern tradition, a “sip and see” is a chance, especially for a second or later birth, for friends and family to come and celebrate the newest addition to a family. It’s got all the great southern aspects of a shower — sips and sweets and friends, plus the added bonus of getting to meet the little one.
You can make it as formal — complete with fine china and tea sandwiches — or as casual — lemonade out of mason jars — as you wish. The only requirements are something to sip and someone to see.