Everyone knows that food and drinks at a party can make or break the experience. The same is true for your Sip & See menu. Use either of these simple, edible Sip & See ideas for an exciting and stress-free menu for your event.
Got Milk?: A Sweet Treat Centered Menu
Since "stressed" spelt backwards is "desserts", try a stress-free and dessert-filled menu that mixes in everybody's favorite combination: milk and desserts!
Drinks: Serve a trio of mini milkshakes in shot glasses. Stick with the popular chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry combo or mix in funkier flavors like banana, peanut butter, or even mint chip! If your Sip & See is during the holiday season, try throwing in holiday flavors like peppermint or eggnog and stick a candy cane in as a stirrer. These are sure to be a crowd pleaser and will amplify the milk theme of the menu. If baby is drinking it, we should all follow suit!
Desserts: Desserts mean it's time to relax, so make the whole affair a relaxing one by only serving sweets. Serve personal sized desserts like mini cheesecakes of assorted flavors, brownie lollipops, and bite sized cookies. These will be fun treats that guests can pick at while chatting with friends or watching the new mom open gifts. As the grand finale, have a black and white cake with multiple tiers decorated in a mix of stripes, polka dots, and even cow spots! Chocolate and vanilla are always crowd pleasers, but get as wild as you want.
A Southern Belle's Affair: A Traditional Sip & See Menu
It doesn't get any more traditional at a Sip & See than serving classic southern foods. These simple menu ideas will have everyone talking (with a southern drawl) about your event!
Select a letter in the alphabet. If you already know the new baby's name, begin with the first letter of that name, and moving alphabetically, each player will say one sentence that starts with the next letter of the alphabet. Move down the line, person to person, adding to the story. The sentences should describe your family and build off of one another.
Drinks: Serve a variety of sweet teas in large glass drink dispensers. Add raspberries, strawberries, peaches, or even mint to jazz up a classic sweet tea recipe. Place labels on the front of each dispenser with the kind of sweet tea that is inside so guests will know what they are pouring for themselves. To add an extra touch of southern style, have everyone drink their sweet tea in old mason jars with handles.
Appetizers: Nothing says comfort food quite like macaroni and cheese. Serve mini fried macaroni and cheese balls in cupcake liners as appetizers while people are mingling. They are easy to make, and even easier to eat. All you have to do is make a large amount of macaroni and cheese, scoop some out with a mini ice cream scooper, and coat it in breadcrumbs. Then, pop the tiny treats into decorative cupcake liners and in the oven to bake. Once ready, they will be crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside!
Entrée: No matter how you slice it, fried chicken is a southern treat to be reckoned with. Serve yours on the bone, or for easier fare, use chicken tenders. We suggest that you coat your chicken in buttermilk before breading it in cayenne pepper and flour. The buttermilk creates a thicker crust on the chicken and makes the dish even juicier! Add some wedges of lemon to the side of your platter in case guests want to squeeze some freshness onto their delicious meal.
Plan ahead and have kid-friendly craft supplies handy. Encourage the kids to take their favorite song or story from the day and recreate it as a mobile or drawing that can be used to decorate the new baby's room! This craft can be combined with the family story activity. You can turn your family storybook into an even more memorable keepsake for the new baby by asking the children in attendance to draw pictures to go along with the story.
These baby shower crafts and games for kids not only get the children involved in the party itself but they also help the new siblings to feel involved in the impending arrival of their new baby brother or sister.