Several readers of the most recent column have requested tips on how to host a Sip & See all their own. So, in response, I contacted Tiffani & Michelle for a few ‘do tells’.
First, compose a list of all of your hometown honies. You can reference:
Reunite with college and/or highschool g.f.’s of whom you lost touch in the midst of getting hitched and/or knocked up,
Reconnect with your post-bac intern network; after all, y’all always knew how to have the best fun while sippin’ wine
Scan your mom’s address book.
Who wouldn’t appreciate a mix of wise one’s to drop golden eggs on the new nesters? They may even bring their daughters, surprise! —your childhood b.f.f. arrives or your arch enemy in a size 2 mini dress and stilletos—but hope for the best, an opportunity to forgive…
Skim your church roster.
For more of those faithful wise women to counter the rueful ones, plus they tend to bring the more practical presents; they’re also the folks you usually see at Christmas time or Watch Night, once a year
Pull together the book club babes.
My all-time favorite religious readers belong to Atlanta’s Master Minds & Martinis, also known as M3
…or some variation of the like.
The savvy hostess knows her role and makes her rounds.
Have three hostesses: one to mingle, one to listen for the door and one, who serves the wine or water, to pretty the platters. Remember, it is a Sip & See. Keep it simple, pick up a split case, half red, half white. You may even play with some bubbly water, really bold, juicy reds and the fruit tray to make a light Sangria Spritzer and satisfy the palates of those with a lower tolerance who relish, yet and still, some light-hearted fun. Balance the wine with healthy rounds of fresh hors d’ vours, cool, refreshing finger fruits and salads. Keep it simple, keep ‘em coming and keep it fresh.
Keep mommy and baby fresh.
The mingling one, usually the most recent mommy, must also take at least one freshen up break with the newbie, to change her nipple diapers and his tushie one. She wants to be sure and keep him well fed and in a fresh diaper. At 10 weeks, he’s built an immunity that can be passed around from eau de toilette to essential oil blend without causing a less than delightful reaction. His precious tiny pampers aren’t as neutral to the nose anymore though. Tiffani not only changed his diaper but, also modeled her handsome honey in a sweet plaid romper midway through the engagement.
Serve dainty desserts, foregoing the dessert tray.
Finally, everyone must have a cupcake. A convenient cupcake carrier with a curvy, dainty handle sufficed so sweetly. Roughly, seven of every ten ladies simply were not bold enough to approach the pedestal of functional art, which staged the designer cakelettes. So, Hostess #3 embraced the handle and took the tier of cupcakes on a tour de tempt~her. There was Chocolate with chocolate icing and a lacy dark & white chocolate topper, creamcheesy-iced Carrot Cake, Red Velvet and Italian Cream, Almond Amaretto and a blue-iced Pink Champagne with respect to baby Demetrios. As Hostess #3 toted the temptations from guest to guest, who but a few ladies keeping “lent promises” could resist.
While it may not be a Saturday morning at one of Atlanta’s finest gyms, nutrition on a stick or a fitness gear-shopping trip to inspire the wreckless weeks to come, you can consider it a Mental Health Day. So, have fun! Who said you had to be pregnant to party at your baby shower, ladies? Sip & See & Party on, Babes!