How to Throw a Garden Sip and See
Last week I wrote about the one baby shower game you need for a garden party. If you missed it, you can check it out here. You might have noticed that I hinted at more to come from my sister’s recent sip and see celebration which was all kinds of garden themed. Today I’m sharing a step by step guide on planning a garden sip and see on a budget. You’ll learn the very steps that I take each time I plan a party or create new designs, and how I stay on budget.
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As always the absolute first step I take when planning any party or design a new package, is the invite. This will set the tone for the entire party. It will also help you get an idea on what time of day you want the party to be. For instance, if you’re having sleepover themed party, you might not want to start it at 9:00 a.m. However, if it’s pancakes you’re after, then morning will probably be better. It will also help you nail down what kind of food you want to serve. Is it a brunch, a lunch, a breakfast, dinner, or just snack time? That can depend on the theme. So find an invite you like and go from there. Purchase the invite digital or printed.
Get a Guest List
The next thing you’re going to need to do is get a guest list. Especially with baby showers and bridal showers, you pretty much need to invite whoever the guest of honor puts on that list. Don’t offer to throw a party for them, then limit their friends and family they can invite. Once you have the guest list you can see how much food you’ll need and therefore how much money you’ll have left over for the other items.
Set the Budget
From there, you’re going to have to set a budget and this can really vary, a LOT! Ask yourself how much you want to spend. Be honest with yourself and find out from the other hosts what they think. Talking money can be tricky and awkward so just allow for people to tell you want they are will to put in and be okay with that. Some people just don’t have the same amount of money and some people just don’t want to spend a certain amount on a party, and that is okay!
Plan the Menu
Once you have a budget total set, then you can plan the menu. Food is going to be expected, even if it’s just snacks. Be sure to decide and find out how much you want to spend on food before you go buying decor, gifts, etc. As soon as you know that, you can start playing with other items, but trust me, you need to get that food sorted first.
Shop the Decor
Now comes my favorite part and my expertise. I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t do any food part of the parties. I don’t cook and I hate planning meals so that is never my job. I like to say I make everything pretty. You can go full on out or just add a few touches with this. I’ve put items below in order of importance by my standards. When I have a budget in mind I essentially start at the top and go as far as I can with my list.
First on my decor list is always a welcome sign. I really believe people want to know for sure when they arrive at the door that they’re in the right place. Which is why I always add a welcome sign. You can find mine in my Etsy shop. Choose how many letters you need to create your own message for any garden party.
The next item on the decor list is functional food decor. By this I mean the plates, cups, napkins, etc. You’re going to have to have these if you’re serving food of any kind (and you are). You can find the plates and napkins on Zazzle.
Once you have the functional food decor taken care of, it’s time to let your guests know what they’re eating and drinking. People like to know what type of dip you’re serving, what sort of drinks there are, etc. Especially today with so many different types of dietary restrictions it’s really best to let people know what’s there, even if it’s obvious. Shop these designs on Etsy as digital or printed signs. Each one can be customized to fit your needs. You can find the frames at the dollar store.
If you’re having a lot of people at your party then I definitely recommend having stickers or tags or something for people to identify their drinks. I made these stickers below with very few supplies (all of which you can find below the photo) and simply had a sign telling people to write their name on the cup. Make your own with the supplies below.
Straws are a bit controversial these days. Yes, I know, the plastic ones are bad for the environment and the paper ones get soggy. However, I happen to like the paper ones and I added a little flower to them to give them a garden theme. You’ll find the supplies to make your own.
The great thing about having a sip and see instead of a baby shower is that you get to actually see the baby. Thus, when planning this party, I wanted to share all the birth details with the guests in a cute way.
Another great thing about the sip and see is you’ll be able to have newborn photos if you plan it right. They make great and super easy decor.
If you’re still looking for fun decor ideas these last few are for you. First, The paper flowers are super easy to make as well as the floral letter. I used an awesome tutorial that I found on You Tube here for the large paper flowers. The strings of little flowers are a bit time-consuming, but with the supplies I’ve listed for you they’re much easier than you might think. I also made easy cupcake toppers with the same supplies, you can shop for those here or check out the supplies to make your own.
Another fun extra is this floral letter that is also super easy to make with just 3 supplies.
Finally, the last fun extra that I did is make little cute sayings for each of the food items. I used tiny garden pots to display them.
Once you’re finished with the decor, it’s time to think about a guest book. This doesn’t have to be extravagant. You can simply make a page for the baby book to have the guests sign. For the garden sip and see I planned, I loved the idea of saying “grow with love” and I made a wooden sign for the baby’s room that everyone could sign. You can find it for sale here.
What’s a party without a game or two? You can read all about the grow with love game I created on last week’s post. You can also find it for sale here. Plus, I also had guests vote whether baby Lily looked like mom or dad. These are both games that people can do throughout the party without having to make everyone sit down and play it, which I love.
Finally, it’s time for goodbyes and thank you. For a garden party I absolutely adore the idea of seed packets for basically any garden themed party. However, for the garden sip and see, I made cute little packet covers that say “tiny seeds grow into beautiful blooms” with a sticker on the back stating “thank you for sprinkling baby Lily with your love.” Shop the packet wraps and sign here. Find the seeds at Home Depot or any home garden store.
If you’re planning garden themed sip and see or baby shower, then be sure to download the free Love and Wishes Card on the Journey Junkies page. If you missed the link to sign up, you can find that here.
Have you ever thrown a Sip and See or a Garden party? What was your favorite part? Tell me about it in the comments, I love new ideas!
Hi, I’m Jamie, and I have two great loves: creating and traveling. I’m a blogger, designer, photographer who would love to help you enjoy life’s special moments or, what I like to call life’s “journeys”. From parties to vacations, I’m here to make them beautiful and easy. I provide the tools you need to plan, celebrate, and remember, without all the hassle. Contact me for custom orders and collaborations. When I’m not creating or traveling, you’ll find me at a yoga studio or with my nose in a book and cat on my lap. Read more about me!