We’re continuing to celebrate mamas-to-be this month with our extensive baby shower planning guides. We’ve seen showers in celebration of older siblings, as well as one that brought some nostalgia to the table. This week, we fete the mama and newborn who were not ready to be the centers of attention before the birth with a sip-and-see shower.

Whether it is cultural superstition or a woman who has faced miscarriage or troubled pregnancies in the past, the sip-and-see shower celebrates the new family by welcoming relatives and friends with an opportunity to meet the newborn for the first time. Typically held a month or two after the baby is born, we’re structuring this party as an open house to celebrate the entire new family – mother, father, and baby – because at this point, dad is likely changing his share of diapers and helping with feedings and the like. While some guests may bring a present, many will have already sent one upon the lil one’s arrival.

The shower should be held at a friend or family member’s home in order to keep germs and mess out of the baby’s house. Because this is an open house, the guest list does not need to be quite as limited as it would be for a sit-down meal, but it is wise to make it adult only. Stay tuned for all the details — from decor to food to downloadable party games — in upcoming posts this week. In the meantime, we've designed two adorable invites that won’t alienate male invitees for the shower. To check them out, or print them out for free,

We've created special Sip-and-See shower invites, which you can download and print from your computer for free. This invite is just one of the baby shower designs we've created exclusively for pingg! Pingg allows you to email invites to a guest list or print and mail, and send reminders via SMS, online, Facebook, Twitter, and more! Just want this one? You can get a PDF download of this invite here.

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