A southern tradition that is making it way north is the sip and see. New parents host a sip and see to allow their friends and family to come and meet their new addition shortly after the baby has arrived home. The new parents provide light refreshments. Essentially, it is an ex post facto baby shower, without the gift. However, having a sip and see is not just for celebrating the arrival of new babies. Throw a sip and see for that new addition on your house, to introduce a visiting relative to your friends, or to celebrate an engagement.
From finger sandwiches and punch to caviar and champagne, the sip and see can be as formal as your taste dictates.