A Sip and See Baby Shower

 Welcome Aboard, Mate! Sail with me to this Sip and “Sea” shower I hosted for a friend who just had her second baby. The theme was Nautical to reflect the nursery and there are lots of details to “sea” so keep reading for more.

  • All the glass plates had a different nautical map underneath.
  • The favors were my version of the “message in a bottle” concept.
  • Water glasses held nautical alphabet flags, each representing the first initial of a guest’s name.
  • I used baby toys throughout, that mom could take with her. Bath toys like a boat and fish were tucked into flower arrangements and floating in vases filled with blue tinted water(see dessert table). Stuffed whale, dolphin, and shark were placed here and there.
  • Served at the drink station was an “Ocean Breeze” cocktail, and Jones blue colored berry lemonade.
  • Also available were “lifesavers” candies.
  • The stemware held drink charms fashioned from nautical themed buttons.
  • To hang above the bar as a focal point, I used a message board and applied several different nautical maps in a mosaic form, then just tucked in a few photos of the new baby and family.

  • More details {above} of the nautical flags; water bottle; party decor; and “Islander” cheeseball served in a boat.
  • You can also find our lunch menu and recipes here.
  •  The dessert table was a hit with monogrammed cookies, cupcakes with blue icing and tiny nautical flags, and blueberry parfaits served in baby food jars.
  •  The guests were greeted at the front door with a welcome message on a lifesaver; baby Nathan; party decor; the DIY invitation.


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Oh my goodness! I just did a "sip and see" post today and I KNEW I had seen this sailor themed sip and see shower before, but last night when I was putting the post together, I could not think of where! Now I know. :) I'm going to add a link to you on my post…hope that is ok. :)

    LOVE the party!!!

  2. Susan Crabtree says:

    Love all your details! You did an amazing job!

  3. Visions Events says:

    Love the color blue use, different theme use. Great job!!

  4. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says:

    The theme and details are great!!

  5. This is great! I love the coordinating drinks and all the little details.

  6. It's GORGEOUS!!!

  7. Elizabeth Howard says:

    This is amazing work as always! Absolutely love every little detail of it. I am sure that your client was very pleased!

  8. Love it! So many wonderful details! I love it when the shower theme matches the nursery decor. It helps me in picking out a gift. Fun and unique shower!

  9. kara's parties says:

    love, love, love, love!!!

  10. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty says:

    Another fabulous party!!

  11. b.a.s.h.ful custom event kits says:

    this is adorable! awesome!

  12. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    I loves it! It never fails, as usual great party!

  13. Ms. Jasmine says:

    I love all the details. The map on the plates,flags.. You set sail with this sip and sea.

  14. Enchanted Expectations says:

    I love all the details. I love that color blue and your desserts look amazing.

  15. [email protected] says:

    Wow, the details at this shower are fantastic! Amazing job!

  16. Donna @ Party Wishes says:

    Super cute! Love the favors and the parfaits look so yummy!

  17. Beautiful job Chris. We'll be sharing this with our readers today!

  18. I love the invitation!

  19. Great Job! Love all the creative new uses for the apothocary jars! I have been collecting a lot of them too, and it is nice to see i can use them for more than just candy! :) Thanks for the post. Luv ur blog.

  20. Oh my gosh, this shower looks amazing! One of the most creative boy themes I have seen. The mommy-to-be must have be so thrilled with her shower.

  21. Patty Bourg says:

    Where did you find the nautical maps and how did you place them under the plates?

    • Hi Patty, the maps are just various patterns of scrapbook paper. You can find it at most any craft store. All I did was trace & cut the circle to the size of the plate base, then set the plate on top of it. No need to adhere it really.


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