Milkaholic Sip & See

I’ve been dying to share this event with you for months!  It debuted yesterday on Hostess with the Mostess (yay!) and I’m thrilled to share some additional images and details with you today.  My husband and I hosted a co-ed baby shower for our friends, Ted and Meredith, in honor of their newly adopted son, Colin.  Ted and Meredith anxiously waited for Colin’s birth and we were all thrilled when he officially became their son.  We were honored to welcome Baby Colin with this modern Milkaholic Sip & See baby shower.

‘Milkaholic’ just seemed fitting for a Sip & See considering how much time a newborn spends eating!  That meant baby bottles, milk and cow print.  Yes, cow print!  (I was slightly nervous about the cow print but it stepped up nicely into this mature and modern role).  The color scheme was black and white with pops of turquoise.   Swiss dots and stripes were used throughout to add a fresh and modern feel.

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower
I designed the invitation and let it set the tone for the party decor.  Sleek and modern yet baby themed was the intent.  The Milkaholic baby bottle became a logo that was used throughout the party.   The back of the invite featured cow print and a turquoise “I ♥ MILK’ stripe that matched custom address labels from Minted.

 Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower
With this being a co-ed event, we wanted to keep the decor more modern and less traditional ‘baby’.  To create a unique backdrop for the dessert table, I painted a canvas to match the party invite.  Black and white patterned bunting was hung along the wall above the painting.   Mini bottles were filled with milk and given sleek milk labels.  The bottles were stacked in tall vases on ice and also mixed into the tub of adult beverages.  The theme even permeated the coffee station with mini milk bottles serving up the cream and sugar.  The Milkaholic logo was updated to include the baby’s name and then framed for additional decoration.  White hydrangeas were arranged in tall cylinder vases tied with black satin ribbon.

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

 Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

We wanted to provide an array of miniature desserts so that  guests could sample several different items.  Delicious sweets from Caramel  Swirls were served including their Little Treasures (milk caramel and shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate – yum!), Cafe Caramel Cookies and Espresso Brownies.  Adorable custom sugar cookies were created by The Cookie Jar to match the theme.  Sweeties by Kim created chocolate-covered Oreos to match as well.  Of course, I designed the cake!  Additional desserts included meringue cookies, white chocolate pretzels, cream puffs and cheesecake shots.  Cold milk shots were served to wash it all down (along with some adult beverages and coffee).

So many delicious treats! And with the boys around… we made a serious dent in this dessert table!

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

Activities for a co-ed baby event can be tricky.   Not wanting the male guests to feel awkward, I opted for non-organized activities that would still be fun and entertaining.  Guests were encouraged to write humorous thoughts onto diapers to provide Ted and Meredith a little chuckle later on.  The Diaper Thoughts station gave the men an avenue to showcase their best and most clever diaper humor!  A Well  Wishes station encouraged guests to write something sentimental on keepsake cards which were then placed into a glass bubble bowl. Of course, the main activity was oohing and awing over the guest of honor, Baby Colin!

 Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower
Guests were given a small box filled with ‘Kisses from Colin’. Hershey Kisses with patterned labels inside a white box wrapped with coordinating paper and tags.

 Milkaholic Sip & See Baby Shower

Everyone had a lovely time meeting Baby Colin and indulging in some sweets.  We could not be more thrilled for Ted and Meredith and were honored to welcome their son Colin into this world!

A very special thank you to all of the amazing vendors involved in this modern Milkaholic Sip & See!

Vendors & Credits:
Party Styling & Decor: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
Invitation & Paper Goods: Half Baked on Etsy
Address Labels: Minted
Decorated Sugar Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweeties by Kim
Caramel Desserts & Espresso Brownies: Caramel Swirls
Cake: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
Painted Canvas:  Original by Carrie Sellman.  Duplicates now available for purchase at djDecor.
Milk Bottles: DIY found HERE

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


  1. 7

    Carrie says

    How much is the milkaholic sign if you still have it. I am throwing a sip n see and love this idea!


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    Ashley says

    SO many details and they all come together so well! I love the little cookies on the straws, and the cow layer of the cake!!! Very cute!

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    Meredith says

    Couldn’t have asked for a more fabulous way to introduce Colin. We were totally blown away. Thank you again!

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    So cute! Love the details and so refreshing to see such a unique theme! Great job and congrats on HWTM feature!

    Where did you get your milk bottles?

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments! The response to this shower has been amazing! Thank you!

    I couldn’t find any milk bottles that worked so I created some of my own. You’d be surprised… they weren’t hard to do! Maybe I should do a tutorial post with a free download for the labels. Would you all be interested?

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    Barbie says

    You are even more amazing now that I know you made those bottles!! Fabulous details and yes, I would love a tutorial.

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Thanks for the glass bottle source Gina!

    I should probably clarify that I didn’t physically ‘make’ the bottles! Glass blowing is not one of my skills – ha! The bottles are actually recycled (i.e. – free) and I created the labels to make them match the theme.

    I will try to put together a tutorial post soon. :)

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    TMM says

    The milk bottles are adorable, can you give any insight as to where you got them ? You mentioned they were recycled? can you revael your source?

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Rhonda – I am currently working to make the invitation and party collection available for purchase (via a third party…). I will post an update as soon as it is available!! Thanks so much for your interest! :)

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Jackie – I used a mix of size 2 and 3 diapers but there was no rhyme or reason for it! lol! That’s just what I happened to have on hand from my own daughter’s diaper supply. ; )

    It truly was such a fun activity! Hope you enjoy!

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Erica – I requested this color combination as a custom order from Minted. The turquoise on the invitations will coordinate with their turquoise from the ‘turquoise and lime’ skinny wrap. Hope that helps!

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Karen – no adult milk drinks… but that would have been a good idea! Just beer and wine. We did have a big metal tub for the beer and I mixed in a few of the milk bottles for fun. : )

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    Joanna says

    This is adorable! My sister is having a baby in June so I’m going to throw her this shower in May. It works out perfectly because our family is in the dairy business, as is her husband…so we really LOVE milk! It’s literally our way of life! I have one question about the milk shots? How did you keep them cold? Great job on everything…I absolutely adore it!

  14. 47

    Carrie Sellman says

    Thanks Joanna! You can help keep your milk shots cold longer by chilling the glasses ahead of time. While they won’t stay cold for a long time, this does help some.

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Edda – I shared my recipe for the classic cheesecake shooters {here} on Hostess With the Mostess.

    To make the oreo version, just swap out the crushed graham crackers with crushed oreos. Enjoy!

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    Oh this party is absolutely adorable. I love all of it…hard to say what is the favourite part. The colour scheme is sensational and the little treats look divine. This is a one of a kind party :-)


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