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Translation Tuesday: Sip and See

January 24, 2012

Time for another Translation Tuesday! Last week my group of college friends got some very exciting news! Gail, who is pregnant with her first child and due in May, just found out she is having a baby GIRL!  She is the first from the college crew to have children, so we are all aflutter with the fact that there will be baby in the group to love. Being the event planner that I am, I have been planning her baby shower in my head for years… if it was a boy it was going to be Irish themed, if a girl beach themed. So, since we now know the gender, I am up to my ears in planning a New England/ Cape Cod beach themed baby shower to happen in April. But it will have a Southern spin J  Don’t worry, there will be pictures!

As I have been planning this shower, a conversation I had with a friend several years ago came to my mind. A group of friends had been planning a camping trip to the beach, and my friend Katie wasn’t going to be able to join us…. She had to drive over to Georgia to go to a Sip and See. Since I had never heard of this concept before, I started asking all sorts of questions. Apparently, in the South, a Sip and See is a gathering AFTER the baby is born, where friends gather to sip tea (house wine of the South) and see the new baby. Thus, the sip and see. The fact that they even have a name for this boggles my mind. But we do. What I don’t know is if a friend plans the sip and see or do people just descend upon the new parents’ home? If anyone knows the proper etiquette answer, let me know so I can start planning J

And there you have it, the sip and see. Sip tea and see the baby!

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