21 Jun

{Clever & Modern} “MILKaholic” Sip & See

Milk Bottles and Dessert Table

Got Milk? Now all you need to do is add the baby! We are totally addicted to this ultra creative MILKaholic” Sip & See Baby Shower by Carrie Sellman of Half Baked. Using an array of patterns like swiss dots and cow print, plus a basic black and white palette accented with pops of bright turquoise, this non-traditional and oh-so-modern baby shower came to life!

What do babies love the most? Milk, of course. So making milk the main focus – well… aside from the new baby! – was so obvious, but at the same time absolutely brilliant.

Milk Shooters and Cake

Every detail was perfect… from the clean, modern style to the amazing cake (created by the hostess herself!), the super cute Starbucks-style milk bottles, the cute assortment of cookies, all of the incredible paper details… and let’s not forget about the incredible hand painted canvas to match. This has got to be one of my favorite babies showers yet!

Milk and Cookies

Read on for more addictive “milkaholic” photos + party details. . . .

Milkaholic Sign and Cookies

Dessert Table, Straws, Flowers

Dessert and Party Favors

Cake and Desserts


Dessert Table

Decor, Favor, Diaper Thoughts

Coffee & Milk

Thank you Cards and Dessert Table

Cookies, Shooter, and Favor

Milk and Cookies

Beer and Milk


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Carrie

“My husband and I recently hosted an event 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 Milkaholic Sip & See.

I’ve had this theme in the back of my mind for several years now.  ‘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!  The color scheme was black and white with pops of turquoise.  Polka-dot, stripes and cow print patterns were used throughout to add a fresh and modern feel.

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 .

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.

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).

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.  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!

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.  
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!


– Party Styling & Decor: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
Invitation & Paper Goods: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked
– 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
– Paper Baby Bottles: Tracy Mason
Painted Canvas: Carrie Sellman of Half Baked (this is available for purchase, if anyone is interested!)

Leave a Comment


Rebecca @This Nest is Best SAYS:

Oh my word! This theme is unbelievably adorable and unique! How lovely!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Laurel G SAYS:

OH MY GOSH!!! This has got to be the cutest party ever! So many great details!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

katrina SAYS:

This is such a well put together party!!! Look @ you with a logo and theme running throughout properly! It looks great :)

Reply June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Kori Clark SAYS:

I am adoring every single detail of this!!! The theme is so perfect and I live Carrie’s designs! Great party!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tracey SAYS:

This is seriously awesome!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Denise SAYS:

How can I find the price of the canvas…love it!!?

Reply June 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Chris @ Celebrations At Home SAYS:

Carrie, this party is brilliant! I love the black and white, and the milk bottles, and all the other details!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Marisol SAYS:

One of my favorite features I have seen on here! Absolutely Fab!!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

[email protected]+gray SAYS:

Love the creativity of this theme! The colors, the paperie, the design…wish I could’ve been there :)

Reply June 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Jolyn @ DIY Party Designs SAYS:

Color scheme is amazing…love the whole theme! Beautiful work!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Stacey - Total City Girl SAYS:

I love the modern clean feel to this party. All of the details were great and the little splash of turquoise really put it over the top!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

MonogrammedEverything! SAYS:

This is gorgeous!! Simple, clean and just fabulous!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm


All the details… oh my. Gorgeous. Love the last pic of the milk bottle among the beer.

Reply June 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Carrie @ Half Baked SAYS:

Thanks so much for featuring this event and for all of the kind comments! I had the pleasure to work with some very talented vendors to create this display.

Denise – feel free to email me and we can chat about the canvas! carrie{at}thecakeblog{dot}com

Reply June 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. SAYS:

Oh my goodness this is seriously one of the cutest baby themes I have ever seen! Carrie you did an amazing job with every single detail, it is absolute perfection. I love the turquoise accent color for the black and white! I knew you were an amazing cake designer but had no idea you were so talented in designing printed pieces as well. The hand painted canvas is the perfect focal point for the dessert table. The milk bottles and cow print/dotted cake are my favorite part!

Reply June 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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