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{Clever & Modern} “MILKaholic” Sip & See

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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!

Vendor Credit
By |2018-02-12T18:10:18+00:00June 21st, 2011|Baby Boy, Baby Showers, Sweets|

About the Author:

JESSICA WILCOX of Modern Moments admits to being kept awake by new creative ideas. Friends are amazed that she no sooner has a great idea for a new product than it appears on her website – beautiful and ready for customers!

This artistic, high-energy entrepreneur with a degree in business discovered her flair for design as she settled into domestic life in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and first son six years ago. Since then, she’s had two more adorable boys and has begun two flourishing design-related businesses, one for custom home décor and one for print goods and party supplies.

Her flair for party details is the reason she is now developing a third business. A lover of “all things cupcake,” Jessica not only creates unique party décor but loves to cook savory snacks and bake sweet treats that creatively express the event’s theme. Lucky family members get to enjoy her design and culinary creations on a regular basis, and she’s now ready to share her party planning brilliance with the world. Watch for it!


  1. Rebecca @This Nest is Best June 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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

  2. Laurel G June 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

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

  3. katrina June 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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

  4. Kori Clark June 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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

  5. Tracey June 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This is seriously awesome!

  6. Denise June 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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

  7. Chris @ Celebrations At Home June 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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

  8. Marisol June 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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

  9. [email protected]+gray June 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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

  10. Jolyn @ DIY Party Designs June 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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

  11. Stacey - Total City Girl June 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    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!

  12. MonogrammedEverything! June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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

  13. ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES June 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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

  14. Carrie @ Half Baked June 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    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

  15. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. June 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    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!

  16. Gwynn {Gwynn Wasson Designs} June 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Stunning!! LOVE the color palette and the clean modern lines!!

  17. Lorna June 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Where can I find those small old fashioned milk bottles?

  18. Meredith June 22, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Another big thanks to Carrie for such a wonderful party! We couldn’t have asked for a better way to introduce Colin to our friends. (:

  19. Partygirl June 22, 2011 at 7:19 am

    What an eye catching theme. Absolutely gorgeous and one of my very favorite color combinations!

  20. Flourish and Fancy June 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Wow. This is really a wonderfully unique idea for a baby showers that’s grown up and still cute. I love it!

  21. TDDERR74185 June 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I simply LOVE this theme!!! Makes me wish my baby was a summer baby instead of a January baby.

  22. Marita June 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is too cute!

  23. Lexi June 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

    This seriously is clever + cute! Love everything about this. Great job Carrie!

  24. Mindy June 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

    dah! love it! so modern, yet still cute!

  25. Nancy Pfeifer June 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    WOW! WOW!!! I can’t stand the cuteness!!! AMAZING details!!! Congratulations! It’s in awesome party! ~Nancy~

  26. Sarah {A Paper Proposal} June 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

    LOVE this!!! Such an adorable concept and very well executed! :)

  27. Jessica @ Pen N' Paperflowers June 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Carrie!!!! Unbelievably creative. I ADORE the theme and every single detail. I’m in love with the humorous diaper activity – SO very clever!!! The sweets were perfection and your cake was to die for! There’s not a detail I don’t love!!! So darling!!!

  28. HACB June 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    So many fabulous details. My favorite has to be the little cookie on the milk shot straw. Perfection!

  29. Sandra June 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    That is sooo cute, very unique theme.

  30. Susan W. June 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    oh so mooo! Love this idea…very cute, delicious and yummy!

  31. Ashley June 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Love the attention to detail with this party!! So cute!

  32. Kendall June 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

    LOVE this so much!! Now, thinking of who I could use this for!?

  33. Samantha June 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

    @Lorna…I think those are the Starbucks Frappicino bottles. The lids might have been painted

  34. Carrie @ Half Baked June 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

    For those of you interested in the milk bottles….

    We have the instructions and FREE PRINTABLE file for the labels on Half Baked today! Sorry for the delay… hope you enjoy!


  35. [email protected] 1 Events & Designs July 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Love it! …outstanding work. I love seeing creative masterminds go to WORK!

  36. t-one July 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

    hi there! Is there a way we can get free printables of the labels used in this party? I super LOVE this theme – its so neat, clean and totally unexpected. Its so uncommon yet totally chic! Please help to offer free printables of the tags or labels used etc…thanks so much!!!

    • jenn s. July 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

      It actually says that this collection is “Coming Soon” in the sidebar of Carrie’s blog. Maybe try contacting her to see when it will be available and if it’s possible to purchase them earlier if you need them sooner. Here’s the contact link :)

  37. Autumn July 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I Love this theme idea! It’s fresh and clean and something I’ve never seen done before. The diaper thoughts is such a great idea!

  38. Frances July 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Such a clever theme!

  39. Nikki Brown July 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    OMG, total cuteness!! This makes me wish I had a baby to celebrate!!

  40. Janine @ Alternative Housewife July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Love that this one was for an adopted little! I may do a milk theme for my son’s first birthday, but with a boob instead of a bottle! I’ll keep the cows though. :)

  41. Joanna August 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    i have to say this is the coolest new baby party ever. i love it, and as im cow mad would be me all over, i love it

  42. nicole August 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find milk bottles like that??

  43. Scarlet Olivia August 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Bow Wow! This pawsitively amazing!

  44. Tanaya August 7, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I plan on using this beautiful idea for my best friends shower! Is the canvas avaliable? If so does it come in more sizes?

  45. Tina August 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    This was awesome! Question though about the milk bottles with the black lids…where did you find them? They almost look like frappaccino bottles.

    • jenn s. August 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

      Hi Tina – That’s exactly what they are! :) Just remove the labels and you have the perfect size “milk bottles” at a reasonable price. I usually buy them in bulk at Costco or Walmart to save on cost even further.

    • Tina August 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Did you paint the caps black?

  46. Marlene Jackson August 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    This the one of the cutest baby shower theme!! Where do purchase the milk bottles with the lid? Thank you so much!


  47. momof2 August 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    love everything about this! where can I find those milk bottles??

  48. sue Laabs September 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    where did you purchase the adorable milk bottles?? I love all of your ideas……where can I get the templates, etc??

  49. Desiree October 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Everything is beautiful!!!!! I am looking for those little glass milk bottles. Where did you find them?

  50. jenn s. October 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Sue & Desiree –
    The milk bottles are actually repurposed Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (which you can get at the grocery store, Costco, Walmart, or Target). Carrie also painted the lids black :)

  51. jess November 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

    amazing shower! where did you get the glass bottles with black tops?

  52. Carrie @ Half Baked November 9, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Thank you for all of the amazingly sweet comments on this shower! I’m very excited to announce that you can now purchase the invitation and matching paper goods!! AND the painting! Here’s the links:

    MILKaholic Printable Party Collection: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecakeblog
    MILKaholic Custom Painted Canvas: http://www.etsy.com/shop/djdecor

  53. Delilah Gonzales November 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    So what kind of gifts are the guest to bring to Milkaholic?

  54. Amanda March 3, 2012 at 5:14 am

    wow. just wow. there are so many amazing things here. it much have taken forever! Love it!

  55. jamillah keith April 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    love i love it love i>>>>i plan to use some ideas for my cousin in law babyshower in june

  56. Mary June 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Love alll of the details! I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind posting free printable hershey kiss labels in the designs used? PLEASE!


  57. Erica August 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. linda allard September 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    please tell me I can order this now. I need the pink with the cow for all decorations as indicated on web page

  59. tammyhammock October 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Wow what great ideas for baby shower.. I Stumbled this post to my friends and wrote a review. I must say this is the best idea yet for baby showers. Great Job

  60. Monica R. February 8, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Holy cow!! You are a very talented lady! Best.theme.EVER!

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