I love the tradition of baby showers. I love celebrating a brand-new life and shoring up the parents-to-be with loads of support and a few of the little things they'll need to see themselves through.
Nevertheless, I've had mixed feelings about second-baby showers - for myself, anyway. We have a lot of baby stuff left over from Alice, after all, and the people closest to us have already been so generous.
But when our sweet friends very graciously offered to host a shower in honor of our new little one, it was hard to resist. And I started to think that a new baby, whether it's a first or a fifth, is a better excuse for a party than almost any other one I can think of. It was also a really fun way to involve Alice in the excitement (our baby showers include men and kiddos).
We had the most fantastic time.
Our friends chose an Eric Carle theme, which I thought was just perfect, with lots of bright colors and happy images. (I think it would make a great theme for a child's birthday party too!) I'm not doing the party justice here, but I thought I'd share some of the charming details. For even more inspiration, the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library has a wide selection of Eric Carle books.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake pops were killing me. Here's a closer look:
Can you stand it?
But wait. There were also favor bags:
There is a caterpillar hole through the center of that cookie. We are a hugely lucky family.