baby shower.

my sweet friends julie and hannah (aren’t they so cute?!) threw baby davis a little party last week. of course these girls went above and beyond and everything was darling. this baby is already so spoiled. :)
because josh and i are keeping baby stuff to a minimum (i swear you don’t need half the “stuff” they say you do…) and also because we haven’t found out the sex, we did a book theme to start building our little library of children books to read to our sweet little one.
it was nice to have a bunch of wonderful friends around for a morning and talk about all things baby! thanks to all who came! and thank you julie and hannah for your awesomeness… baby and i felt so special!
  1. Brit

    that's so true, then you have nowhere to put all of the stuff you used once. A library shower is so cute!

  2. good gosh, i hope when i am pregnant someday i look as good as you!

  3. What a spread… sounds like a great baby shower, you look amazing, like always.
    I love the idea of a library shower, GREAT idea :)

  4. Michele

    Such an adorable theme! You look gorgeous as well as your sweet friends. The donughts on that table totally took away my attention though….yummmmmness!

  5. what a wonderful idea for a shower! love the invitation too.

  6. love the book idea so much!

  7. so cute. i love the little blackboard sign there!

  8. Kristen

    What a perfectly perfect idea!

  9. holtkamp

    what a great idea! best wishes naomi!

  10. Maddy

    awesome! love the decorations and all the yummy looking food! Reading to kids is so important, this is a beyond amazing idea for a shower. Congrats!!

  11. Linka

    so sweet! A library is a great idea! You can never have too many books!

  12. what a great idea! and that buffet and decor is so dreamy!

  13. SO adorable, what a cute idea.

    I can't help but love the mini bunting!

  14. mama

    so far (i have two children), i have found that all you really need is a). boobies, b). a cloth swaddler with velcro closures to wrap the babe up tight (the secret to everything) and c). a warm daddy so you can eat and take showers.

    and the donuts were the first thing to catch my eye.

  15. @mama, YES! i love that you posted that! i wholeheartedly agree! well, and maybe one or two rockstar baby outfits for fun! ;)

  16. love love the idea of giving books as gifts

  17. Rach

    It's sooooo true that you don't need half the stuff 'they' say! Whoever 'they' are, anyway! I swear my daughter doesn't feel deprived in any way! :) hahah! Love the library idea!

  18. that is such a sweet idea, and the food looks amazing! love your blog for always bringing the cuteness. xo

  19. Mich

    Sweet! I love the build a library idea!! Also – is that your apartment?? Cuz you NEED to give us a tour!! it looks super cute

  20. Rachael

    I love the book theme!! Such a great idea!! Reading to kids is such fun :)
    Glad you had an awesome shower!!

  21. this is the cutest baby shower ever!!! as a teacher i will definitely be having a large library for my kids too. love love it!

  22. nicole

    Aww, so cute. I love the bunting & the "library" idea is a great one, too. xo.

  23. Aya

    Such a cute baby shower!

  24. You make me want to be pregnant! There I said it.

  25. MellyB

    Is that a giant pile of Krispy Kreme on the counter?? Perfect!

    What an awesome shower idea. Books are so important. It's the one thing we started collecting years before we had a babe. I can't wait tell my little one wants to listen to the stories rather than eat the pages.

  26. Janssen

    You are so beautiful! I can't believe you are just minutes away from having this baby.

  27. That is a wonderful idea! Love it. What cute friends indeed. It's so nice to have people like that in your life!

  28. Brittany

    Such a good idea! I agree that you don't need all the stuff they say you'll need. However, I think I would have died (and I'd still be dying) without bouncy seats. Those things entertain my girls like nothing else and give their mother a much needed break. So, if you're going to get even one 'baby item' my vote is that. :)

  29. So cute! Looks like it was a fun shower! :)

  30. Alivia

    Oh, beautiful! I hope I am blessed with a beautiful baby shower like this when I start having little ones!

  31. Fenke

    aww how sweet! i would go even further and say you don't need 80% percent of what they say you need. we also try to keep everything as simple as possible. but books are always great!

  32. Such a beautiful party! The food (especially donuts) and all the pretty things are greatly to my liking!

    Did your friend paint her home herself with the design? Yesterday I was looking at Caitlin Wilson's design blog (before our power went out for 7 hours!) and she did a DIY for something really similar and I LOVED it!

  33. ps: I am constantly checking your blog every morning in hopes of seeing a new little rockstar! I don't know about you, but the wait is just a wee bit of torture! :)

  34. Jessica

    I too check our blog constantly throughout the day and twitter to see if you've got your little bundle yet!

    Such a cute idea!

  35. Looks like so much fun! Congratulations! <3

  36. What awesome and fun friends. You had such a cute baby shower. I have always loved the idea of the book themed baby showers.

  37. You look SO adorable in that bottom photo. Can't wait to see baby Davis! xo

  38. Tara

    I love the idea of building baby's library… so sweet!

  39. @Mich, it's my friend julie's apartment. isn't it darling? she did a great job decorating.


  40. SUPER CUTE! oh, and it's so true. you need SO LITTLE with a child… especially the first year. after that? leave it to the grandparents! they buy enough gifts for the babe… you're off the hook until kindergarten (at least that's what i'm banking on!:)

  41. savy

    I love baby book showers! So fun!

  42. Lauren

    What a delish looking spread! Yay for babies!

  43. Laura

    the book theme's a lovely idea!

  44. geri e.

    THE BEST baby shower theme/invites/favors I have ever seen! you've got yourself some awesome pals….

  45. SarahAnn

    What a cutsey shower–and the best idea. We've been building a library for our little one too. Friends who throw great parties are such a blessing! :)

  46. that's so sweet! i love that quote :)

  47. Shelly

    That is a GREAT idea! Baby library? Genius! Can't wait to hear the big news once it happens! :)

  48. Haley K

    Oh that idea to build your babe's library is brilliant! You should share with us a few of the favorite books you received :) Glad you had a such a lovely time at your shower! And loved the hand-written invites, too cute

  49. Rachel

    That is the best idea for a baby shower that I have ever heard! I am definitely remembering that for when I finally start to have my own babies. I love childrens' books and it is always fun to get recommendations from people.

  50. Lainey

    Aww, Hannah! She and I went to high school together in Monrovia, when she still lived in California. That's so super sweet of her to throw you a baby shower. But it doesn't surprise me in the slightest, since Hannah was always amazingly sweet. I can't wait to hear if it's a boy or girl. I just voted. :)

  51. You are RADIANT.

    Our friends threw us a book shower too. Someone printed out book plates for us with the baby's name, and then everyone signed the books they gave us. I'm SO GLAD–I'll always remember who I can thank in my mind when I'm reading to him at night. Such a wonderful way to welcome a new kiddo!

  52. i couldn't agree more…baby won't need much more than food, a warm bed and you! i love your baby shower theme. my favorite things to buy our soon-to-be-born baby are books too. and that invitation is adorable!

  53. you have darling friends who are so creatively lovely! aw! i maaay shed a tear or two when you finally have your precious babe. i'm just so excited for you two!
    x anna

  54. Awh! How cute! My sister did a library thing too. With every present the baby was brought, there was a book dedicated to him. The person who gave the gift wrote him a little message to remember them by.
    I love showers(:

  55. nadia

    What a great idea! I love it!

    So excited for you and your little family! Wishing you the best always :)

    xo Nadia

  56. how cute! i am needing ideas for adorable showers since all of my friends are about to have babies!

  57. janis

    ahhh! incredible décor, theme & goodies! you're so blessed!


  58. kim

    Great Idea!

  59. ambiesch

    I am so in love with your site! I have already spended two houres on your blog, while I needed to learn for my exams…. aaah! Love it :)

    I would love to see a picture when the little davis is born…

  60. Becky

    This is such a good idea, much better than getting a million items of clothing which will only fit for a few weeks!

  61. 2busy

    What a great theme for the shower! I'll have to remember that if I ever throw one…

  62. I can't think of a better gift to want for your child than a wonderful book. I've noticed that library baby showers have become a bit of a trend recently and I'm so thrilled. I have a feeling this new generation of kiddos are going to be quite the little readers at early ages. Now, perhaps this is a silly question, but how do you prevent multiple people from gifting the same book? Did you send around a list?

    One other thing–I completely agree with you about little ones not really needing tons of stuff. Remember the Namibian child in the documentary Babies? She was just as happy as could be with whatever object she found around her. Just imagine how great her imagination was as she got older…

  63. what an amazing theme! and the execution was impeccable. how wonderful all around.

  64. Love it – what a sweet idea!

  65. Allison

    Such a cute idea! My husband and I are pretty far from the point in our lives where we want to start a family, but the #1 thing I'm looking forward to about having a child is reading them all my old favorites. Well, that and decorating their rooms. :P

  66. @like a cat, yes! i remember in that documentary Babies just how happy and content a baby could be with a tin can and stick! it seriously makes such sense. and leaves so much room for the imagination. i know it's different with dogs, but i've learned with kingsley he's much happier with an empty plastic water bottle (and will play with it for hours) over any expensive dog toy i might have purchased him over the past year. it just makes sense.

    also, i was fortunately only double gifted one book, and there was a gift receipt for it so i can exchange it. :)


  67. stefanie

    What a great idea for a baby shower. You have the best friends!

  68. that is SUCH a neat idea. I love it!
    I may have to do that for one of my friends.

  69. Maria

    This is such an adorable idea!

  70. Ashley

    that is SOOO adorable!!! the announcements, treats, you! it's all to cute! yay baby davis!

  71. Tiff

    I had a baby shower this last weekend too! I didn't have a book theme but ended up getting 16 books anyway. I found that the trick to getting books is inviting a lot of teachers…plus they know all good ones :)

  72. rachel

    Um, those donuts look OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD right now.

    Your photos have gotten really good lately, too! Nice job, and good luck with getting through these last few days.


  73. Miss B.

    job well done baby shower planners!

  74. Fantastic!! Love it all to bits!! :)

    xoxo Jenny

  75. Sasha

    That is the sweetest idea ever! My sister and I found all of our children's books in a box while going through our storage space this past Christmas break. We sat down and read every one. It was really special. So save those books! :)

  76. you are so special! can't wait for this sweet one to come!! and i have been thinking so much about simplifing and keeping things minimal too! i have been trying to think of a good way to tell family/friends we don't need tons of STUFF (thanks, but no thanks!) and i think not finding out the sex is a great way to keep from getting millions of little baby pinks toys and blankets!

  77. Becky H.

    A book shower is an awesome idea! You have the beautiful mom-to-be glow in all of your pictures! Love that! And I completely agree, so many expectant moms go crazy with baby stuff when there really is no need for tons of gizmos and gadgets. Great thinkin'!

  78. Helen

    oh that is such a sweet idea! Books are always such good baby presents :)

  79. What a great idea for a baby shower theme! I truly believe in getting your children reading. before my first daughter was born my wife and I ran to the book store and purchased our favorite children's book:

    My wife got "The Giving Tree"

    I got "The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh"

    I am now reading the books with our second daughter!

    I offer a Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower Invitation for the reason that our customers wanted to offer book themed baby showers.

    Reading starts with the parents!

  80. Ann

    as i teacher and parent, i think that is a fantabulous idea! how sweet!

    we have a christmas tradition of buying each of our children a book that represents them and their interests each year, with them having a book collection by 18 years old. it's very fun to search for just the right book, esp. now that they are 16, 13, and 11!

  81. What a gorgeous, sweet shower. Books make great gifts! (And I may or may not have just decided to go get donuts for breakfast tomorrow because of the large mound of donuts in the pictures.)

  82. I love the theme of the baby shower. I agree with your comment about the necessity of the baby stuff. They grow up SO fast! And as a teacher it is awesome to see parents that know how important reading to their children is.

  83. Ashley

    what a CUTE shower idea!!!

  84. I love this! Such a good idea. So what were the awesome books you got? Any classics?

    PS Where did your friend get the awesome pic of the dapper cardinal? So adorable!

  85. Felicity

    What a wonderful way to welcome a child into the world.
    Little baby Davis is truly blessed to have such thoughtful parents and friends.

    In Australia, one of our favourite children's authors is Mem Fox. She is a wonderful advocate for reading aloud to your child and has written lots on the benefits – here's a little snippet…

    You might like to look at for her books too as they are wonderfully musical in their text and the illustrations are just gorgeous,

    x Felicity

  86. Hope

    Aw how cute! That is such a fabulous idea. :)

  87. Chaucee

    Aw what great friends! They really did a great job with all the details.

  88. Lisa

    I love the theme and the decor! What a great idea, requesting books for a library instead of "stuff!" You guys have such wonderful friends!

  89. Rhianne

    ohhh I'm just so excited for you still :) a book theme is the best idea ever!

  90. We had a book party for our son's 1st, you can definitely have too many toys but not too many books! We read to him at just 3 or 4 weeks and haven't stopped. He now demands that we read 6 or 7 books before bed every night and hes just 15 mos old. Such a good thing to do!

  91. Aw it looks lovely! Great theme, too :)

  92. Berlyn

    I love that quote on the bookmark! It's absolutely true. With all the other mindless entertainment kids can find, it's so important to teach them to love reading!

  93. Johanna

    Whoa, look at those delicious snacks! The baby shower looks fantastic. I love the library idea.

  94. jlc

    I love how down to earth and NON materialistic you guys are… way to keep it real for a young couple just starting out. This baby is SO blessed already just to have the two of you!!!