A Go, Dog! Go!-themed birthday party

After celebrating our daughter's first birthday a A Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed party, we kept it pretty simple this year — just a few tots and their parents, some light fare, and a couple of simple activities. Plus, I was nine months pregnant and just didn't have the energy to go too crazy. I liked using a book theme last year, so we went with another book. This year, it was Go, Dog. Go!, one of Penny's favorites.

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A secular baby welcoming ceremony jampacked with love and sweets

We left the day feeling very much like we did after leaving our wedding. We tend not to do things in the "traditional" ways, and often get a lot of funny looks from people when we describe what we have in mind. With Margot's ceremony, and our wedding before it, we got some push back from people who thought what we had planned was weird, or just… had lots of questions like "um, what the heck is a welcome ceremony?" So, we feel especially pleased when those same people come up to us to say "That was so lovely!" or "This was the nicest wedding/baby ceremony I have ever been to!"