The shower theme was Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar. I found an idea online through Pinterest to use cupcakes to create the caterpillar. I had a test run a few weeks ago, and was able to tweak a few things to make it better for the shower.
Here's a picture of the full set-up. I tweaked the approach by adding some chocolate features as well as putting Jaxson's name in chocolate on the cupcakes.
I had the idea to freehand Jaxson's name in chocolate to stand up on cupcakes. I melted chocolate and poured it into icing bags with tips. It wasn't too difficult to create, but the letters were a little thin. I quickly saw that the letters were going to melt, so I ended up letting them just melt into the icing. It actually ended up working well. The feet were also created by using the melted chocolate. I decided to freeze these pieces until the start of the shower, which worked a lot better.
For the face I used a round cake pan. I couldn't find any red icing, so I used red food coloring to create the color. I had a can of vanilla icing, but was failed to notice until I opened it that it was actually tinted pink! It actually worked out great, though, because even the pink took a lot of food coloring to create the red shade. I created the features of the face (eyes, mouth, antennae) out of chocolate.
After creating all the pieces I just had to arrange it to make the caterpillar. I used a few extra cupcakes with white icing and green sprinkles to represent grass. The chocolate feet seemed to be a great hit with the kids!
I had a great time making the cupcakes and was happy to get to share them with our friends and family at the shower!