USMagazine, Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 4:30pm (PST)
Holly Madison is prepping for baby the best way she knows how: With family, friends, and good food abound! The Peepshow performer and 30 of her closest pals celebrated her baby-to-be at a Las Vegas shower that featured "Holly-go-lightly" themed ice cream shakes and candy necklaces but no "corny games" on Saturday, Feb. 2.
"They're all the same!" the expectant mother-to-be told Us Weekly of opting not to have any games at her fun fete. "It's the same games every time. It feels like a 5-year-old's birthday party! We had a really great time. It was more of a fun social event."
The "modern baby shower," sponsored by luxury baby and children's cosmetics brand Le bebe Coo, featured a pink and black-bowed layer cake and fun cocktail drinks (virgin for Madison, of course!).
"It was really festive and well done and the food was amazing," Madison told Us of the shower. "It was really fun, just all of us sitting down and relaxing, having lunch, gossiping and having a good time."
Another tradition she chose to forgo? Allowing only women to attend. Madison opted to host a "co-ed shower" to accommodate all her best pals. "It was girls and guys, [because] I have a lot of guy friends and we have a lot of friends who are couples, so I really wanted a co-ed shower," she said.
The former Playboy Playmate received gifts from her guests, including an adorable pair of customized crystal-encrusted baby shoes and a pink velvet tutu onesie from celebrity designer Linda Stokes.
"I asked people to bring things that we could donate to Baby2Baby," Madison said of gifts at her shower, "so a lot of people brought really generous donations -- all kinds of baby supplies and things like that. Those were just such sweet gifts!"
And there were grown-up presents for Madison and her guests as well. The first-time mom received a black patent leather "mommy bag" from Le bebe Coo, chock full of the line's paraben-free skin-care products. And her pals each received a goodie bag filled to the brim with high-end products from the brand.
Madison, 33, is due to have her baby girl with boyfriend Pasquale Rotella in less than a month, on March 5, but the excited soon-to-be mom said she's "ready to go" at a moment's notice.
"I think since this is my first pregnancy, going through it, the anticipation can kind of be the worst part," she explained to Us. "You're reading up on all the different side effects of pregnancy and the crazy things that could possibly happen and you’re just waiting to see 'will this happen to me?'"
"And I had a couple of bad days but really, I've been blessed and had a good pregnancy," she continued. "I am in the home stretch and I'm like, 'Okay, this has actually been a really great experience and surprisingly easy' and now I'm feeling better than ever the last few weeks. I'm super excited!"