USMagazine, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 4:40pm (PST)
Good friends, fun games, amazing food. Shiri Appleby's baby shower, hosted by five of her closest girlfriends, had all the hallmarks of a great party. The only thing missing: the opening of presents. In keeping with her desire not to find out the baby-to-be's sex, the gorgeous Girls and Chicago Fire actress decided to hold off on unwrapping the gifts until after the event.
About 50 of Appleby's female friends, including The Mentalist's Robin Tunney, who co-hosted the affair, descended on her fiance Jon Shook's famed L.A. eatery, Animal, on Jan. 27 to toast their first-ever child, due in early March. Guests admired adorable black and white photos, charmingly strung up on a wall, of the two as a couple and as kids. They also played classic shower games like estimating the circumference of the pregnant star's belly and guessing the flavors in the different jars of baby food.
The biggest highlight? The grown-up food, of course! Guests noshed on kale salad with apples, fried chicken with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese, mini carrot cupcakes, and chocolate mousse. At the end of the party, friends took home the coffee-table book Fashion Now (Taschen).
The 34-year-old star, dressed in a chic maxi dress, presumably opened the many presents at home with Shook. The two have grown even closer since the pregnancy. "When you see this guy going to all the doctor's appointments with you and you tell him you're feeling a certain way and two minutes later he's looked it up on the Internet to tell you that it's normal, you realize that you're really starting a family with somebody," she told Us Weekly, "and it’s just — there's no way to look at that person and not be more in love."