Jessica Simpson just about managed to slip into a blue snakeskin dress as the heavily pregnant 31 year-old attended a baby shower in her honor. Simpson was joined by over 50 close friends including stars Jessica Alba, Ellen Pompeo and sister Ashlee Simpson. Last year almost descended into farce with the former pop star seeming to have ideas slightly above her station by allegedly looking for a magazine deal for her pregnancy announcement, despite the fact experts were reckoning that she was probably around six months gone at the time.

However it's all out in the open now and a source told Us Weekly "It was a kid friendly shower with many of her friends bringing babies," continuing that "Jessica [Alba] brought her baby Haven, 7 months, and Ashlee brought Bronx, 3." As for the mum-to-be herself? "She received tons of gifts mostly wrapped in pink gift wrap and boxes. There were several books, stuffed toys and clothes among other items." Sounds lovely.

Previously, Simpson had appeared on the front of Elle Magazine in an echo of Demi Moore's famous Vanity Fair shoot when she was heavily pregnant. During the interview with the magazine she'd admitted that she hoped her new daughter would take after her and not sports star other half NFL's Eric Johnson. "Ah swear, ah will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!" she'd laughed, "Eric is so athletic. We're gonna have this ath-a-letic girl and I won't even be able to take her shopping."