Brooke Shields and friends come together for an exotic baby banquet

By People Staff
Updated March 27, 2006 12:00 PM

With a name already picked out (hello, Grier!) and plenty of hand-me-downs from 2-year-old daughter Rowan stocked away, Brooke Shields had only one mandate for her March 11 baby shower: “I wanted a lovely dinner and to include my male friends,” says Shields, 40, who will welcome her second child with husband Chris Henchy, 42, in a little over a month.

At the Moroccan-themed party, hosted by actor Steven Weber and his wife, Juliette Hohnen, at their L.A. home, guests including Ben Stiller sipped mint martinis and ate beef skewers and couscous before giving speeches and writing well wishes. “Brooke was simply glowing all evening,” says her friend, event planner Jo Gartin, who organized the fete. Another reason the mom-to-be was all smiles: “This pregnancy has been a lot easier,” says Shields, who did not need the IVF treatments required to conceive Rowan. “And nothing is going to shock me anymore. I am more prepared.”

Though, she admits, not everyone is ready for the new addition. “I said to Rowan, ‘The baby is going to live in our house.’ There was a long pause, then she looked at me and said, ‘She is going to live in my house?'” recalls Shields with a laugh. “But she’s been helping me decorate the room. It’s been sweet. I’m glad she’ll have a sibling.”