Tisha Campbell and Leah Remini
Gina Lee Photography
07/21/2009 at 12:00 PM EDT
Celebrating their baby-on-the-way – a boy – Tisha Campbell-Martin and husband Duane Martin were joined by celebrity friends for a French Cirque du Bebe
-themed shower, held Saturday afternoon in California.
Hosted by family friend Jayneoni Moore, the bash drew pals Samuel L. Jackson, Leah Remini, Cedric the Entertainer, Holly Robinson Peete, Eriq La Salle, Niecy Nash and Pauletta Washington.
Styling by Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess
transformed the lavish location into a whimsical wonderland complete with mod elephant vases, monkey statues, zebra-print tablecloths, sparkly crystals and giant ostrich feather "trees" comprised of more than 200 electric blue and golden yellow feathers.
"I was so surprised by everything and how extraordinary the party was," said the Rita Rocks
star, 40. "I am such a control freak and usually plan my parties, but this was the most beautiful – from the people, to the decor, to the food."
Martin’s creative, French-inspired menu was catered by The Party Goddess
and included an opulent cheese display overflowing with olive pâtés, le petite beef sliders topped with triple cream brie and homemade sweet potato fries dusted with Cajun spices.
Guests sipped on specialty drinks that included a "French Martin-tini, "Toast to Tisha" and fresh blueberry lemonade with mint leaves, – from bartenders in masks reminiscent of Mardi Gras – while sweet tooths were satisfied with Heavenly Cupcakes' 5-tier tower displaying over 200 gourmet treats.
Due in early fall with a baby brother for son Xen, who turns 8 next month, Martin was ecstatic about her Peanut Shell
"Everyone enjoyed themselves," said Martin. "It felt more like a family reunion than anything else, which was just the best!"