Vanessa Simmons Celebrates Baby Shower with Family and Friends

01/23/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

It was a family affair on Saturday at the Sugar Factory in L.A., as Vanessa Simmons and boyfriend Mike Wayans welcomed their respective broods and close friends to their intimate baby shower designed by Cairo’s Custom Events.

Guests including Simmons’s father Rev. Run, step-mom Justine and sister Angela, as well as Mike’s dad and brother — Damon and Damon Jr. — and uncle Marlon were greeted by a sign that read: “Rub a dub dub, a new little girl to love.”

Other attendees included Tyrese and his daughter Shayla and mom-of-three Ali Landry.

The couple, who are expecting a girl next month, treated everyone to a special menu — featuring yummy bites of sourdough grilled cheese fingers served atop roasted tomato soup shooters — that was created by Citron Catering. Mommy mock-tails and Zing Vodka cocktails were also served as refreshments.

Vanessa Simmons Mike Wayans Baby ShowerAmy Graves/Wireimage

“This was such a joyous event for Mike and I and our families.” Vanessa told Essence. “The room was filled with so much love and laughter all in honor our lil angel.”

Simmons (and her baby!) had such a good time, she almost went into early labor. “I was so overwhelmed with excitement that I actually started having contractions at the end of the shower. Luckily, it was just false labor. My little girl has quite a sense of humor already.”

To see more photos from Simmons and Wayans’s beautiful baby shower, go to

Vanessa Simmons Mike Wayans Baby ShowerAmy Graves/Wireimage

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Sara on

Vanessa looks gorgeous. And having a girl! Very exciting!

Anonymous on

I wonder why Vanessa’s other siblings weren’t there? The shower was clearly co-ed (so I’d assume her brothers were invited) and kid friendly (her sister Miley is seven).

Anyway, Vanessa looks great!

Anonymous on

Okay, on second thought, ignore what I just said. The article said “guests INCLUDING”, and obviously just because the rest of Vanessa’s family not being in the pictures doesn’t mean they weren’t there! I am an idiot!

Gabrielle on

Wow, she looks absolutely beautiful!! Best of luck to you and your new family!

Tina on

I wish her a healthy, happy baby. Was Vanessa’s own mother not there? I don’t know if she’s even close to her mother.

Momof four beauties on

She looks beautiful!! If anybody knows where that dress came from, please share!!!! I’m planning on getting pregnant soon & would love to wear that!!:~)

JP on

I really like this family!! I loved their show Runs House. It was awesome! Congrats, Vanessa.. Many continued blessings for you and your family.

grannyM on

theme and decorations are so cute..Love it.

Anthro lover on

Momof four beauties, it looks like a very popular dress from Anthropologie.

heather on

Her dad looks thrilled.

mg on

Congrats to Vanessa and i love that family 🙂

shieroc on

I wish she would kept acting she’s so beautiful and was a good actress.

styxchick on

I didn’t know that Justine wasn’t the bio. mom due to the fact that ALL the kids call her mom.

Plus, if Vanessa has nothing to do with her bio. mom, to put down that step mom Justine was there was rude.

Tricia on

OMG! I didn’t know that wasn’t her bio mom. Nevertheless, they are both beautiful and I also love the dress. Run has one of the faces that looks the same no matter what. I’m sure he is happy for her.

Brandi on

So happy for her!! She looks radiant and I LOVE her dress!! I also think it’s great that she waited a little later in life to have kids 🙂 I had my daughter right after I turned 30 as well and though some people rudely acted as if you were over the hill if you didn’t have kids by the age of 25, lol, it was perfect for my hubby and I and I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂 Congrats and best wishes to her ♡

Shasta on

I’m saddened that she DIDNT go the morally correct route of marriage FIRST considering her father is Rev Run. I LOVE the Simmons family dynamic… Congrats & many blessings!