<p><span></span><strong>Jessica Simpson</strong> has a lot to be thankful for this year. So on Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving, Jessica and her fiancé, Eric Johnson, brought their parents and close friends together for a celebratory evening at Coppola's Italian restaurant in NYC, and <em>Life & Style</em> has all the details.<br />
Toasting the couple's Nov. 11 engagement with white wine, Jessica quickly charmed her future in-laws with stories of lost earrings and how Eric played doctor while she had the flu. "She and Eric were very loving -- hugging, kissing and whispering in each other's ears," an eyewitness tells Life & Style. "She also showed off her engagement ring. She even took it off at one point and handed it to Eric's parents to look at." Jessica and the group dined on a feast of grilled eggplant with marinara sauce, short ribs with homemade pappardelle, lobster with rigatoni in lobster sauce, homemade meatballs and sausage.
Though Jess has denied baby rumors, she's already thinking about a newborn in the near future, saying, "I definitely see myself having a family with Eric, so that's exciting to think about!" And her mother, Tina Simpson, is just as ecstatic about the prospect of more grandkids. "Obviously I'm looking forward to having more grandkids!" Tina, grandma to daughter Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's son, Bronx, told Life & Style after dinner. "Bronx is the love of my life." And whether a boy or girl, she'll be thrilled. "I'll take anything I get," Tina said. "I'm not picky!"
The couple began dating only six short months ago, so it's no surprise that their engagement may be even shorter. An insider tells Life & Style that the bride-to-be will be walking down the aisle very soon. "It won't be before Christmas, but it'll definitely be before spring," reveals the insider. "January or February at the latest. They don't want to waste any time."
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