Midsummer Night’s Dream Girl

Jenny McCarthy gets in shape to host the first Vegas version of Playboy’s biggest party

More than 15 years after being named Playmate of the Year, Jenny McCarthy has yet to ditch her Playboy past. “I don’t think it ever will,” she says. “I’m really proud of it.”

She hasn’t had the “mommy used to take her clothes off and let people take pictures of her” talk with her 8-year-old son, but she’s actually looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to have that conversation one day, but I’m really not going to make a big deal about it,” she says. “I think a lot of girls look a lot more undressed and sultry in FHM or Maxim than they do sometimes in Playboy now. I think the brand is pretty respected in terms of what people think of it now, so hopefully my son will understand what Mommy did.”

The 37-year-old also remains centerfold-worthy, despite what she calls “baby damage.”

“I work really, really, really hard to stay in shape, but, you know, there’s no such thing as perfect,” she says.

McCarthy will still dress appropriately when she hosts a Playboy-themed party at the Palms on Aug. 14.

“Why not be part of it still?” she figures. “Let’s face it: I’m 37, I’m not going to be able to wear lingerie much longer at these parties.”

The blond bombshell has attended more than a dozen Midsummer Night’s Dream events at the Playboy Mansion, but this will be her first time at a Las Vegas version of Hugh Hefner’s most popular party.

“It’s one of Hef’s best parties,” she says. “It is legendary.”

Following in the footsteps of the 2009 “Pirate’s Guilty Pleasure”-themed party, this year’s version has adopted a “Gods and Goddesses” format. Still, the hostess plans forgo a toga in favor of sexy lingerie—and she is doing lots of yoga to prepare.

“I’m trying to find the healthy side of Vegas,” she says. “I’ll get healthy, and then I’ll blow it out that night.”

McCarthy is renting a house here while her home in L.A. is being renovated.

“I needed a place to move for a month so I figured, why not go to Vegas?” she says. “I love it here, and it’s affordable.”

McCarthy’s son is autistic, and she has been a leading advocate of that cause. Her Midsummer Night’s Dream party will help support her autism organization of choice, Generation Rescue.

The recently single former Singled Out host has given her team of donation-collectors simple yet important instructions: “Look hot, and wear as little as possible.” The army of scantily clad collections officers will gather donations throughout the evening.

Meanwhile, McCarthy has a message for prospective philanthropists: “If you’re going to make a donation, if you’re pullin’ out your credit card, get in my cabana. Absolutely, come and hang with me.”

McCarthy hopes the party will blend sexually charged fun with fundraising.

“It’s not only just about having a good time and trying to get as many Playmates to fly in from Los Angeles for it,” she says, “It’s also about taking some money from some high-rollers and putting it to a good cause—besides strippers later on that evening.”