updated 05/21/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/21/2008 AT 12:00 PM ET
The pop star, 26, first got down to some important business: Spending time with her sons, Jayden, 1, and Preston, 2, who came to Spears’s Studio City home for a visit early Tuesday.
That evening, Spears joined pal George Maloof, who owns the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, for dessert at the West Hollywood Italian eatery Il Sole. Though the singer tried for a low-key entrance through the back of the restaurant, she was caught in the glare of paparazzi flashes.
Still, a smiling Spears, dressed a long strapless sundress, appeared to be in a good mood while sharing dessert, listening to her friend and chatting.
– Lisa Ingrassia and Pernilla Cedenheim