The Art of Celebrating
Text by David Monn
A state dinner at the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebrations—every lucky guest knows that there is no party like a David Monn party. Using scent, sound, sight, touch, and taste, Monn designs events to be “shared, lived, and felt” by everyone there. Monn’s three favorite words—authenticity, scale, and detail—inform every chapter of his book, following him from classic New York nights to events around the world and back again to the most private rites of passage, including entertaining at home. How to do this yourself? It means considering your home as not just rooms, but instead as “a living environment,” and not thinking of a birthday as a party, but rather “a milestone of accomplishment and growth.” Here, Monn draws from his personal archive of 20,000 event photographs to reveal the unique beauty of each event.
“There’s no party like a David Monn party–but now your event can emulate the master’s, thanks to this luxe volume of entertaining inspiration. . . . Let the celebration begin!”
— Traditional Home
“After more than a dozen years in the business, the elite party planner and former interior designer is releasing a new book. The tome offers decor and etiquette tips along with more than 200 photographs. . . . Now all that festive creativity can enliven your next soiree. . . or at least your coffee table.”
— New York Post
About the author
David Monn was born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. He worked as an interior designer and in the fine jewelry industry before launching his event-planning company. His clients include social leaders from around the world as well as a Who’s Who of brands and institutions. He is frequently invited to lecture at arts and horticultural organizations. He is a contributing editor to Departures magazine and has been featured in numerous luxury and lifestyle publications. He directed and produced two theatrical event productions for the Park Avenue Armory, In the Void and Masquerade. He has served on numerous philanthropic boards, including Arts Connection, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as on planning committees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the New York Public Library. He has been recognized for his devotion to animals by the Animal Medical Center. He lives in Manhattan.
Imprint: Vendome Press
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Trim Size: 9 5⁄8 x 13 3⁄8 inches
Page Count: 360
Illustrations: Over 275 color illustrations
Rights: North America