Martha Stewart, Simon Doonan spend a lovely evening toasting the “Art of Celebrating”: PHOTOS

David with choir (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
David with choir (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)

Party planner to the stars, David Monn, found himself the subject of a party for once at a glamorous cocktail party thrown in his honor at the New York Public Library on Monday night. Over 600 guests gathered to celebrate Monn’s new book called, appropriately, “The Art of Celebrating.”

Alice Tisch, Martha Stewart (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Alice Tisch, Martha Stewart (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)

The evening was an emotional one for Monn, who had staged his very first event in New York in the library. In his speech, he thanked the late Bill Cunningham, who he said helped launch his career by running one of his events in the Sunday pages of the Times.

As expected, Monday’s event was expertly planned and guests enjoyed food catered by Sonnier and Castle under a canopy of lights woven into 16 potted trees. After Monn gave his speech, vocalist Lisa Fischer and jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut serenaded the crowd from the candlelit staircase.

Bjorn Wallander, Linda Fargo, Eliza Reed Bolen, Alex Bolen (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Bjorn Wallander, Linda Fargo, Eliza Reed Bolen, Alex Bolen (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)

LLNYC cover star Martha Stewart was spotted at the event, snapping photos on her iPhone of all the food options (perhaps taking inspiration for her next dinner party). Other notable guests included Gayfryd Steinberg, Louise Grunwald, Nina Griscom, Linda Fargo, Pattie Harris, Caryn Zucker, Ray Kelly, Alex Papachristidis, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Rachel Hovnanian, Priscilla Ratazzi, Daryl Roth, Victoria Hagan, Carol Mack, Maria Bartirimo, Ellen & Bill Taubman, Robert Zimmerman, Michael Boodro, Jennifer Creel, Simon Doonan, Jamie Tisch, Josie & Ken Natori, Richard David Story, Cece Cord, Jamee & Peter Gregory, and many members of the Tisch family including Lizzie, Alice & Tom, Jamie, Meryl, and Andrew & Ann.

(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Cece Cord, David Monn (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Cece Cord, David Monn (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Cynthia Frank, Caryn Zucker (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Cynthia Frank, Caryn Zucker (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
David Monn, Louise Grunwald (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
David Monn, Louise Grunwald (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Jamee and Peter Gregory (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Jamee and Peter Gregory (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Helen Shifter, Jennifer Creel, Dori Cooperman (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Helen Shifter, Jennifer Creel, Dori Cooperman (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Harry Slotkin, Mary Hilliard (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
Harry Slotkin, Mary Hilliard (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
Gigi Grimstad (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Gigi Grimstad (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Gayle King, Angela Vallot (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
Gayle King, Angela Vallot (photo credit: Patrick McMullan)
(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
(photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Jamie Tisch (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Jamie Tisch (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Linda Fargo, Bjorn Wallander (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Linda Fargo, Bjorn Wallander (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Lizzie Tisch (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Lizzie Tisch (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Margaret Russell, Brian Sawyer (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Margaret Russell, Brian Sawyer (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
MIchael Boodro, Harriet Weintraub (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
MIchael Boodro, Harriet Weintraub (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Michael Shnayerson, Gayfryd Steinberg (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Michael Shnayerson, Gayfryd Steinberg (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Ray and Vanessa Kelly (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Ray and Vanessa Kelly (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Simon Doonan (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)
Simon Doonan (photo credit: Christos Katsiaouni)