The season has come! Homes are bustling, fires are a’blaze, children are on their best behavior…, and you’re down to the final hour, tying up all the loose ends before the man in the red suit arrives on his sleigh. Well, prepare to swoon, and melt the hearts of your loved ones with these easy and swoon-worthy DIY tips and holiday hits, inspired by Monica Botkier’s CFDA | Tumblr holiday party at her Brooklyn brownstone, co-hosted by the beautiful and talented, Athena Calderone, of Eye Swoon. Gang’s all here! A huge thank you to Steven Kolb of the CFDA, Valentine Uhovski of Tumblr, and Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon, for making it all possible!

The evening highlighted far-from-traditional holiday table-top décor by Athena – good enough to eat, with fresh pomegranate and citrus, and succulent holiday hues in line with Botkier’s Holiday13 palette. Guests buzzed over the cheeky, homemade place settings and poinsettia centerpiece alternatives (likely found right in the convenience of your backyard!).


And, what would a holiday party be without a room filled with Botkier handbags, romantic candlelight, the warmth of a wood burning fire…and festive cocktails paired with a plethora of cheese, meat, and fruit? Guests sipped Boktier beverage favorites: Valdo Prosecco with rosemary and citrus as well as refreshing Vita Cocoover ice. Perhaps the most swoon-worthy of all was the catering provided by the hottest chefs in the hood, “The Ladies’ of BigLITTLE Get Together.

So, feast your eyes, get inspired, pat yourself on the back for all your hard work this year, and relax. All in that order. This is your day too! Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday, x

*Photography by Brian Azara