Postcard from Diner En Blanc

July 30, 2015 in New York City,Places,Postcards,United States

Diner En Blanc: in the simplest terms, it’s a flash mob dinner party–or at least, that became our easy go-to answer to passerby who asked what exactly was going on when they saw 5,000 people dressed in white and carrying tables, chairs, picnic baskets and fine china.

The pop-up picnic took place on the Hudson River waterfront, with the location kept secret until about 30 minutes before the event opened up. Honestly, it’s not cheap and it takes a lot of pre-planning and it was unbelievably hot outside–but! It ended up being totally worth the hassle: it’s been a while since I’ve had a great night out with a group of girlfriends, and it was so great to just sip drinks and catch up and feel like we were in the middle of this crazy only-in-NYC moment. Fun fact: the yearly tradition dates back to an event 27 years ago in Paris at which organizers invited guests to all wear white so they could be easily spotted in a park!

Diner En Blanc New York City 2015It was my first time doing Diner En Blanc, but I went with a few girlfriends who had done the event in New York City or elsewhere. I feel like we did a lot of things right (and a few wrong), so my biggest tips would be to pack ziploc bags full of ice, wear comfortable shoes, find a lightweight, pop-up table (like a camping table!) and carry everything in a rolling utility cart–spoken from the girl who carried a 30-pound folding table over her head for many, many blocks.

Diner En Blanc New York City 2015

When it comes to food, no need to overthink it–we picked up a salad from Chopt, a baguette, some cheese, raspberries and apple slices and felt like it was enough to “style” our table but wasn’t so much that we broke the bank or broke our backs carrying. Some people go ALL out: the table next to us had floral arrangements to rival the fanciest wedding and a pineapple top purely for show, and there was another group of people who had their whole table professionally catered.

Diner En Blanc New York City 2015

I also FINALLY joined Snapchat (username: cestchristine) and posted my very first snap at the party–stay tuned for more!

Diner En Blanc New York City 2015

I made a fun little video of the night (so did my friend Kate!), and here are a few of my favorite photos. That golden hour light was just too good! Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDiner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015Diner En Blanc New York City 2015

Yay! Thanks to Lindley for being an amazingly organized and cool group leader and to Kate for being such a fun date!

  • This looks like so much fun. And totally NYC. The white/golden hour makes for some spectacular pictures. How ever did you find something like this?

  • Lindley

    Yay! Just a fun time,, and you captured the night perfectly. The lighting couldn’t have been better :)

  • Lindley

    Such**

  • Mr. Big

    I prefer my wine chilled, and my dinners en blanc. brava on a well executed soiree.

  • That looks so fun!! I love your video!

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  • sincerelykateb

    I ate all of the Brie cheese! Woot! So much fun! You’re the best Lady Date! :)

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Ummm.. this sounds AMAZING! Gorgeous light too. As always, great post! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Great post and beautiful pictures! I was there this year as well, for the second time, and it was so much easier than last year. Last year I had the big table and walked in wedges and ripped my maxi dress trying to climb subway stairs with a big table in wedges…it was a very rough start! This year, I bought a rollup table, borrowed two lightweight chairs from Ikea, walked in sandals, brought a Whole Foods bag of food and simple decorations and it was a MUCH easier process (and thank goodness because it was so hot!). One day I hope to do Diner en Blanc in Paris, where it all started!

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  • SLC

    That’s awesome! As I war leaving work, I saw tons of people near the Staten island ferry dressed in all white and I was wondering what was about to take place. Looks like a beautiful event.

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  • camorose

    Through a friend of a friend! And I think I signed up for the newsletter after it happened last year? I probably would have missed out but one of my friends volunteered as a group leader so we all were able to join her group!

  • camorose

    That golden hour! Almost as good as our west side sunset picnic! :)

  • camorose

    Merci mon cheri!

  • camorose

    Thanks! It was a fun evening!

  • camorose

    Thanks for coming along on such short notice! So fun to have you there!

  • camorose

    Yes! It was fun night, and that lighting was just the icing on the cake :)

  • camorose

    Yes! I feel like I learned some valuable lessons from my friends who had gone before–we went for more chill, less work! And the Paris one would be amazing!

  • camorose

    Haha yes! I was wondering what all the people who saw us were thinking!

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