Dressed in all white last weekend, I joined a secret flash-mob picnic in the center of Washington, D.C. We were Table #1, our cheese plate was the best, and we looked super chic among over 4,000 other diners at the fourth annual Diner en Blanc DC. Created by the French and now held around the world, it was definitely a night to remember.
Diner en Blanc started about 30 years ago, when a Frenchman invited his friends to an elegant dinner in Bois de Boulognei and asked them to wear white so they could find each other. It’s now morphed into a global affair, with a wait list of over 30,000 in D.C. alone.
I didn’t expect to have as much fun as we did! Kristie and I spent the week prepping foods and tableware to bring – this handy fold-up table, chairs, tablecloth, napkins, and plates all have to be white.
I wore this dress from Bloomingdale’s, and made a flower crown using materials from Michaels (happy to share how easy that is to make!).
We packed a quiche, cheese plate, dips, a baguette from Breadfurst Cafe, Perrier, and a mini pie to feast on. You can’t bring in your own alcohol, so, we ordered a Chardonnay from the venue ahead of time.
We met in DuPont circle and, after everyone in our group of around 20 was checked in, our group leader yelled, to the metro! Kristie and I shuddered a bit – if this is held in the metro, we thought, this is not going to be fun. But, we were just heading to Judiciary Square.
When we got off, of course, all of the escalators were out of service! It was so fun carrying our tables, chairs, carts, etc. up the stairs… I’m just glad I didn’t wear heels. #UnsuckDCMetro
The location ended up being right on Pennsylvania Avenue, right in front of the Capitol Building,
The meal kicked-off with the waving of the napkins, which was fun to do. When I looked down the table, it looked like it went on for infinity.
During the meal they had a DJ playing and we chatted with an elderly French woman and her daughter, eating homemade duck legs with rose and lots of veggies. On our other side was a cute couple, both in top hats who had a cheese plate and salmon salad.
My favorite costume, though, were these group of guys who attached light up Eiffel Towers to their hats. They definitely owned the dance party at the end.
Near the end of the meal, everyone got a giant sparkler that we helped each other light. Music played, everyone cheered, and it felt magical surrounded by so many happy people in white. My favorite moment of summer 2017.
I’ll definitely be back next year! Have you gone before?