Perhaps best described as a flashmob picnic in white, last Thursday night, “the world’s largest dinner party” — Dîner en Blanc — made its debut in DC, welcoming some 1,400 Washingtonians to Yards Park.
The event, which began as a dinner in public in Paris in 1988, kept with tradition, featuring hundreds of invitation-only attendees taking over a secret location (at the last minute, without even the guests knowing where they were going!) dressed all in white and bringing with them everything necessary for a fine dining experience.
Spontaneous, secretive… and celebratory! DC’s diner en Blanc partnered with Moët Ice Impérial (a champagne actually meant to be served over ice), bringing together friends and strangers to enjoy fine food and beverages while causing passers by to wonder what-the-WHAT — in white! — was going on.
It began with the waving of the white napkin, continued with smiles and sparklers, and finished with all guests leaving the place (hopefully) cleaner than they found it. Diner en Blanc returns to DC next year; find out more about getting on the guest list here.