If you’re a lover of fancy picnics and or white parties, you may already be familiar with the Dîner en Blanc events. If not, here’s a brief run down. The concept was born in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier had the idea to assemble a small group of friends for a picnic. The general idea: “Bring a meal, and bring a new friend”. The friends all convened at the Bois de Boulogne dressed in white so they could easily find each other. What started as a small get-together continued to grow over the years and now brings in over 15,000 participants in Paris.
The concept has been so successful that it has spread to various countries and cities around the world including Johannesburg, Montréal, Singapore, New York, Haiti, Jamaica and so many more. I first heard about Dîner en Blanc a few years ago after viewing pictures from Dîner en Blanc - Haiti. Just from looking at photos I could tell that this was an extraordinary event so when fellow Haitian-American blogger, Wanda of L’union Suite made the announcement that a West Palm Beach edition was coming in November, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I was lucky enough to score an invite to the secretive dinner and attended with my longtime friend and founder of W.H.I.T.E (Women Have It To Empower), Ketly Marcellus.
The dinner's location is kept secret until the day if the event. In most cases you don't find out until the moment you arrive at the site. One of the keys to this secrecy is in how the event is organized. Participants select group leaders and meet-up locations where they are to board a chartered bus and then head out for the dinner. Upon arrival, all of the buses unload their picnic supplies and begin setting up their tables according to the row they were assigned.
Because this was Palm Beach's first year holding the dinner, I have to admit there were a couple of snags. Our bus left ridiculously late, and table setup was chaotic (let's not get into the torrential downpour that occured just before dinner since we can't blame anyone for that). However, once everything came together, it was a lovely experience. Performances from local artists were superb, the ambiance was elegant and the DJ played a great set that kept the diverse crowd on their feet until the end of the night. I'm looking forward to the next event. Maybe I'll check out the Miami edition when it comes around again next year.
Check out some more photos from the event:
This post contains photos from the Palm Beach Post shot by photographer Richard Graulich.