25 ans après le premier Dîner en Blanc® de Paris, qui n’était d’ailleurs à la base qu’un simple pique-nique à thème entre amis, Mr François Pasquier, à l’origine de cette fête gigantesque, peut se vanter d’avoir réuni 4000 personnes dans l’un des parcs les plus célèbres de NYC pour cette 3ème édition dans la big Apple.
What are all those people doing, dressing in white in the middle of Bryant Park on a Wednesday night? Well, those people are having a picnic! People drinking, eating, swaging, dancing, waving their white napkins, we are at Le Dîner en Blanc® of New York! 25 years after launching the 1st Le Dîner en Blanc® n Paris, Mr Francois Pasquier who originally just organized a white theme picnic for friends, can be proud of himself: he managed to reunite 4000 people in one of the most famous parks in NYC for this 3rd edition of Le Dîner en Blanc® in the Big Apple.
In order to participate, one must be invited by a participant from the previous year or get on the official website’s waiting list here. 4000 lucky people for 45 000 on the waiting list! Some people waited 3 years to get in, other will still have to wait for next year. I know you will ask me: how did I manage to attend this cool event? Monday, 3PM, unexpected call from my friend Grace: Flo, are you free on Wednesday night? I need a date 🙂 Grave is Miss I always go to cool events in NYC: trendy parties, exhibition previews… So at Le Dîner en Blanc®, god knows how, she managed to be part of the organization. So, 2 days before the event, here I am, looking for a white outfit everywhere…
Meeting for my group is fixed at 5:30PM sharp in front of the Madison Square Garden. Guests gather at select meeting points across the city where “group leaders” guide them to the celebration. The evening takes place in a public place not designed for this purpose and often crowded, but the exact location is kept secret until you get there. You need to prepare for this diner! Bring not only you picnic (I mean a glamourous gourmet picnic, not your sandwich bought 5mn before), but also you wine bottle (or champagne but certainly not beers!), your table and chairs (white of course), and a real china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware. Creativity and originality is welcome for the table decoration and outfits! Elegance is the credo though!
Organization must be irreproachable in order for future editions to be held. Each table leader is in charge of around 25 tables and knows exactly where to set them. Arrived at the park surrounded by skyscrapers, people are unpacking, setting up their tables, and waving their white napkins to launch the dinner in a joyful atmosphere. After chatting with our table neighbors while eating, I walk around to appreciate the sometimes extravagant tables decoration.
After several musical performances, time to dance. People are grooving on the improvised dance floor just steps away from the New York City Public Library. As the DJ pumped out hits, including French songs to remind where the event started, guests lit sparklers and photographs are shooting the most extravagant outfits. 10PM sharp, it is time to pack and clean, leaving the place as clean as it was upon arrival. Aymeric Pasquier, co-founder of Diner en Blanc International, announces that an after party will take place a couple of blocs down. For me, time to go home, not really ready to get down off this (white) cloud….
Next year, we do it again!
From New York, With Love,