Recently I had the pleasure of attending the prestigious Diner en Blanc, a pop-up, invite-only dinner where thousands of people dressed all in white come to a secret location and set up a lavish picnic. They eat, laugh, and dance to live music and a DJ, and then disappear like it never happened. This year’s dinner was at City Hall.
When I first hear about the event I was very skeptical. It seemed crazy to ask so many people to lug tables, chairs, and a picnic all over Boston only to inform them of the location minutes before the party started. Some of the race and class undertones about the history of the event also made me feel a little uneasy. But once I got there, it was truly an incredible experience. People created elaborate tablescapes with lights, flowers, and fine china. The whole thing felt like a posh wedding. From what I could see a lot of the picnics looked delicious as well. You do have the option to rent tables, picnics, and wine if you’re not as handy as some of the other guests. The dress code was strictly all white and, surprise, I had no white in my closet. As you guys have witnessed, I prefer dark neutrals. Most of the white outfits were gone from stores now that summer’s over so I fashioned an oversized white button down into a makeshift dress. Despite the drizzle outside, people went all out with their outfits. Some people wore fascinators, others wore masks, I even saw a few wedding dresses.
Here I am with Elissa from Style Wire.
Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.