Le Dîner en Blanc Boston
Have you heard of the Dîner en Blanc? Started 30 years ago as a get together among friends in Paris, which grew larger year after year, the Dîner en Blanc is an elegant all-white picnic and dance party held in a public place in cities around the world. The group has grown with word of mouth, and now has 100,000 members! Boston held a Dîner en Blanc last year next to the Fort Point Channel, and this year’s event is scheduled for September 9. The organizers are planning for 2,500 people to participate in Boston this year, and you are invited to join in the fun! Register here to find out more — registration is open until August 31. (Events are happening all over the world, so take a look even if you aren’t close to Boston!)
I wasn’t able to attend in Boston, but my husband and I did participate a few years ago in Montreal and we had so much fun. You do have to wear all white, and there are quite a few rules about what to bring, which was a little bit of a challenge, but the final effect of dining with strangers who also made the effort to dress in white and bring a picnic dinner was just amazing. The location is kept a secret until just before, and everything is set up as you arrive and taken away as you leave — imagine a flash mob dinner party!! Groups meet at different MBTA stops or other locations and travel together en masse — it was so hilarious to be all dressed up on the subway together, carrying picnic baskets, tables, and chairs. It was such a special night. After dinner, the group danced to DJ music and enjoyed the amazing ambiance — it was a night to remember. Here a few pictures from the event in Montreal:
See some amazing photos of last year’s event along Fort Point Channel in Boston below. You can also see a video of last years event in Boston here. We will be away this year, but are looking forward to attending next time. If you are interesting in learning more, take a look at the Diner en Blanc website! We love seeing fun events like this come to Boston!
Image Credit: Montreal event – Laura Chassaigne; Boston event – Tricia McCormack Photography