How was your weekend? I had an amazing weekend; I mean I didn’t get paid as scheduled but yeah amazing. I’ve been uber excited about Diner en Blanc since I saw the pictures last year. How could such fab-ness take place in my city and I not know about it. Well that wasn’t going to happen twice. I’m all about getting dressed in all white and dragging a table and chairs around to a secret location. Umm yes, sign me up.
Diner en Blanc started 27 years ago in Paris, France with a handful of friends. It started out by word of mouth only but has moved online to keep up with the times. The dinner takes place at a secret location with the intent of sharing a high-quality meal with friends at the heart of your city’s most beautiful locations.
We met our table lead and fellow table goers at a specific location at Union Station. There were a lot of other groups meeting up at locations in and or around Union Station. No two groups were meeting at the same spot. From there we left at staggered time and took mass transit to another location.
Feelings: It was so dope to see a bunch of people dressed in their white. It’s like we just took over the city. People were stopping and asking What is going on? Where are we going? What are we doing? Is this a wedding? It’s funny because you honestly don’t know where we are going, so we quickly explain the concept.
We arrived at our transit stop and walked to our final destination. We didn’t know where we were headed until we showed up and saw others. The Washington, DC location was Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square on K Street, NW. What was funny about this location is it is right in front of my job.
Feelings: This mystery was a bit magical. Local patrons and shop owners came out and watched us walk by. They snapped pictures and took video.
We arrive, we set up our tables, chairs and food. We sit down, catch our breath and enjoy the magical experience.
Feelings: You have to just go with the flow to get the full experience. They have a lot of rules. They want to make sure this an amazing experience. The rules also help maintain the experience.
Table: $25 | Chairs $7 x 2 | Table Cloth: A twin sheet I owned | Napkins: $2.00 a set | Wine Glasses: Owned | Plates: Ikea $5 for 2 | Mason Jars: Owned | Utensils: Owned | Candles: Battery operated 6pk for $5.99 w/ 40% off coupon
Center Piece: I owned the vase and the stones in it. | Flowers $7.99 w/40% off coupon | Feathers: $2.00
Meal: Cheese, crackers & Pepperoni | Strawberries & Grapes | Shrimp Salad w/ Kraft Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressing | Beverage: Voss Water & Ginger Ale | Dessert: Lemon Cupcakes from Crumbs
They hand out sparklers and we all light them at the same time. This means the dance floor is open. This is something we will do every year for sure. We had a really great time.
Last but not least what we wore! For me the outfit was the most important thing, I order two dresses and didn’t like either of them. RETURN! I ordered another dress, didn’t like it. RETURN! I ordered a two piece outfit and it was cute but cream. I KEPT IT! I purchased another dress and hated it. RETURN!
Finally I decided I would just make it and boy did I hit the jackpot. People complimented me all night and I allowed lots of random strangers aka new friends to take my picture when they asked. I felt like a million bucks and most of all I was comfortable.
Mi: Fascinator: Borrowed | Jewels: Owned | T-shirt: Owned | Tutu: I made myself | Sneakers: Custom Kicks by Mimi
Babe: Polo: Target | Jeans: H&M | Sneakers: Vans/Journey’s
Tips: Travel as smart and light as possible. Do a test set up of your table before you leave home. Pack up all of your items and decide on a plan to transport them all.