It is the end of August here in the DMV area, and that means it is time for Diner En Blanc (DEB). DEB is always the third Saturday in the month of August for us. It is usually our big date night before school is back in session. It is one of our favorite events of the year, no two DEBs are the same. Yes, the premise and the concept is the same but each experience is a different one which is part of why we love it so much.
Our meet up spot was at the City Center in Washington, DC. For the first time ever this was a location that ONLY required us to walk, no mass transit. While walking in quite convienient it took some of the fun chaos and adventure out of getting to the meetup spot. We ended up a few steps away from the White House (rolls eyes) on Pennsylvania Avenue at Freedom Plaza. This is our second time literally being in the streets of DC.
I am always concentrated on what I’m going to wear, all the other details come secondary to that. I shop for the perfect DEB look all year long because white is tricky. This year I auditioned a few looks but I wasn’t feeling them for one reason or another. I settled out on something I already owned that was both comfy and cute and easy to move around in. The ease of movement is a vital part because you must tote your things. If that skirt looks familiar, it should it is the skirt I got married in. I know you didn’t think it was just going to sit in my closet for years to come. Lies you tell! My ruffle t-shirt was an old purchase from H&M for $2, and my sneakers are my pearl embellished bridal sneakers.
Every year I try to get friends to join us, and every year they don’t. *Kanye shrug* Babe and I always have a great time, but it would be even more fun to have some friends join us. In the planning phase, you have to make sure everyone can get together in the same group and table area so you sit side by side. People always say they want to go AFTER they see our pictures. The great part is we usually end up with cool tablemates.
Food is an important part of the Diner En Blanc experience. You have to transport your food, it is not going to be hot by the time you arrive at your destination. It was several hours from the time I packed out food up at home to the time we sat at ate. Keeping that in mind I plan accordingly. This year I took a lazier approach because life was crazy busy leading up to DEB. I pretty much got our meal from Costco. They have a croissant sandwich and Cesar salad combo that I got for us. I also grabbed some of their Cilantro shrimp to go on top of our salad. I want something that is delicious, filling and taste good cold, or at room temperature. The empanada on the side was given to us by our tablemate, it had salmon in it and it was quite yummy. She said it was so good we had to try it and it did not disappoint.
Food Packing Hack:
I’ve shared what we ate, now let me hip you to some game. This is how I packaged everything up and made it easy for transport. Every year I use the kid’s insulated lunch bags to store our food. On the right, I put the shrimp in a small stackable lunch container, below it is two sandwich containers that hold our sandwiches. On the backside of the shrimp, I used two smaller stackable containers to hold our salad dressing and mayo/mustard for our sandwiches. All of these containers belong to the children. The very bottom container is a Rubbermaid container holding our salad.
The picture of the left shows our stackable containers with icepacks in between them. This year the weather was perfectly cool. It years past it has been sweltering so ice packs were very necessary. The entire stack fits inside the lunch box nicely and then I zip it up. I also put ice in insulated containers that will keep it frozen for 12hrs.
Every year this is the money shot. The sparklers never get old.
Because I’m a kid I love writing with chalk.
If you like it then you betta put your name on it.
This shot is so dope!!!
Diner En Blanc owes us nothing, we will be back in 2020!