- Life of the Party: Return of the White The world's largest secret dinner party returns to Washington August 29 with a very strict dress code.
The world’s largest secret dinner party returns to Washington August 29 with a very strict dress code.
By Laura Wainman
If you happened to stroll by the Yards Park at the Capital Riverfront on a warm end-of-summer night last September you may have seen 1,500 revelers donned in head-to-toe white, dining at white picnic tables with white tableware. You probably thought three things:
1. That is a lot of white.
2. Why is there so much white?
3. How can I participate in this awesome white fest next year?
Lucky for you, Le Diner En Blanc, the world’s largest secret dinner party is returning to the District in a few weeks on Saturday August 29, where more than 2,500 fashionable guests are expected. This uber-chic picnic maintains its exclusive buzz by not revealing the secret location until minutes prior to the event, but returning co-host Bryer Davis assures us that the hosting committee has “once again searched the city high and low to find a venue that will ‘wow,’ as well as welcome more guests.”
Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon, but the original essence of Dîner en Blanc remains: friendship, elegance and gallantry. Dîner en Blanc Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on five continents. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 60 cities and more than 25 countries. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.
To maintain the uniqueness of Dîner en Blanc while staying true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
The event is sponsored by Apothic Wine, Celebrity Cruises and Lanson Champagne White Label Sec.
See a full photo gallery from last year’s festivities here.