Following an unexpected and unexplained hiatus, Le Diner en Blanc, the iconic Parisian-inspired franchised urban picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code, is returning to the nation’s capital from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
With their all-white tables, chairs, and table settings in tow, guests thousands of guests are expected to attend chic white-linen affair at a yet-to-be-revealed site to set up their al fresco spread for a fanciful night. The truly ambitious create elaborate French picnics with extravagant, inventive tablescapes and pageantry. High-fashion is also a huge component while many guests dress in decorative headdresses, ball gowns, white dinner jackets, and top hats with a spectacular Washington landmark as a backdrop for remarkable photo-ops.
The legendary evening is steeped in Le Dîner en Blanc traditions like the napkin wave to signify the beginning of dinner, and the lighting of sparklers to conclude the culinary feast. However, while the long-standing French picnic ritual will not change, this year’s DC event will bring back authentic Le Diner en Blanc customs that originated back in Paris more than 35 years ago. A cadre of entertainers and musicians will canvas the outdoor venue and perform one-on-one throughout the night, adding to the beautiful spectacle Washington experiences.
According to Linda Davis, president of The Davis Group and co-producer of Le Diner en Blanc-Washington, this year’s celebration will feature some added unexpected surprises, performances, installations, and festivities. “Le Diner en Blanc is a sophisticated community happening that has many organic roots that have taken a back seat through the years,” said Davis. “We are seeking to bring culture and the true Paris concept back with an elevated experience that highlights performances by multiple entertainers, which allows the guests to commune with their neighbors and get to know people on a more intimate level.”
“In the past, there has been a rush to dine and then move,” said Kaitlin Latonick, partner of The Davis Group and co-producer of Le Diner en Blanc-Washington. “This year, the entertainment will come to our guests – it’s an exciting change for us.”
To be part of the opportunity to experience Diner en Blanc, people can register at the official website at washington.dinerenblanc.com.