New York's Dîner en Blanc

• 14 July 2011

Yet another way we Americans seek to imitate the French...:)

Have you heard of Paris' Dîner en Blanc? It's a private, impromptu pique-nique where everyone dresses in white, brings their own dinner, and after a few hours of eating, drinking, and making merry, they pack up their mess and say bonne nuit. The trick is that no one knows where it's going to be until the last moment, no one knows who is in charge of it (you apparently have to know the right people?), and therefore it's unclear just how to be invited. I have to admit, it's look downright spectacular and I'm very impressed with reports that such a large crowd leaves their picnic areas so tidy afterwards.

Interestingly enough, the American version is in the works and is slated to take place on August 25, 2011 in New York City (of course). The main differences are 1. municipal authorities will be involved (they are planning the location) and 2. instead of being completely private, half the guest list is open invitation. While I love the idea of trying to host a large, spontaneous picnic like the French, I wonder if it's going to be as fun if government officials are involved. Isn't half the fun just showing up without anyone knowing? Also, I'm curious if we will leave the party grounds as clean as our friends over the Pond. I can't wait to read the reports!

You can read more about Dîner en Blanc in a NYT article, and also find out how to be invited. Do any of you know more about the Dîner en Blanc? Have you been?

Update: Jordan created something similar in Versailles today...doesn't it look fun?

Thank you Christelle for the heads up on NY's Dîner en Blanc!

image by Gonzalo Fuentes for the New York Times


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