I had the pleasure of covering the inaugural Diner en Blanc in Washington, DC last week for friends at Brightest Young Things and it proved to be just a visually dreamy as we imagined. The famed "secret" dinner party started in Paris and has expanded to cities around the world; Thursday was DC's first. Check out the whole story in BYT HERE and read my quick account below, thoroughly fueled by our generous hosts, Moet Ice Imperial. Bottomless champagne for the win.
From Amazon Prime solutions to catering and tables that looked like hyperactive Pinterest boards, the creativity of picnicking in cocktail attire proved delightful. My new friend Clinton Yates smartly pointed out that one of the most fun parts was watching people dressed up attempt the light manual labor necessary to set up their all-white errthing: table, chairs, linens, china, cutlery and charcuterie plates galore. Heels sank into grass, men struggled with coolers, guests cursed the walk from the Metro, but once settled they loved the venue at Yards Park with its sweeping waterfront views and dramatic (all white) bridge entrance.
The crowd was eclectic and different from the people who usually attend 'social' functions in the city, making the night a breath of fresh air. Styles ranged from laid back to "is that an actual wedding dress?" with highlights that included a Marie Antoinette wig, spiked sneakers, and some serious fascinator/veil action.
With sparklers twinkling and champagne glasses clinking, the 1400 guests cheered at the end of the night, marking it a success. A select group migrated to the Marriot Marquis for the after party, where we made sure to make getting up the next morning a bit harder.