One of my absolute favorite things to do in life is throw parties. I adore selecting a cohesive theme, compiling a unique yet approachable menu, and creating an atmosphere that transports guests away from the everyday. For me, this is what life is about- celebrating friendship, meeting new personalities, bringing people together. Inclusivity as opposed to exclusivity, acceptance as opposed to judgement, and simple celebration.
|Photo courtesy of Diner en Blanc Chicago|
Diner en Blanc, the largest pop up chic picnic in the world, will occur on August 21st, 2015 for the city of Chicago. Guests gather at a location kept secret until the last minute for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with friends and enjoying an incredible evening in one of their city’s most beautiful locations. With more than 50 cities in over 20 countries consisting of 100,000+ members across the globe, the Diner en Blanc concept truly unites people from an incredibly diverse array of backgrounds to simply celebrate. I could get lost in watching videos from other cities- Shanghai, Kingston, Auckland, Rwanda, Sydney, New York. Each city puts their own cultural and geographical stamp on the event.
Launched in Paris by François Pasquier and a handful of his friends in 1988, Dîner en Blanc – Paris now attracts between 10,000 and 15,000 attendees each year. The location changes every year for every city- this is part of the magic and mystery surrounding this phenomenon.
I will covering the event for the next month- fashion, decor, beauty, entertainment, the whole nine yards. I am working on discounts especially for Diner en Blanc attendees, so stay tuned! This event appeals to me in so many different ways…
As a mom, I am thrilled to eat dinner without jumping up from the table every two minutes to get someone milk, clean up a spill, or take someone to the bathroom. I can wear a white dress without the fear of someone wiping a jam-covered hand down the front.
As a friend, I am beyond excited to catch up with my closest gal pals and share a glass of bubbly with them. We all love to dance like it’s 1999, and Diner en Blanc has an amazing post-dinner dance floor.
As a wife, I can’t wait to have a romantic date night with my husband where we get to dine, dance and dress to the nines.
As a fashion lover, I am shopping like a madwoman- no joke, I am importing about 5 items from other countries and visiting vintage boutiques on the daily to complete my look (all on a budget, of course). I love putting different pieces together and see everything contribute to the final ensemble.
As an event planner, I adore the attention to detail- from the tablescapes to the surprise location to the dessert display, I enjoy every minute.
If you would like to get on the waitlist, make sure to sign up here! Phase 3 tickets go on sale August 6th at noon. Hope to see you there!