Last night we had the pleasure of attending our very first Dîner En Blanc. About a month back I got an invitation to go in my email, I’m not sure how or why I received it but we decided to give it a go. I must admit at times it was extremely stressful LOL there were so many preparations to make, so many rules to follow!
I didn’t even own a piece of white clothing nor anything else in white. At first I was most excited about finally having the need to purchase a fascinator!
There was a website with all of the details and we did get a group leader who walked us through everything step-by-step. I was shocked when I received two instruction packets one about 34 pages and the other one about 24 pages! But I have to say we did pull it all together and made our way to the random parking lot where our group met up. It was so weird not knowing where we were going to be taken to as it is always held at an unknown location. We gathered in the parking lot with all of our white belongings in tow and we took off on foot! The walk was way longer than expected and it was hot out! Makeup melting, our white clothing getting soaked with sweat! Luckily we were warned to wear sneakers for the walk! It looked so cool seeing the long line of folks in white heading down the highway! Cars passing by waved and we gladly reciprocated!
Luckily it was a really beautiful September evening, and the week-long rains had finally stopped. Once we arrived at our destination it was like being a movie star – there were cameras clicking all over the place. It was really a sight to see everybody and everything in white. We were really surprised at the location. We didn’t expect that it was to be held at the Nassau Coliseum, outdoors on Astroturf!!! Once we set up our tables and got our food and wine the atmosphere was so much fun and it was really exciting! It was amazing how it came together and looked so elegant!
There are a few rituals to follow at every Diner En Blanc – one being the infamous napkin wave, signaling Chow Time!
As far as the dinner went, I may want to bring my own dinner next time. It was a bit cold and rather pricey! The humus was supposed to be homemade Parmesan garlic flavor but was extremely plain. The lobster was good but all of it was cold. Personally, the butter all over my hands mixed with the humidity got to me a bit! But, I know, that’s my sensory issues! 😉
Due to my SIBO diagnosis I have not had wine in 2 1/2 years!!! But this night I did and it was soooooooooooo good! The Pellegrino was good too but there was not enough. One bottle each, and you could not get more. TIP: bring water with you! Next is the lighting of the sparkler indicating it is time to get down and boogie!!!
The next ritual was the lighting of the sparkler! Once it is lit, everyone can dance. And every one did! It was awesome. There were live performances and a really lit DJ! Everyone danced for hours. It really was a blast!
Check out my Instagram for videos and pics from the night!
If you ever get a chance to go to the one you definitely should grab it. We will be going again next year, can’t wait! I think it will be a lot easier next year being that we have all of the white items that are needed for the evening already. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away!
xo Robin xo