Feeling Fancy and French at Le Diner en Blanc in NYC

When I first moved to the city, I heard about a fancy party where everybody dressed in white and dined at an iconic NYC location. It sounded a little pretentious but I knew I had to experience this French-inspired party so I got on the waitlist. A year went by and I got an email about specific dates to buy tickets. Before I knew it, I had my hands on two exclusive tickets to attend Diner en Blanc. What would I wear? Who would I take? I wasn’t sure who to invite because it was SO last minute (tickets are released about a week before the party). Then, my friend Sam, agreed to join me (He was THE BEST date AND he speaks French). After reading many blogs and the fine print, I realized you have to bring your own table, chairs, food, table décor etc. (I had to rent a table and chairs from a party store in Brooklyn). I was already committed so I decided to make it work. We were sweating and swearing throughout the underground tunnels of New York City while transporting all the party essentials. I thought “what kind of party is this?” and I wasn’t sure if the actual party would be worth it. The location is not revealed until the last minute so we had no idea where we were going. 

Then… we arrived at the fabulous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts!

I could not believe the decorative skill and gourmet food people brought! We had no table decorations and I brought last minute Ham sandwich’s from Zabars. No over-the-top homemade or premade picnic baskets for us. I didn’t feel like I had time to prepare for this! I mean, look at the centerpiece on the left in the photo above! Like, who is that?! We ate our meal and quickly headed to the dance floor and danced the night away!

I bought this white romper on Poshmark (I’m obsessed with Poshmark). I originally saw it at Nordstrom for $93 a while back. Then, I searched for it on Poshmark under the exact brand and title of Romper and it came up for $40 (found one for $60 linked in the photo above). I got the shoes on Poshmark as well ($10)! Also, Nordstrom now has this romper in colors. Click on the photo below to see the beautiful options!

Anyways, back to the party. Was it worth it? YES. Would I go again? Probably. I’ll be honest, it was a lot of work. Tickets are around $40 + food, outfit, table, chairs etc so it definitely adds up in expenses. We had a wonderful time once we got there! Now I know what to expect for the future. I am excited to see where they do it next time! These pop-up dinners are all around the world. Check out their website for more information or to put your name on the waiting list for next year at https://dinerenblanc.com/

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  • Jane Devereaux
    November 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun! Beautiful dress!