The sensational Parisian-imported pop-up soiree, Dîner en Blanc returns to Philadelphia this August for its third year of enchanting white-clad celebrations.
On Thursday, August 21, 3,400 participants will take over an iconic Philadelphia public space for an evening of dining, drinking, dancing, fashion, music and pageantry.
Dîner en Blanc started as a casual reunion for a small group of Parisian friends, who all wore white (hence the “blanc”) to ensure easy recognition of one another. That was 1988.
In 2014, the worldwide event pops up in more than 40 cities across the globe with tens of thousands of white-clad revelers attending private, picnic parties at to-be-disclosed, highly visible locations.
In 2012, the Dîner made its debut in Philly when 1300 guests descended upon the secret pop-up location that was revealed the night of the event to be Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle. In 2013, more than 2000 revelers danced the night away on the JFK Bridge in the shadow of 30th Street Station and the Cira Centre.
In 2014, the mysterious fete could pop up practically anywhere in Philadelphia!
Joining the Dîner — which is part impromptu dinner party, part top-secret scavenger hunt and part elegant soiree — takes a lot of enthusiasm and a bit of determination, especially for those who did not attend last year. There are a number of steps to take and rules to follow, not the least of which is to wear only white.
If you didn’t join the party last year, register now to get on the waiting list and secure an official invitation. The waiting list is now open here.
For those who did attend last year, invitations to re-activate memberships and claim invitations went out just last week. As of today, Tuesday, July 8, those invitees are able to register for a spot at the party.
Register and pay the $29.25 per person for this year’s participation to confirm your spot by Sunday, July 13. Registered members are invited automatically in phase one, and then will have an opportunity to sponsor a friend in phase two.
The wait list to secure an official invitation is now open, too, so sign up right here to throw your (white) hat in for a chance to participate.
For more information on the registration phases and key dates, check here for a handy chart of instructions.
Stay tuned for more details and tips as the pop-up picnic nears, but take our advice start planning what to to wear and how to pack now. A few tips: Pack light, wear comfortable (white) shoes and bring extra sparklers.
Get ready to embrace joie de vivre for a little je ne sais quoi!
Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia
When: Thursday, August 21
Cost: $29.25 per person; plus $5 membership
More info: www.philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info