Will Travel For Fun: Dîner en Blanc NYC 2015

Table Setting

So, yes. I like to have a good time.

And yes, I will travel for fun.

Hey. #YOLO

Having just returned to California from 9 days in Toronto with newly-minted passport holders, I carefully packed my favorite Paris-themed table setting accoutrements (and some decorations I found at Michael’s) and headed to JFK for a whirlwind 4 days in New York for Dîner en Blanc.

“What’s that?” my friend Toren asked me when I asked her if she wanted to be my guest a month earlier. “A humongous pop-up white party at a secret location,” I told her. I could envision the confused look on her face. “Trust me. We’ll have fun.” 

And then we divided the tasks long distance.

“I’ll bring the entire table setting. You get the table-in-a-bag and 2 chairs and we’ll pick up the rest when I arrive.”

And that’s exactly what we did. (Special mention of the fabulous piece of fabric we found and used as a table cloth.)

So on a hot a** day at the end of July, Toren and I gathered our things and with 5,000 other people in New York traipsed across the city via subway (with a pretty ineffective group leader) in all shades of white to our secret location at Pier 25 in New York. (Remind me to just pack everything in a suitcase for the trek across town next time, okay? That folding luggage carrier was #nobueno.)

Thank Gawd we’re at the waterfront, I thought as my angel wings started to wilt in the heat (yes, I wore wings). I need water.

But by the time the sun started to set, some of the nearly heat-stroked attitudes started to set as well. And then it was all uphill from there.

Here are some of my photos. It was a blast.

Oh. And if I am ever lucky enough to get a personal invitation to Dîner en Blanc in Paris (where it all began), you can take it to the bank that I won’t hesitate to grab a flight and do it again. Because yes, I will travel for fun.

Hey. #YOLO

Have you been to Dîner en Blanc? Do tell.

Me and my angel wings at the meeting place in Brooklyn, waiting for our Group Leader to take us to the secret location. I was smiling, but I was hot.

Me and my angel wings at the meeting place in Brooklyn, waiting for our Group Leader to take us to the secret location. I was smiling, but I was hot. #neverletemseeyousweat

Waiting for our group leader to arrive at the park. Still don't know where we're going yet.

Waiting for our group leader to arrive at the park. Still don’t know where we’re going yet.

So many people. So much stuff. So much white. So much fun.

So many people. So much stuff. So much white. So much fun. Waving at Toren. =)

July 28: Stopped at a stop light long enough to take a breath and snap a photo of this young woman's vintage look. Love the hat.

Stopped at a stop light long enough to take a break from the heat and snap a photo of this young woman’s vintage look. Love the hat. And that top too.

Made it! But look at everyone's face. LOL It was H-O-T! #noshade #punintended

Made it!
But look at everyone’s face. LOL It was H-O-T! #noshade #punintended

July 28: The setting is on the water, the food we ordered is yummy, and the music (French, bien sûr) is on point. Everyone looks REALLY lovely. The angel wings I wore seem to be a hit and people keep asking to take my photo. Some people have the most ornate center pieces, including live birds! Kind of disorganized getting here, but hey, YOU try coordinating 5,000 people. Glad the sun is setting. Glad I came. My first. #Paris next?

The setting is on the water, the food we ordered is yummy, and the music (French, bien sûr) is on point. Everyone looks REALLY lovely. The angel wings I wore seem to be a hit and people keep asking to take my photo. Some people have the most ornate center pieces, including live birds! Kind of disorganized getting here, but hey, YOU try coordinating 5,000 people. Glad the sun is setting. Glad I came. My first. #Paris next?

My friend Toren. =)

My friend Toren. =) All cooled off and fabulous…

She. Was. Killing. It. #thatheadpiecethough

She. Was. Killing. It. #thatheadpiecethough

Another favorite.

Another favorite.

So dapper.

So dapper.

You go!

You go!

Yes. Those are live birds in that centerpiece! (And yes, I was concerned for them because of the heat. #animallover)

Yes. Those are live birds in that centerpiece! (And yes, I was concerned for them because of the heat. #animallover) See those people pointing at me? LOL It was the wings.

Beautimus Maximus.

Beautimus Maximus.

Simple & elegant.

Simple & elegant.

Out of 5,000 people, I spot a woman who I've never met before, but has such a distinct look that I know it's her. Evelyn?

Out of 5,000 people, I spot a woman who I’ve never met before, but has such a distinct look that I know it’s her.
Evelyn?” I ask confidently as I walk up to her smiling.
“Yes?” she smiles back at me.
“I’m Tracey. From The Passport Party Project.”
Cue laughter and a nice big hug.
Evelyn is an Ambassador for The Passport Party Project and the founder of Prom King, providing suits, shirts, ties and shoes to boys and young men ages 10- 26 for special events. She helped keep the #PassportPartyProject social media hashtag alive during Phase 2 and sent a monetary travel gift. It was a genuine pleasure to meet her. #thatwasfun

So fab.

So fab.

Excellent meal! Really. Torn ordered it from the Dîner en Blanc folks. Better than schlepping food.

Excellent meal! Really. Toren ordered it from the Dîner en Blanc folks. Better than schlepping food.

Dinner & new friends at sunset.

Dinner & new friends at sunset.

I totally get it.

I totally get it. She was feeling gone-with-the-wind fabulous.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

So nice, I had to show it twice.

So nice, I had to show it twice. After dinner, I tore up that chocolate cake. LOL

The music was on point. The scenery was on point. Everything was on point.

The music was on point. The scenery was on point. Everything was on point.

And scene. See you next year...

And scene. See you next year…

9 thoughts on “Will Travel For Fun: Dîner en Blanc NYC 2015

  1. Isn’t it magical! I’m so glad I put up with the process and went! The NYC views are so beautiful but that heat could not have been fun. Love the headpieces and wings and wow-live birds?! I did a Parisian table setting as well!

  2. Yes!! The memories! Such a unique experience. It was exciting not knowing where the dinner would be held. The elegance, the ambiance, the food, the WINE…lol. I felt special as we made our way on the train and through the streets of NYC with everyone looking at us. They were all trying to figure us out..lol. It was HOT as hell but worth it, we had a great time.

  3. I just attended the inaugural Diner En Blanc Dallas this past Thursday. I was excited to be selected and immediately began searching and ordering all of the necessities and became more and more anxious each time UPS made a delivery to my front door!
    I had a great time and I was thrilled to have shared this experience with my mother. The secret location was perfect and we all began cheering on the bus as we approached the destination and spotted the white tents that were already set up awaiting our arrival.
    Fortunately, the sun had gone down (Texas heat is no joke) just as we began setting up our personal dining tables, decor, food, and drinks atop The Continental Avenue Bridge.
    The weather was perfect and everyone was in a great and festive mood. I enjoyed seeing so much diversity and creativity and met some really great people!
    I am definitely looking forward to next year and I would love to attend the event in a different city!

    • That sounds WONDERFUL!!! I’m sure the Dallas DEB will grow as the years go by, but it’s always fun to be a part of something new. I wish people could post photos in the comments! (Glad you’re my FB friend.)
      Glad you had good weather too, cuz OMG!

  4. Tracey, I love your photos of DEB in New York! This is my second year doing DEB in Atlanta. I had a blast last year and an even better time this year. There’s no debate that DEB can be a bit of work. I believe with proper planning and a great attitude when things go awry, you can have a memorable experience.

    My next DEB is Paris or any other DEB location in another country. #bucketlist

    • Thanks! And you’re right! Attitude is EVERYTHING. I had a moment where I had to shut down and have a seat because I was so hot and miserable. After a few minutes (and some water), I was smiling again. =D

  5. “Hello. My name is Heather Langster aka Cocohantus on social media. I attended Diner en Blanc in Cincinnati Ohio. It’s the fourth time this event was held here. I think it’s steadily growing in awareness that it’s here and my goal is to broadcast it as much as possible in the AF-AM community here to draw more attention for attendance. Overall, I think it’s a ” must do” one of a kind experience that you should experience. Most of the kinks have been worked out here by the hosts.
    I will definitely participate again next year. I didn’t realize all of the “work” and planning upfront it requires but once you figure it out, you can relax and enjoy the evening. I’m definitely more prepared for next year!

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