So, yes. I like to have a good time.
And yes, I will travel for fun.
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.
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. #neverletemseeyousweat
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. Waving at Toren. =)
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.
But look at everyone’s face. LOL It was H-O-T! #noshade #punintended
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. =) All cooled off and fabulous…
She. Was. Killing. It. #thatheadpiecethough
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.
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?” 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
Excellent meal! Really. Toren ordered it from the Dîner en Blanc folks. Better than schlepping food.
Dinner & new friends at sunset.
I totally get it. She was feeling gone-with-the-wind fabulous.
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.
And scene. See you next year…