BOSTON – Diner en Blanc is coming back to Boston Saturday, Sept. 9 to a location to be announced at 5:45 p.m. that day!
The city is one of 70 international locations to host the unique experience – a delightful gathering of some 2,500 people all dressed in white in an undisclosed public space, the location of which will be revealed minutes prior to the event. Guests arrive with tables, chairs and picnic baskets in-hand to create an over-the-top, elegant picnic. Once the party is brought to life, guests mingle, dine and dance. Then, the party disappears as quickly as it began.
Registration to participate happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members who attended the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; Phase 3 is for guests who sign up on the waiting list. Sign-up now at boston.dinerenblanc.com/register.
Local hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc Boston, Samantha Kanter, Anna Berezina and Kelly Early, are leading the way, organizing over 40 volunteers to help bring this exciting tradition to life in their hometown. The team fell in love with the concept at previous events (Boston Children’s Museum’s Waterfront Terrace in 2016; Boston City Hall Plaza in 2015; Moakley Federal Courthouse in 2013), and are looking forward to adding their own local flair this fall.
The evening is filled with visually breathtaking moments including the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner and the lighting of sparkler wands to encourage guests to get up, mingle and dance. When, at the end of the evening the trumpet sounds, guests pack up their belongings and head back into the night, leaving behind no sign of their revelry.
To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as stay true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few rules:
- Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
- Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
- Table setting: all white!
- Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
- As per Massachusetts regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy wine or Champagne, must reserve online through the Dîner en Blanc’s e-store. Guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.
- To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until last minute, guests must meet at their assigned departure location and are escorted by a Le Dîner en Blanc volunteer.
- In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
Le Dîner en Blanc guests must bring:
- A table, two white chairs and a white tablecloth.
- A picnic basket with fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
Picnic baskets by local food partners (to be announced soon) can be pre-ordered and picked up on site. Guests choosing this option must reserve online through the Le Dîner en Blanc e-store during the registration process.
This year, Kobrand Wines is the exclusive wine and Champagne Taittinger as the exclusive Champagne for the event of the 2017 edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in Boston. For complete details, check out boston.dinerenblanc.com