With me was my brother's girlfriend, Dana, and 2298 other guests who had received the invite to this occasion.
Before we get into this photo heavy post, a bit of history!
Diner en Blanc was started in Paris in the 1980s. Diners met at the park, dressed all in white to identify each other, and enjoyed a gourmet summer picnic; then left, leaving nothing behind.
The event has grown not only in Paris (where the guest list now totals 10,000 at the event), but in cities all over the world. I first heard about it last year, but was unable to secure myself a spot on the guest list. This year, when my invite arrived, I had my tickets purchased within the hour to secure my spot!
Diner en Blanc has a lot of rules. Diners must wear only white and come prepared with table, white chairs, white linens, napkins, cutlery, plates, glasses, picnic basket and a three course meal. At the Toronto event (because you can't drink outside without a permit for the venue) You have to buy your wine ahead of time from the event organizers.
With our stuff in tow (including our gourmet pizzas for dinner) Dana and I arrived at the meeting location of Exhibition Loop, still unaware of where our dinner destination was.
Eventually we were carted (not gracefully with our baggage) onto a street car, which dropped us at our mystery dinner location, The Harbourfront Centre, where we began setting up our tables for the evening.
After a few photo ops, Dana and I poured our wine and then went off to explore some of the tables being set up.
This table near us had arrived as a group, and were setting out gorgeous flower arrangements and a seafood buffet.
This signaled the start of the dancing and fun! The party continued until 11pm, at which point diners were invited to the after party at a local bar. Unfortunately, a Thursday night event means we had to head home to make sure we were ready for work the next day.
I had such an incredible time at this event. I recommend visiting the Diner en Blanc website, and looking for an event near you to attend! Get on the waiting list for tickets now if you're interested for next year, or contact a friend who attended to receive an invite through them.
It's a magical night!