Dîner en Blanc is spectacle to behold. Held in over 70 cities across the globe with 150,000 members worldwide, it is a pop-up picnic held in a public space in the city, where invited guests ‘flash-gather’ to enjoy an elegant meal together – and depart, leaving no trace behind. The catch? A) the location is unknown to guests until the evening of the event, B) Guests must be dressed in all white, and C) Guests bring their own food, dishware, and glassware and white table, chairs, and linens.
That last part may give you pause. If the guests provide the picnic themselves? What is left for the event planner to do? Let us count the ways…
The rules to host an official Dîner en Blanc don’t just apply to the guests. Planners must follow a strict playbook of how the evening must play out created by Dîner en Blanc International. The first order of business is selecting and permitting an ideal public location. The inaugural event was held at iconic Myrtle Edwards Park on Seattle’s Elliott Bay waterfront.
While an elegant picnic in a park with friends may make for a lovely evening, an unforgettable one required planning and infrastructure. A large section of the park was gated off and secured to host the 1,000 invited guests. CRG outfitted the event space with power, lighting, security, restrooms, a sound system, and selected entertainment and photo booths to round out the experience. And because not everyone has an epicurean knack, CRG sourced a caterer that provided to-go meals onsite for those who chose to order in advance – as part of the registration process. To time the arrival of all the guests at once, four departure points were stationed around Seattle. At the magic hour of unveiling, guests boarded the coaches with their picnic items in tow.
Following the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ style of the event, guests were charged with setting up their table upon arrival. Table placement was measured and mapped out ahead of time by CRG, and groups were given clear direction on where to set up – resulting in some of the straightest lines of tables seen in Dîner en Blanc!
The event kicked off with the official napkin waving, followed by dinner, and then a sparkler lighting to commence the dance party. With CRG’s impeccable planning and the applaudable effort of each guest in attendance, the evening was nothing short of magical. Picture an achromatic sea of people, elegantly dressed and surrounded by Seattle’s finest features – views of Mt Rainer, a sailing regatta in Elliott Bay, and a sunset over the Olympic Mountain range.
Dîner en Blanc Seattle
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