I’m so excited to be pairing up again with my friend Jean for the 5th edition of Washington DC’s Diner en Blanc. This year, for its 5th anniversary, the event is going to be bigger and better than ever before, with more than 5,000 people gathering in a secret location somewhere in the city for a chic pique-nique under the stars.
This will be my 5th year as a group leader and I can’t wait to help 300 revelers enjoy this experience. You can read some of my previous Diner en Blanc coverage here: 2016 by the Lincoln Memorial , 2015 in New York City and the Carnegie Library. But if you want to participate this year, here are a few dates you need to keep on your calendar:
- July 31 @ 1PM – if you attended Diner en Blanc in D.C. last year a) how amazing was the location? b) you’ll be receiving a Phase 1 invite meaning you get first pick of meeting point and table leader. You’ll also be able to sponsor a friend for Phase 2. When you receive your invitation code, you should act on it pretty quickly (definitely before phase 2 opens!) as every single phase will sell out.
- August 6 – Diner en Blanc values people who have attended before and trust that their friends are equally as awesome as they are. That’s why previous participants are able to “sponsor” a friend to join the family every year. Those friends of Diner en Blanc members receive a Phase 2 invitation. Hopefully, they’ll still be able to register for the same departure point and table leader but some may have filled already. If that’s the case, definitely register for the same departure point if possible and plan on meeting up with your friends at the dinner or on the dance floor. Again, the spots available will fill up super quickly so you should sign up as soon as your receive the invitation code.
- August 9 – Phase 3 allows those on the wait list to try and get a spot for the diner. Unfortunately, the demand is great and many will be disappointed and unable to register. To make the system go a little smoother, phase 3 registration is split alphabetically between morning and afternoon.
And of course, the most important to remember is August 25, when the diner will take place. If you’ve never attended, I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have in the comments. I also wrote a few little guides to help first time participants in particular make sense of all the rules (let’s call them guidelines shall we?) and tackle the shopping list, which can seem overwhelming if you have to purchase everything (though table/chair/silverware rentals are an option again this year) you need to bring with you.
- The Only 10 Things You Need For A Successful Diner en Blanc
- The Best Ikea Products for Diner en Blanc (yes, it can all be done for less than $70!)
Hope to see you dressed all in white on August 25!