This past Thursday I attended Diner en Blanc Vancouver. Diner en Blanc is an event that was started in Paris over 30 years ago. It is, essentially, a mass picnic in a secret location. Everyone wears all white and brings their picnic supplies to the location that is revealed to them that tonight. This event takes place in dozens of cities all over the world. At Diner En Blanc in Vancouver this year, there were over 6,000 people.
I expected the evening to be pretty fun – but it definitely exceeded my expectations! It was really interesting to have so many people all gathered together. I met a ton of people and loved all the acrobat & music performances. If you saw my instagram stories from Thursday night, you’ll no doubt have seen how stunning the view itself was as the sun set over false creek!
Knowing that I had to be in all white, but also that I’d be carrying picnic things, I wanted to be comfortable. I bought this dress in Athens a few years back and I just adore it. I picked up these flats for FIVE DOLLARS at Ardene Thursday night before the event. Ardene is my go to place for last minute cheap accessories. These shoes were super comfy and the perfect add on to this all-white outfit.
I also wanted to share some tips for anyone planning on attending a Diner en Blanc event next year:
1. Wear Flats
I cannot emphasize this enough. Bring heels to change into if you want them for your look, but wear flats to begin with. Since you have an assigned meeting spot and then head to the secret location, you don’t know how much walking you’ll have to do. It’s not worth the risk!
2. Bring Water
You may end up waiting at your pick-up location for quite some time depending how far from the secret location you are. (My friends and I were there for over an hour). Having some water on you will make this less painful.
3. Meet Your Neighbours!
Diner en Blanc is the ultimate social event. I was surprised at how chatty everyone was. The table set ups invite you to get to know the people beside you, and unlike at most events everyone is very interested in getting to know other people and learning about the people they are dining with. You’ll be surprised at the unique and awesome people you meet if you just branch out!
4. Plan Your Meal Wisely
In terms of what to bring for your picnic dinner, stick with foods that are enjoyable at room temperature. Nothing will stay particularly cold or hot in the hours of time leading up to the dinner. Pasta salad, quinoa salad, bread and cheese all make great choices.