Swarms of people, dressed entirely in white, flocked to Battery Park on Monday evening for one of the most anticipated events of the summer, Dîner en Blanc.
This dinner event requires all participants to dress exclusively in white and bring their own tables and chairs to create a pop-up party in exquisite locations all over the world. The location in downtown Manhattan allowed for scenery of some of the most iconic monuments in the area, including views of the Empire State Building, 1 World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty.
Dîner en Blanc attendees don their most fabulous outfits including lavish white hats, pearls, lace trim and even pill box hats with puffs of feathers. The night full of drinks, dancing and socializing is a great way for people to interact and be spontaneous, and this is no accident, according to Dîner en Blanc International creator, Sandy Safi.
The Dîner en Blanc party idea began as a French tradition but has expanded in the past few years thanks to the work of Safi. “There is no other event in the world that inspires friendship, elegance, creativity and the sense of sharing,” said Safi. “Each guest feels they are a part of a community that shares similar values. What is special about this evening is to see the conviviality that guests express not only to their friends but to everyone who is present.” Guests now travel all over the world to connect at these events and experience these moments in the different iconic locations.
We were so excited and impressed by this event that we tried to get a hint about where the next Dîner en Blanc might be, but a reluctant Safi unfortunately said, “It’s a surprise. My lips are sealed.”
Although we remain in the dark about the next location, we are now eagerly anticipating the next Dîner en Blanc, so stay tuned New Yorkers, and be ready!
-Photography by Daniel Serrette