Every year, 5,000 New Yorkers gather in various meeting locations throughout the Big Apple anxiously awaiting the reveal of a secret location for the fanciest picnic of all – Diner En Blanc.
If you read my post last year, you know all about this seriously swanky event. But if you didn’t, just imagine 5,000 strangers gathered under the moonlight, for an all-white epic DIY picnic. That’s right, revelers are required to bring their own food, drinks, table, seats, decor and everything else needed to set up a dashing dinner al fresco.
So this past Tuesday, for the second year in a row, I had opportunity to be one of those 5,000 New Yorkers. But days before, I started to plan. When I got the infamous email letting me know tickets would go on sale, there was a mad dash to get all my friends involved – 14 of them to be exact.
Once all their tickets were settled (yes, coordinating 14 people was definitely a challenge), it was time to start planning. This year, I knew I needed to take it up a notch – decorations and attire included. As the captain of my team, and with 14 people counting on me, there was no way I wasn’t going to make sure this was epic.
Over the course of the next several weeks, and with a very specific vision in mind, I began my planning. I went to every party supply and arts & crafts store in town, and of course, I hit up Etsy.com for my very fabulous (and show stopping) hat – it’s a must at DEB. The crazier the better! After all, the fashion is definitely fierce at this event.
After several weeks of anticipation (and an endless amount of email and text exchanges with my peeps), the day had arrived. At about 5:30 PM on Tuesday, August 22nd, as I joined my group at the Christopher Street stop assigned to us, I was eager to learn where this year’s posh picnic would be hosted.
Once most of our group had arrived, they headed to the subway with only one clue – Uptown. I stayed behind as I waited for some of the stragglers but before my team leader left, he told me to head to 66th street.
With that clue in mind, there was only one place it could be – Lincoln Center! I was ecstatic! I had been hoping and praying for a truly iconic location, and this was it!
After an anxious drive in traffic toward Lincoln Center, we finally arrived (quickly refreshed by the Uber’s AC – it’s a hassle lugging all those things across town!).
Once we got through security, it was time to set up shop. We’re talking 7 tables with decorations, linens, food… the works! Everyone chipped in and before we knew it, we were ready for our iconic napkin wave – a quintessential D.E.B. tradition. There were light up marquee letters spelling out D-E-B N-Y-C, a candelabra, goodie bags and the most beautiful backdrop to compliment it all – Lincoln Center. It was everything I had hoped it would be.
As we winded and dined, we met new friends and made new memories and as the sun set on New York City, I looked up and thanked my lucky stars for the opportunity to live in the greatest city in the world!