Diner en Blanc first started in Paris 30 years ago, when Francois Pasquier invited a group of friends to picnic in the park. So they could easily find each other, he advised everyone to wear white.
In 2011, his son decided the bring the event to the United States and that’s when Diner en Blanc Philadelphia’s co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran first learned of it. “We decided to start planning the first Philadelphia Diner en Blanc for 2012,” says Moran.
I admit, I was confused by the concept of Diner en Blanc at first. I have to spend money to buy all white attire, bring my own white table, chairs and food, and then pay a $45 entrance fee? I was pretty skeptical about the whole thing, especially considering a charity wasn’t involved directly. The money from ticket sales actually goes toward covering event costs, although Diner en Blanc does donate tickets to local charities every year to be auctioned off — something I later learned from DiBona and Moran.
But before casting judgement, I had to experience it for myself and invited my friend Becca to join me. She was up for the challenge and, with a little teamwork, we prepared for the event without stressing too much.