• Monday , 19 February 2018

Dîner en Blanc Steps Up Fifth Anniversary to Art Museum

Photos, story by Deja Cromartie

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia celebrated its fifth anniversary with an unforgettable evening filled with elegance, food, art and music. The Art Museum was transformed into a beautiful “All American Paris.” There were about 5,000 people adorned in white clothing and accessories that taking photos with the Rocky Statue as well as running up and down the infamous Rocky Steps. The view was also a beautiful sight once everyone was set up with their tables.

Diner En Blanc sign

People setting up tables while the sun begins to set.

People setting up tables while the sun begins to set.

Sprinkling of white throughout the Art Museum area.

Sprinkling of white throughout the Art Museum area.

Everyone getting set up for the night.

Everyone getting set up for the night.

As a first time attendee of Dîner en Blanc, I was really impressed by the table decor. There was a lot of lighting, crystals, and beautiful flowers. Here are a few of my favorite tables:





The Diner En Blanc fashion was also top notch. While people were only limited to white attire, they were still creative and on trend. Check out a few of these crisp white looks:


Casual chic attire with the balloons that escaped around midnight.


These ladies opted for the classic look.


Explore Philly Publisher Cassie Helper had a blast!


Who doesn’t love a quick selfie especially on the Art Museum steps.


Even the DNC donkey was styled for the special occasion.


Such a cute, dapper couple.

There was also some really cool entertainment to keep to Diner En Blanc guests excited. From women on stilts, jugglers and of course a DJ to keep the crowd moving.


The performers were great.


A live band, tres French!

A French game to play on the steps.

A French game to play on the steps.

Someone was painting the scene on the Art Museum steps.

Someone was painting the scene on the Art Museum steps.


A couple having fun and slow dancing was so sweet.


My favorite part of the night was seeing people light up their sparklers. It was such a beautiful sight.

Overall, I had a great time attending the event for the the first time. The only recommendation I would make would be in regards to the portable potties. It was a bit of a challenge to use them with my beautiful white dress! It would be great if for next year’s event, the planning team for Diner En Blanc upgrades to luxury ones. For a ticket that at minimum costs $75 per person, and you have to bring your own food and table, that this would be the exception of having nicer bathrooms.

More photos, story by Lou Perri

Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier nearly 30 years ago, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now assembles over 10,000 guest every year, with a record 15,000 people attending the 25th anniversary in 2013. The French capital’s most prestigious sites have played host the event over the years: The Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l’Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Le Louvre Pyramid, Trocadéro Esplanade, and the Palais Royal Garden! The Paris police continue to tolerate this ‘wild’ gathering, if not perhaps even wishing they could join in.

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Until next year, bonsoir!


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