How does a messy eater prepare for the biggest “white” outdoor picnic of the year? THIS is what is running through my mind as I prepare to attend Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia. On Thursday, August 22, 2013, me and twenty-three hundred of my closest friends will celebrate and re-purpose a highly visible public space by enjoying a night filled with food, wine, fashion, culture and music. This will be my first Dîner en Blanc experience and I am anxiously preparing for what will certainly be a night to remember.
Here’s the basics of Dîner en Blanc. All participants are asked to dress elegantly in white, from head to toe, as well as bring an epicurean feast, chairs, fine china, silverware, white tablecloth and elegant table decor. While the accessories and fashions are white, the event is green and eco-friendly, leaving the public space exactly as it was found. When it is time to leave, guests pack up their belongings, pick up all their litter and head to the official after party, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry. Visually breathtaking moments will include the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance.
I am currently on the hunt for the perfect white dress as well as white clothes for my husband. I am also assembling our white tableware, silverware and tablescaping to make sure our space looks absolutely perfect. For our outdoor picnic style meal I am thinking crudite, a cheese and fruit platter, maybe a light salad or some crostini, bubbly water, and of course a fabulous bottle of wine or champagne and decadent desserts (more on my menu as we get closer to the event).
But, here’s the deal. I FEAR the white.
I am not the most delicate of eaters and the idea of wearing white from head to toe makes me cringe with nervousness. Fortunately, I plan to have a secret weapon in my picnic basket to ensure my dining al fresco experience is not ruined by a careless stain – Tide. Tide recently introduced the Tide to Go Stain Eraser—the Tide to Go pen’s counterpart for on-the-go food lovers. Tide to Go Stain Eraser is specifically designed to remove tough stains. It contains a micro-fiber pad that breaks down stains and absorbs them, getting rid of even the greasiest stains. And, best of all, these individually packaged disposable pads are small enough to fit in my picnic basket discreetly so they can accompany me during my Diner en Blanc experience. I already placed them in my picnic basket to make sure I don’t forget them because these stain removers are really impressive and if I need an emergency clean up, I know they will do the job.
I have a little over a month to prepare for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. Stay tuned as I share with you my menu plans for the greatest outdoor picnic of the summer, perhaps a fashion question or two as well as a recap of the event. As an aside – do you know how hard it is to find a white dress this time of the year? I did find a white dress but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Make sure to follow me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/gigglesgobblesandgulps as I will likely be posting my dress options there and will certainly count on you guys, my loyal readers, to help me make the perfect wardrobe decisions.
Want to know more about Dîner en Blanc? Check out some of these great posts:
- Her Philly has everything you need to know about Diner en Blanc.
- EcoIncognito talks all about Diner en Blanc inspiration
- Philly Loves Fun chats with the event co-chair Natanya
Dîner en Blanc is a BYOB and therefore all participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information and to sign up for the waiting list, visit philadelphia.dînerenblanc.info
Hope to see you at Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia and if you find yourself with a stain on your white outfit during the event, come find me. I will have Tide to Go Stain Eraser in my picnic basket.
I received samples of Tide to Go Stain Eraser. Opinions are my own.