It’s hard to believe that another year of Diner en Blanc has commenced and this year festivities did not disappoint! The annual all white soirée took place at one of Philadelphia’s most beloved sights Boathouse Row. Yours truly, got to cover this memorable affair, getting the opportunity to witness, first hand, the abundance of sights and sounds with this historic landmark as backdrop! Many of the moments featured here were captured by the amazing photographer Joe of Joe Mac Creative ! Be sure to check him out as he does phenomenal work!
About Diner en Blanc
For those who have not had the opportunity to attend Diner en Blanc in the past – here’s a little bit of history on this annual affair. Launched over 30 years ago in Paris, France, Diner en Blanc is now an international event, hosting tens of thousands attendees each year, in major cities across the world. In the United States alone, nearly 30 cities host this extravagant soirée, with each location following the same general recipe: A secret location which is unannounced until attendees arrive and uninterrupted, elegant white attire. With tables and chairs, white table cloths and champagne in tow – guests are led to a “surprise location” where the festivities take place!
About Boathouse Row
As mentioned before, this year’s secret location was the infamous Boathouse Row. With structures dating back to the 19th century, this historic site is home to a small line of boathouses nestled against Kelly Drive. Outlined with string lights providing quite the evening view, you may have caught a glimpse of these infamous boathouses from I-76 as you make your way into Center City. Today, the boathouses are home to a number of Philadelphia-based rowing clubs ,who are able to take advantage of the landmark’s position alongside the Schuylkill river.
Leading up to the big night, I offered a few quick tips to attendees via my instagram feed to ensure they were prepared to make the most of the big night. Which is often true of Geo’s Table, the tips regarding food were the most popular. Having some fun engaging my followers, I was able to get some awesome recommendations for pastry shops and bakery. Feast Your Eyes catering provided some delicious catered bites for some attendees, and the pictures below highlight some of my personal faves from the event.
The Sights & Sounds
From bocce to a 360 degree photo booth, this year’s event was packed with festivities to keep guests entertained and spirits high! Performers for this years event included: Originaire, Melissa Dunphy, Etta’s Baby Boy – Project Philly and Justin The Magician- followed by the Dewdrop Society Band, DJ Mar, Great on Skates, and DJ Sean Smoove, The Event Poet, Rev Michael Alan Portraits, Dandy Wellington & Gin Minsky and, event favorite, Mad Beatz.
With a third year of attendance under my belt – I am excited to see what the future has in store for Diner en Blanc in Philadelphia and beyond. A special thanks to the team at Philly PR Girl for having me!
For more information regarding Diner en Blanc Philadelphia and how to snag an invite to next year’s event, please visit: philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com