Hold on to your DIY table settings, Diner en Blanc is returning to New York for its 8th edition.
On September 17, 6,500 guests — the most for a U.S. Diner en Blanc ever — will be lead from designated meeting points to the secret location, dressed fully in white, their tables, chairs, food, and decor in tow. As always, the location will be iconic: Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, Battery Park, and the former World Financial Center plaza are a few spots from years past.
If you are one of the lucky few to have a ticket (in 2016, there were 45,000 people on the wait list), you’ll want to plan your food and table decor thoroughly for the unspoken who-DIY’d-it-best competition: three-course home-cooked meals, take-out moved from plastic to porcelain, sweets on tiered serving platters, twinkle lights raised above tables, flower arrangements, and wooden trellises. White top hats, capes, custom-made body suits, wedding gowns, crop tops and white leather skirts, canes — every outfit you can imagine, all in white.
For those who don’t want to cook, Michelin-starred chef Marc Forgione will also be curating four picnic baskets for guests to purchase for dinner when they register to attend Diner en Blanc. Alcohol is available for purchase on site.
Registration for the event opens in several phases: the first phase concerns the guests of the 2017 edition who want to return for the 2018 edition, the second phase opens to the people recommended by those registered in the first phase, and the third phase concerns the people registered on the waiting list (register here).