Last August I was at metro Square Victoria OAC. I was hot and sweaty and let's just say rather unkempt.
The metro pulled in, the doors opened and out swarmed some of the most beautiful, poised, well-dressed people I've ever laid eyes on. Every last one of them, from the 20-year-old college kid to the 90-year-old man with his cane, was dressed head to toe in white. Not ivory, not off-white. Crisp, cool white.
Ah yes, it was that time of year. I was getting a tiny glimpse into what the incredibly chic Dîner En Blanc Montreal party must be like. And I've never wanted to use the word 'dapper' more.
Dîner en Blanc might be the most anticipated party of the year, with a waiting list of thousands, it is also the most exclusive. And it's back in Montreal August 22nd.
Thousands of party-goers, dressed only in white, descend on a public Montreal space to dine and dance (but with the utmost decorum) at what is heralded as a "chic picnic."
The rules are as strict as the guest list: guests must dress in all white, with no exceptions. The party encourages ingenuity and creativity, couture not Halloween.
A square folding table, measuring exactly between 28 and 32 inches (71 and 81 cm) and two white folding chairs must be brought, along with a white picnic basket, white table cloth and napkins and everything one would need to set a high-society table.
Though it's not a competition, a lot of thought and detail go into creating a visually perfect table. Everything about this event is focused on a love of beauty and style. And that right there is what makes it so magical.
The location is kept hidden from guests until mere moments before the event.
There are only three methods for getting an invite:
1. By being part of the Hosts or Leaders’ personal network and getting invited by them,
2. By knowing someone who is already registered and having them sponsor you,
3. Or signing up to the waiting list....and crossing your fingers
The organizers of Dîner En Blanc will be announcing the menus for this year's event on their site.
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Here's everything you need to know.
WHAT: Dîner En Blanc
WHEN: August 22nd
WHERE: Guests will receive the secret location shortly before the event