White is and always will be my favorite color. It gives a sensational feeling of simplistic purity, positivity, lightness and goodness. So imagine a dinner of 3000 guests all dressed in white, with everything else in white to boot — it would thrill me to no end. Like a gathering of angels, all ready to bring heaven’s party down to earth :)
This is Dîner en Blanc, literally French for “Dinner in White”.
It’s really actually a (very) glamorous “pop-up picnic”, a tradition that started years ago in a French park with some friends. Now it is an annual event held in cities across the world.
Here are some of the novel, and challenging, aspects of Dîner en Blanc that make it all the more fun:
- Strictly invitation only
- Volunteer leaders help organize and guide their assigned groups of diners
- Secret location is only revealed on the day itself as groups travel to the venue together
- Everyone must bring (and carry!) their own food, tables, chairs and decorations
- Diners are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and leaving the outdoor location as pristine as before
I was super excited to attend Singapore’s third edition, having missed the previous two years due to other commitments!
Step 1: Get the right outfit and accessories
Step 2: Converge at my group’s meeting point, which was at Marina Bay.
Lugging along white tables, chairs plus plates, cutlery, candles, food proved to be no mean feat…
Thankfully I had my friend Rob help in the heavy lifting! ;)
Step 3: Listen carefully to your leader who is trying hard to get your attention by standing precariously on a chair.
After all, he’s doing everything for you out of the kindness and generosity of his heart.
Step 4: After a long and rowdy bus journey… arrival at Tanjong Beach Sentosa.
I guessed correctly that this would be the venue! Because from clues given to us before — romantic / message in a bottle, it most certainly seemed like a beach, by the ocean. And Tanjong Beach is naturally the prettiest and most “atas” choice, lol.
Step 4: Set up time
Being on inclined sand, made it that much tougher, and messier, compared to previous years I’m sure.
If you’re going to do something, do it the right way, and do it all the way. The Martha Stewart in me is definitely alive and well, as I wanted to make sure we had everything we needed for a gorgeous table setting. Well everything was mostly done the night before to be honest, haha.
Funny story is, we realized at the last minute that our table cloth was more beige than white, and of course that would simply not do. So began a panic drive to Spotlight literally half an hour before our group’s departure time, to purchase a crisp, white table cloth! Mission impossible completed.
I arranged the entire table setting, scattered some flowers here and some candles there, tada! It was my first time and I’m admittedly quite pleased with my effort ^.^
Dinner party at my place anyone?
Finally, sitting down for a rest.
Step 5: Spot the Guest of Honor.
In this case, a pregnant Fann Wong. Always exciting to see her, I was a fan as a young girl.
Step 6: Eat, drink and be merry with sparklers
Rob made delicious seafood pasta and incredible tiramisu that all our friends couldn’t help stealing big bites of too! Thanks buddy for the amazing meal, it’s always nice to have a guy cook for a girl :)
Step 7: Enjoy fireworks. Party & dance the night away on the beach
Tida, Tida… I miss you!
Such a beautiful and happy evening. Such spectacular fun. That memory of a sea of revellers in white will be an unforgetable one.
Watch the official video:
Looking forward to next year’s Dîner en Blanc already.