Some Enchanted Evening

I would happily have stopped bingeing Bloodline to attend a dinner party at the Place Vendôme. The location is revealed just before show time to invited guests (read friends of friends), and transportation to the stately and ever-changing venues is available only by public transport. But how to wrangle an invitation to this top-secret annual event, with attendance in Paris reported this year to be 7,000?

diner en blanc 2016

White attire only and BYO table and chairs. Not to mention the “gourmet meal for two” and “cloth-napkins” stipulated on the Le Dîner En Blanc official Web site. Despite the toil and trouble, these folks are clearly having the time of their lives — take a look at the gallery videos to see for yourself.

Fascination gave way to envy as I wondered what happened to my invitation this year, but never mind that. I’ll be keeping mid-June open in 2017 as I check my inbox on a daily basis. Paris, are you listening?

— Linda


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