Alfresco Dining under the stars all in white
|Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2013|
We attended the 2nd Annual Diner en Blanc Philadelphia event, a few weeks ago. As with the first DEB event in Philly, it was a magical spectacle. The secret location was kept from us until the last possible minute - all the way as we were riding a train to 30th Street Station, until we walked upon the street at JFK Boulevard - the location was a mystery. 2,500 people came out to enjoy a gorgeous evening in Philadelphia, along the bridge over the Schuylkill River, with a backdrop of the majestic 30 Street Train Station a one end and a view of the Philadelphia Skyline and City Hall in front of us.
|All Roads Lead to Diner en Blanc!|
I waited a few weeks to write a post and share photos from the event for 2 reasons. One, I took so many photos that I just didn't know what to do with them! I wanted to, and I am in the midst of creating a video montage of the photos. My sound on my computer is down, so I can't set the video to music, which is what makes my "music videos" so special. The second reason why I haven't posted about the night is because I knew we were going to attend another event, in Collingswood. I figured I'd do a dual post, comparing and contrasting the two parties. Since the 2nd white dinner party took place last night (Saturday, September 7th) I'm inspired enough to share my experiences. I still have too many photos. I've culled down to the absolute best. The full photo album from both events is on my Flickr Feed - which can be viewed here.
|Our table-scape - we used all white china and milk glass|
Over-all it was a visually stunning night but I felt something lacking in the over-all experience. Some of that was due to the fact that it is so hard for me to stay in the moment and not feel the need to document everything. That's why I have so many photos - I was too busy trying to "capture" the event that I wasn't living and enjoying the event. I'm glad we attended this year's Diner en Blanc. I lovely time. The highlight of the night was getting interviewed by Qweer to The T's podcast radio show. I was a tad tipsy but I was having fun. I was definitely in the moment during the interview!
|Debbie, Me, Liz and LeAnne - ready for a night out in Collingswood!|
|Dining in White, Collingswood Style|
|An intimate and cozy affair - that managed to be unique|
|Aglow in the candlelight|
I chose not to be involved in the Collingswood Gala. I wanted to attend as a guest so that I could enjoy myself and not feel stressed about being a volunteer organizer. I didn't want to jeopardize my professional relationship with the Diner en Blanc coordinator. I also was keenly aware of being present and enjoying myself and our company. Yes, I still took a lot of photos, but I had a great time. I danced, I mingled. We chatted with our table mates, walked around and ran into people we know.
|Denise Fike - sketch artist for the night|
|Sketch by Denise Fike of Denise Fike Designs - Liz, me, and our friend, Debbie|