Courtesy of Jane Kratochvil/Diner en Blanc International/Amanda Fama
When it comes to fancy dinners, Dîner en Blanc definitely takes home the gold. The annual picnic — which is hosted by various cities across the globe — requires that guests meet at a secret location with their own food and drinks while wearing an all-white outfit (more about that later, though). As you could imagine, attendees spend months preparing for the chic event and cross their fingers for good weather. Unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn't cooperating this year, because Dîner en Blanc 2019 in New York City got rained out. It was still a blast, though, even though rainstorms and white clothing don't exactly mix.
This year's event, which was held in Rockefeller Park in Manhattan, began under an overcast sky. When I arrived, the rain held off for about an hour or so. But soon enough, the skies opened up and poured buckets and buckets of water onto the picnic-goers. The rain was fun (and pretty refreshing), until the entire event was canceled due to a massive storm. At the first clash of thunder, everyone was told to leave the site.
The New York Dîner en Blanc organizers provided at statement about the cancelation to Elite Daily, which states,
Dîner en Blanc is a rain or shine event. Organizers always monitor weather forecasts in each city, and given the possibility of inclement weather in New York [on July 17], we recommended that our guests bring umbrellas and be prepared for some rain, which they did. Unfortunately, there were thunderstorms and lighting in the vicinity, and the event was shut down for safety and security purposes. Our guests packed up and left in an orderly fashion, and we look forward to hosting future editions of Dîner en Blanc in NY.
Safety first, right?
Before the thunderstorm came rolling through, attendees kept the party going in the rain. After experiencing the wet AF event, I compiled a few tips that'll help you have fun when a fancy event like this goes wrong.