It’s almost that time (Aug. 7)

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

Here is a shoutout to all of the people that tell me that say they are interested in going to “Diner en Blanc Pittsburgh.” The date has been announced, mark your calendars for Sept. 13. Now I’m sure your next question is where it will be. I can’t tell you that and it’s because I don’t know. According to their website, at the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place.

Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. I’ve seen some people do some detective work and try and figure out where “the big white party” will be held. This year is year five and I’ll be excited to see this year’s location. Actually the location is the least of your worries.

Once again I am sharing with you all of the things you will need to do to make this an enjoyable experience. First you need to register. Go to and register and pay your fee. It is not a free event and if you go to the website you will find out what the fee covers. One thing that I will tell you is a portion of the fee covers the location costs. Planning a big event like this is not easy or cheap. Let’s talk about the details. We spoke about dressing in white and yes, white means white, not beige or cream. I say be as fly or sharp or extra as you like. Who knows, you may win a prize for your attire.

This party is your opportunity to go over the top and that is what I love about it. Plan your meal that you’re going to bring and I recommend that you bring it in something that has wheels. Remember you will bring your meal, table linens, dishes and flatware in white, white cloth napkins for the napkin wave and don’t forget a lighter to light your sparkler. And you will bring your own table and chairs. Thirty minutes before the event takes place you will find out from your team leader where to go and you will walk from your waiting area to the location. Your team lead will instruct you how and where to set up your table and chairs. This is not like going to Highland Park for Sunday Jazz and setting up your stuff wherever you like. When you register you will be assigned to a group and then you will find out where to meet prior to the main event. It is to be a uniform set up. Once it is done it is a sight to see. I have enjoyed each Diner en Blanc that I have attended and this year will be number four for me. If you plan to attend follow the rules and have fun. Look for me and my camera.

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