|Chinese lanterns: a must have table topping for Diner en Blanc :)|
|A costume designer consultant and her dreadlocked date!|
|If you look closely, you can spot Zeus.|
|Creative spray painted pineapple centrepiece!|
|One of the many entertainers hired to keep picnic goers amused throughout the event|
|My favourite centrepieces of the evening|
|My date and his new ride (he wishes!)|
|Mary Poppins meets all-white disco party look?|
|They space travelled from the 18th Century|
|A table leader gathering her crew before entering|
|Acrobat putting our ticket money to good use!|
|This year I wore a Zara cover-up over a nude slip with nude pumps. The pearl necklace on my forehead a friend gifted me from Burma and my pearl chokers are vintage!|
|BC Place made for a nice backdrop at the Concord Pacific|
|Science world and the harbour behind one of the lounge areas, which had blow-up couches and a DJ|
|Hanging out with some giant balloons! Some of which escaped into the harbour that night!|
Diner en Blanc Vancouver took place at the Concord Pacific this year on Thursday, August 18, 2016. This was my fourth year taking part in the uber annual picnic party, and this year my attendance helped set a record! Approximately 7,000 of us gathered and broke the record for largest dinner gathering held in Canada. This event gets larger and larger every year so that record will be broken again soon enough!
So what flair did Vancouver bring to the all-white party? There was definitely a larger portion of attendees dedicated to wearing costume attire and with performances by acrobatics and dancers donned in white paint, I would say this was the Cirque de Soleil of Diner en Blancs. It was a nice twist on a classic and fitting for Vancouver, which is a city full of strange characters. I can confidently say after my experience of living in Vancouver for a year, that it is bursting at the seams with weirdos. I probably fit in well!
Every year, due to the sheer size and logistical challenges of a secret location, there are some frustrations everyone experiences throughout the evening. This year, there was only one bar set up to give attendees their vino. At Diner en Blanc you cannot bring your own alcohol so virtually all 7,000 of us had to line up at one bar, staffed by maybe 10 people. I ended up just wandering taking pictures for an hour, before cutting in line and waiting about 30 minutes for my two bottles (ticket purchasers are limited to two bottles per two tickets). Henceforth I shall refer to this as the DEB Wine Fiasco 2016. The variety of settings, music, and entertainment at the Concord Pacific, definitely helped make this year a winner in my books (although every year wins, even when it rains! *cough* Calgary *cough*).
|Diner en Blanc Calgary, 2013|