Back in 2010, I was searching for something special for my husband Tolga’s birthday, when I got an email from an old client inviting me to be one of the “Gentil Organisateurs” (GO) to host a table for the first ever Le Dîner en Blanc in Seattle – A flash-mob style dinner where everyone dresses in white, appears at a public area without any official city permits. The location is quietly announced to the GO’s only 3 hours before the Dîner.
The most important rule, the “mob” must arrive at the same time! And we do, for the 4th year now, with a party that has grown to over 500 participants… equipped fully with tables and chairs, porcelain plates, white linens, and silverware. Tables are decorated with Balinese parasols, white summer flowers; women wearing whimsical head pieces, silk gloves, light up feather hats, men in tutus, white tuxedos, and anything else you can think of as long as it’s white.
The Dîner starts with everyone waving their napkins in the air and cheering. Each guest brings hor d’oeuvres, and delicious deserts to be served on beautiful platters, while champagne flows through fountains. As the sun is replaced by a beautiful moonlight (and this year it was the largest full moon of the season) candelabras are lit, people start dancing to the violin or the accordion, mingling, laughing, enjoying the summer evening, and our beautiful Seattle skyline.
During planning, I always complain how much work it is to put everything together, but while it’s happening, I’m truly mesmerized by the beauty of the evening… This year Le Dîner took place on Pier 62/63 which is scheduled to be demolished this fall – so we wanted say goodbye.
The waterfront was packed with people taking pictures with curiosity. One foreign tourist asked Tolga what this party was for, and Tolga responded that it was for speed dating, and asked if he wanted to join!! The man was so confused!!
The evening ended with sparklers true to tradition, while we all cheered and congratulated each other for this beautiful evening.