event: dîner en blanc

‘Twas two nights before summer, when all through Centennial Park people dressed in white started stirring, right before dark.

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Fairy lights flicked on, giant lanterns glowing, and soon the crowds were growing and growing.

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A sorbet sunset simmered and the champagne popped as the people danced to harpists playing where giant bunnies hopped.

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We sang the start of our party in the park, waived our napkins in the air, we are so close to summer and without a care.

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We ate candied walnuts and paired focaccia with olives, we loved who we loved and lovers locked loving lips.

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We had fifty dollar bills, we put our hands up, held sparklers in our hands and drank wine from plastic cups.

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The harpist long gone, the DJ on pause ’til next year, we packed our picnics, admired stars in a night sky so clear.

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And one by one we fluttered out of sight, it had become the day before summer, after such a spectacular night.

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Diner en Blanc is an annual picnic held at a new secret location each year. It’s a night which celebrates people, food, and fashion. And this year was a celebration of both women and men’s style in Australia.

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This year Diner en Blanc was held in the Centennial Parklands, Sydney and for the third year in a row I had the pleasure of spending the evening with my boyfriend and our closest friends. To register for 2015 you can check out their Facebook page for more information.

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Thank you to the wonderful James Skelton for most of these photographs.

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2 thoughts on “event: dîner en blanc

  1. What a fun looking event! I have never seen anyone do something like thi sin the San Francisco Area. I run a picnic planning company in San Jose and would love to try to throw my own type of party like this. I could plan it out and then make it a ticket entry event. Thank you for sharing. I love gathering ideas.

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