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Diner en Blanc NYC 2012: Elegant Flash Feast Set For August 20

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 20, 2012 09:56 AM EDT

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The second Dîner en Blanc is set to take place in New York on Monday, August 20. However the location of this chic picnic is still unknown, which builds the excitement for this mystery event.

Thousands of people, all dressed in white, will meet at a secret location that will be announced at the last minute.  The guest list is limited to 3,200 for this not-to-miss event.

Le Dîner en Blanc, known as the world's first viral event, is an al fresco dinner party that is organized through word of mouth and social media. The location is never revealed until the day of the event. Even the time of the event is a secret. Invited guests are given certain meeting points, where they'll then be told where the secret dining location is.

Last year's Dîner en Blanc was held on the Lower Manhattan waterfront, outside the World Financial Center.

Those who were lucky enough to get an invite through word of mouth will be in attendance. Others who signed up for the waiting list may have a chance, but the chance is slim. Last year, there were 30,000 people on the waiting list. Last year only 1,200 were allowed to attend. This year's guest list has been expanded to 3,200.

The event takes on the flash mob idea, but instead of a dance, it's a organized dinner in a public spot. Guests must bring their own white tables and chairs. The tables are decorated with candelabras, candles and giant flower arrangements while guests eat off of fine china and polished silverware and drink from crystal glasses. The location is decorated with white balloons and guests get to enjoy live music throughout the feast. By 10:30 p.m, everyone packs up and not a trace of the event is left behind.

For those who didn't get an invite, seeing 3,200 people all dressed in white while sitting at white tables and chairs is still quite the site for those who will stumble upon this public elegant dining experience.

The Dîner en Blanc was started in Paris by a group of friends in 1988. Now, Paris' Dîner en Blanc brings in 15,000 people. It has been hosted at landmark spots like the Eiffel Tower site, the Château de Versailles, by the Louvre Pyramid and more.

These mystery dinners are now held in 22 cities across five continents. Before New York's event, the Dîner en Blanc was held in Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Munich, Zürich, Berlin, and Montreal.

For a list of possible locations where New York's feast will be held, Click Here.

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