Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia Preview Party – 2015

Dîner en Blanc is all about tradition. From the napkin wave to the sparklers to the the secret location and the dress code, we love our customs. One of our very favorites, however, is the announcement of the picnic’s date at our annual Preview Party. In the past, we’ve hosted it at Williams-Sonoma to great fanfare. This year, though, with the growth of the picnic, we also had to allow our Preview Party some space to grow. And grow it did.

Thankfully, we managed to snag the perfect spot at South Street Headhouse District’s beautiful Shambles, which made the ideal open-aired backdrop to a festive evening on June 9th celebrating Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhoods through our annual table decorating contest, the incredible caterers for this year, and, of course, the vendors and entertainment Dîner en Blanc so very magical!

The folks from DiBruno Brothers kept the cheese and meats flowing!

The team from Di Bruno Brothers kept the cheese and meats flowing!

Our fashion-forward friends from Duke & Winston helped us announce the date of this year’s picnic true-to-style, in beautiful white shirts, as well as our hashtag #DEBPHL15 (spread it like wildfire!)

Clearly, we were excited.

Clearly, we were excited.

DJ Sean Smoove kept the tunes going all evening as guests were treated to an evening of tasty treats and magical table settings. Our wonderful caterers for the evening included Garces Events, Luke Palladino Catering, and a wonderful spread from Di Bruno Brothers.

Garces Catering

Garces Catering

The Garces chocolate chip cookies with sea salt were a HUGE hit!

The Garces chocolate chip cookies with sea salt were a HUGE hit!

Luke Palladino himself, doling out samples to hungry DEB fans

Luke Palladino himself, doling out samples to hungry DEB fans

We were also treated to some adult beverages courtesy of DEB sponsor Apothic Wines.

A bottle of red... A bottle of white

A bottle of red… A bottle of white

Our main event, of course, was the annual table decorating contest and this year, the competition was fierce. So fierce, in fact, that we had to bring judges in from all walks of life (and industry): Anuj Gupta from Reading Terminal Market, artist and fashion maven Denise Fike, Gregory Augustine from August Interiors, Sheena Lester, Arts and Culture editor from Philadelphia Weekly, and Tom Hawthorn from The Shops at Liberty Place.

With the theme of Iconic Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the teams really went all out.

Marsha Flowers representing Kensington/Fishtown

Marsha Flowers Events representing Kensington/Fishtown

Claudia Roux of Petit Jardin en Ville representing Society Hill

Claudia Roux of Petit Jardin en Ville representing Society Hill

Kendall Halpern and Jessica Mogardo bringing Chinatown to the table

Kendall Halpern and Jessica Mogardo bringing Chinatown to the table

Lee Shuman & Sydney Waldron representing Graduate Hospital

Lee Shuman & Sydney Waldron representing Graduate Hospital

Marie Fritz channeling Rittenhouse Square

Marie Fritz channeling Rittenhouse Square

Cristina Petrescu’s Logan Square table

Cristina Petrescu's Logan Square table

Tanti Lina and Carolina Park from PAPERTINI bringing Fairmount culture to their table

The People’s Choice award went to Laura Eaton and Stacey Gross from Soiree Philadelphia and sWg Events, who collaborated on this marvelous Old City table.

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But the Judge’s Choice went to Nadine Louw and Lianna Liss from Flowers & Co., who brought Northern Liberties to life through their creative table setting.

Table6To the winners go the glory… but also, the prizes!

Talk about swag

Talk about swag

We would like to thank our generous donors for their contributions to our winners:

We wouldn’t be able to keep this epic contest going without each of them, and appreciate their support more than words can describe!

To everyone who came out, hope you were able to enjoy a little taste (literally) of what’s to come August 20th. Don’t worry, we’ve got more surprises up our sleeves, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter, and get excited for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia 2015!

One thought on “Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia Preview Party – 2015

  1. Can’t wait for this year’s event. Preview celebration looked Great. My calendar is marked for August 20th. Have been having withdrawal symptoms missing last year’s event due to the death of Wanda’s brother.

    Thank you for throwing the most Fabulous Celebration in Philly!!!

    Delilah

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