Diner En Blanc x Rent the Runway

D.C. Blogger Alicia Tenise in the Nicholas Tiered Lace Dress from Rent the Runway

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Dress: ℅ Rent the Runway | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Kendra Scott ℅ Mosaic District | Bracelets: Kendra Scott ℅ Mosaic District | Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics ‘Ruby Woo’

Alright, y’all. This right here is probably the longer, more image-heavy posts I’ve ever done in my 5 years of blogging, but stick with me guys. I promise it’s good stuff.

If you follow me on Snapchat (username: aliciatenise), you probably saw that I was at an all-white extravaganza over the weekend. What on earth were you doing, you ask? I was at Dîner en Blanc, which is a pop up dinner party that’s celebrated worldwide. The tradition started in Paris, and most major cities across the globe have their own version. Let me fill you in on a few Dîner en Blanc questions I was asked on Snapchat this weekend!

  1. What’s the deal with Dîner en Blanc?

    First things first: it’s an invite only event. You can sign up to be on the waitlist to score an invite, or if you know someone who’s a table leader you might be able to wiggle your way in as well.

    It’s an all white affair that’s held once a year, typically in the summer. It’s BYOE — bring your own everything. This is a true pop up dinner. The chairs, the tables, the plates, cups, food: you name it, you tote it along. After dinner is over, a DJ comes along and you dance the rest of the night away.

    Now, you don’t know where on earth the event is being held until the day of. There are a few designated meeting points around town and you walk to the dinner location with your Table Leader. This year it was held at the Lincoln Memorial, which I could not be happier about!

  2. How do you plan your own menu and tablescape?

    I went with my friend Julien, who attended DEB last year, and she had an amazing, super easy and cost effective suggestion for a meal. I grabbed a baguette, cheese and fruit, while she made some amazing angel hair pasta. I only spent $20 on food, and it was super easy to tote around!

    You can order prepackaged meals from Diner En Blanc that you can pick up on site if you don’t want to prepare your own meal, but expect to drop between $75-95 for dinner for two. I knew I was not interested in dropping that much dough, so the homemade option worked out better for us!

    As far as the table decor went, since we were carrying everything, we wanted to keep the decor simple. We picked up these stunning roses in a box from The Flower Luxe, and they were not only stunning, but super easy to transport as well! Roses in a box scream Parisian, so they were a perfect fit for our event. I also saw someone drop a glass vase on our way to the site, so flowers in boxes > flowers in glass vases for sure! 

  3. What do you wear?

    All white everything. You can get away with neutral shoes and accessories, but don’t try to add a crazy accent color to your ensemble!

    This year, I chose to wear Rent the Runway for this event. I have 2 white dresses in my closet at the moment, and I’ve worn both of them to death this summer. Therefore, I wanted something fresh and glamorous to wear to this classy event!

    I stopped by Rent the Runway’s Georgetown Store and set up an appointment with one of their stylists. When I saw the Nicholas Tiered Lace Dress, I just knew it had to be mine! I tried on a few other pieces, but me and my stylist both agreed that the Nicholas dress was a showstopper. Seriously, I’m kind of depressed I had to send it back!

Anyway, DEB D.C. was a magical night, and I can’t wait until next year to attend another one! Have any of you been to a Diner En Blanc before?

Photos by Julien

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  1. Ashley Hargrove wrote:

    That dress is AMAZING!!!!!

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  2. Two Peas in a Prada wrote:

    This dress looks like it was made for you. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  3. Jaime wrote:

    Ummmm, this is amazing!!! I can’t believe it’s the first time hearing about this dinner event! What an amazing idea!! And your dress is killer! I love RTR and use them all the time for events! xo

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  4. Nina wrote:

    Sounds like so much fun! And you look gorgeous in that dress!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  5. Kamara H wrote:

    That dress is so stunning – you look elegant and so feminine. Gorgeous!


    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  6. You look gorgeous, that dress is stunning! The event sounds amazing.

    Lee Anne

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  7. Shelby wrote:

    AH! First, you look AMAZING! This dress is so good. Second, I definitely saw all of your snaps and DEB looks SO cool!


    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  8. Looks like you had an amazing time! Love your dress 🙂

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  9. this dinner looks amazing and you in that dress… pure perfection! Gorgeous!!

    xx, Elise

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  10. Looks like you had such a great time, I love that dress is gorgeous!


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  11. Greta Hollar wrote:

    This dress is SO stunning on you! So beautiful!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  12. Rachel Golden wrote:

    That dress looks absolutely stunning on you! I’ve heard of Diner En Blanc parties before, but I never knew you had to bring EVERYTHING. I had assumed the tables and stuff were provided! It definitely looks like a good time, though. 🙂

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  13. Lauren Oliver wrote:

    You look so amazing, and that dress is absolutely beautiful! Lovin’ these photos and this event sounds like such a great time!


    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  14. Anna English wrote:

    Such a pretty dress, love the details!

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  15. Ashley Garza wrote:

    Beautiful, Alicia! That dress was made for you!!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  16. Jenny wrote:

    Such a beautiful dress! You look so stunning.

    xoxo, Jenny

    Posted 9.1.16 Reply
  17. Patricia Conte wrote:

    What a great event! Sounds like so much fun! That dress! Those shoes! Absolutely fabulous!

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  18. sandyalamode wrote:

    holy wow that dress is STUNNING!!!!!!

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  19. Joules wrote:

    That dress is perfect for a white party!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  20. That party looks absolutely AMAZING! What a fun night! And that dress looks fantastic on you!

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  21. You and Julien both look stunning! Love your cost cutting tips. It seems so exclusive and pricey, but not so bad!


    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  22. Lindsey Maestas wrote:

    You look stunning and that dress is amazing! I love the Diner en Blanc events!!

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  23. Diane A. wrote:

    Your dress is gorgeous!! You look amazing!!

    Posted 9.2.16 Reply
  24. KatieCarlson721 wrote:

    Wow, gorgeous! I love that dress on you!

    Posted 9.3.16 Reply
  25. Angelle Marix wrote:

    You look stunning in this dress! It is gorgeous!!


    Posted 9.4.16 Reply
  26. The whole concept of this event is SO cool! Intriguing that its an invite only and in so many cities around the world! LOVE your dress!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 9.4.16 Reply
  27. Miss Angie wrote:

    You’re gorgeous, and that dress is stunning too!

    Posted 9.5.16 Reply