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PHOTOS: Check Out the Elaborate Outfits and Tablescapes at DC’s 2018 Dîner en Blanc

5,000 people dressed in all-white attended this year's pop-up picnic at Nationals Park
PHOTOS: Check Out the Elaborate Outfits and Tablescapes at DC’s 2018 Dîner en Blanc
Photography by Evy Mages.

Washingtonians donned all white for DC’s fifth annual Dîner en Blanc on Saturday. The pop-up picnic, which began in Paris and has spread to cities across six continents, was the District’s biggest yet with 5,000 attendees. The secret location? Nationals Park. As is custom, attendees find out the site of the dinner at the last minute, then descend with their own picnics, tables, and chairs in tow.

But given the security at the stadium, that meant lines to get in:

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Many attendees bring elaborate tablescapes with candles, lights, and curtains:

Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Participants wave white napkins in the air to kick off the meal:

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Tables were setup around the stadium, but not on the field.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Dîner en Blanc requires attendees to bring a “gourmet meal” with real cutlery and white tablecloths. That means no ballpark hot dogs.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

A band played on the field, but only a limited number of attendees were allowed down there at a time.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

Still, there was plenty of dancing:

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

DC Diner en Blanc 2018. Photo by Evy Mages.

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