4,000 people turn out for 'dinner in white' party

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by CBS News

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

NEW YORK — Imagine throwing a surprise dinner party for 4,000 of your new-found friends.

As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, just such a dinner party happened Wednesday night in Bryant Park. The elaborate event had thousands lugging tables, chairs and food to a location that was a secret until minutes before they all sat down.

The diners waved white napkins to signal n amazing production and all a big surprise. It’s called Diner en Blanc, or “dinner in white” – a flash mob dinner party that originated in Paris 25 years ago and caught on in New York two years ago.

Guests dined in Lincoln Center Plaza in 2012, and have hoped that the High Line or the Statue of Liberty might be the site in the future.

“Thirty thousand New Yorkers put their names on a waiting list on the first year – 15,000 additional this year,” said organizer Sandy Safi. “So we’re at 45,000 people just wanting to do something special and different.”

Invited guests, in their required white wardrobe, supply their own tables, chairs, flatware and food. The location is kept secret until just minutes before the event, but everyone loves guessing.

Click here to read more at newyork.cbslocal.com.

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