Describing it as “the less pretentious black sheep step-sibling of Dinner en Blanc,” Mayfair residents dressed down and set up for a dinner out at Dinner en Pajama Pants Thursday night. To parody Diner en Blanc’s etiquette and elegance, locals celebrated their relaxed, Northeast Philly pride and came out in their best sleeping attire. Prizes included “Best PJ Pants” and “Best Tablescape.”
Like its formal equivalent, attendees were given the event’s location just a few hours before the festivities began. Dinner in Pajamas diners parked themselves at Cottman and Frankford avenues, where Mayfair’s 3rd Thursday Night Market also took place.
Attendees provided their own dinners, as well as center pieces and other decorations. Hello, SOLO cups. We spied some beer, which Diner en Blanc has prohibited.
Families, friends and pets all dined in pajamas to celebrate the event’s debut, organized by Mia Hylan and business owner Mike “Scoats” Scotese.
Other festivities at the Night Market (not affiliated with the Food Trust’s Night Market events) included music, vendors and balloon animals.
Dinner in Pajamas is one of a growing number of events taking direct aim at what’s become Diner en Blanc’s elitist reputation.