At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream…
Over 30 years ago in Paris...
Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier in 1988, Le Dîner en Blanc® de Paris continues to assemble close to 10,000 guest every year. In 2018 a record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The French capital's most prestigious sites have played host the event over the years: The Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l'Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Le Louvre Pyramid, Trocadéro Esplanade, and the Palais Royal Garden! The Paris police continue to tolerate this 'wild' gathering, if not perhaps even wishing they could join in!
Le Dîner en Blanc® began as a strictly word-of-mouth event. Today, it has grown to rely on the Internet and social media to communicate with its members and others who are curious about the event. Although the technology behind this fantastic event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling it have not; guests continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends at the heart of one of their city's most beautiful locations.
What are the key rules of the event?
Le Dîner en Blanc® is quite different from other special events. The evening takes place in a crowded public place that was not designed for such a purpose. Dîner en Blanc must necessarily remain controlled in order to continue holding future events.
In order to participate, guests must be a member or be sponsored by a member from the previous year, or they must sign up to official website's waiting list.
Once confirmed, each guests' participation in the event becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as Dîner en Blanc is a rain or shine event.
Participants arrive and then depart in unison by chartered bus or organized public transportation.
They take all of their belongings with them at the end of the night, including leftovers and trash, and they leave the site as clean as it was upon arrival.
A table and two white chairs.
A picnic basket including a white tablecloth and napkins, gourmet meal items, cutlery, dishware, and glassware.
Wine or Champagne. Beer and hard alcohol is prohibited.
Participants must wear white (and white only) and be dressed elegantly.
Originality is always encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.
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Registration to Le Dîner en Blanc ® takes place in 3 phases:
Phase 1: Dîner en Blanc ® members from previous years, and close friends of the organization
Phase 2: Friends recommended during the Phase 1 registration process
Phase 3: Guests who have signed up to the waiting list.
By signing up to this waiting list, you will receive an invitation to register in Phase 3.
In phase 2 and 3:
The number of places is limited, and take place on a "first come, first served" basis.
Invitations will be sent out 48 hours prior to the opening of each particular registration phase.
Best of luck in your registration and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!