Dîner en Blanc Parisian Style

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Just a few weeks ago, on one of those hot summer nights, thousands of Parisians gathered to enjoy this annual fancy dinner party. The guests, all dressed in white, dined under the stars on this appropriately named event: Dîner en Blanc, which is held at two of the city’s most desirable locations: the plaza at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the courtyard of the Louvre.

It all started in 1988 when François Pasquier, after his time abroad, held an outdoor dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many of them wanted to join in that he asked them to wear white, so they could all find each other and meet up at the Bois de Boulogne.

The fascinating thing is that the whole planning and preparation is very mysterious and the guests are invited strictly by social networks and through friends. There are very strick rules that every group must follow. First of all, the guests bring their own tables, table settings and food. Plus, everything must be white: the tables, the napkins, the candles...and of course the dress.

At 9 pm everybody gathers on the secret locations and that's when the fun begins: an incredible experience filled with breathtaking views, live jazz music, chatter and delicious food. In true Cinderella fashion, the party ends at midnight sharp, and all of a sudden everyone packs up and heads home. The swarm of guests disappear into the streets of Paris, just to reappear a year later.

My darlings, wouldn’t you love to be part of something that magical? Sign me up for next year:) xo

P.S: The Dîner en Blanc now has its international following: in August, it took place in New York City on the Plaza of the World Financial Center and on October 14th it will be held in San Francisco.

Wonder where will they pop up next?

(via Simply Stated. Photos via Flleurishing, Carams, The New York Times and Quinn Palmer)
   

25 comments:

STYLE'N said...

Wow this is great! I love the great photos you find on the web Diana!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Now that is the stuff of a magical life - love love this!

Tish said...

Oh how I love secret rendezvous!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..Naina, thank you and Tish, me too:)

Anna Walker said...

Oh my goodness! I love this so much! Wouldn't it be wonderful to be apart of one day? [Or maybe we could start something like this in the States...like CA! :) ]
Hope you're doing well!

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HiLLjO said...

that is AHMAZING!

Kelly said...

I'm going to Paris tomorrow and I'm so sad I missed this! The pictures look amazing and everyone looks so classy with their dresses and champagne!

amy b.s. said...

how amazing.

Monica from Hola!design said...

awesome! I'd love to go!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! What a wonderful concept. I love how quickly it caught on and how everyone has fully embraced it.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh Kelly, I wish I could go to Paris tomorrow. Have a fantastic time:) One day, we should all fly there to join in the white dinner event. That would be so fun, no?

Eliza Jane said...

Oh wow. I am suddenly, amazingly obsessed with this dinner idea! I wonder if I could start something like that in Sydney, Australia, when I move there next month.......this would just be so magical to be a part of!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Anna, CA sounds lovely. There was one just held in NYC. The last photo is of the NYC location:)

Artist said...

Wow, what a picture seeing all this people in white!

Elle Sees said...

I've got to go to this!

SmartBear said...

Now THAT is a party I would love an invite to! Beautiful!
Best,
Tina

Ana Degenaar said...

I must be there some day.

Amber Blue Bird said...

my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

Mo Pie, Please said...

How incredible! The photos are phenomenal.

Meegs said...

Toronto just had one last week! Sadly I didn't know until after the fact but sounds amazing! http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/1060774--400-flash-mob-picnickers-brighten-up-city-s-distillery-district

Diana Mieczan said...

How fantastic, Meegs! Thanks for the link. The photo is so cool.

interior design said...

Very interesting event. How I wish I could join. Brilliant idea!

Apricots+Silk said...

Literally, as I was reading this my jaw was open and my heart was swinging!
Seriosly, this might just be my new dream...another thing to do while in Paris someday:) ♥
xxx

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Looks magical!

Annie said...

sooo cool!

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