Shhh. The secret is still under wraps!
Today on Indy Style, learn about the “hush hush” “Dîner en Blanc!”
Jessica Brand, Host, Dîner en Blanc, and Julie Maus, Stylist, Macy’s, tell us more:
At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where the event 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…
In 1988, after spending a few years abroad, François Pasquier wanted to organize a picnic to reconnect with old friends. The concept was simple: “Bring a meal, and bring a new friend.” Seeing as his garden was too small to receive all the guests, he told them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other. This friendly gathering became so popular that it grew over time. It is now bringing together over 10,000 friends of friends every year in Paris. Nearly 30 years later, François Pasquier still organizes the Parisian Dîner en Blanc with those same friends.
His son, Aymeric Pasquier, took the concept from Paris to Montreal and started Le Dîner en Blanc International in 2009 and then introduced DEB to the United States shortly after debuting in NYC.
Today, Le Dîner en Blanc International will host events in more than 80 cities in 30 countries.
Once registration is confirmed, each guests participation becomes mandatory, rain or shine. Guests arrive at a designated departure point with their table, chairs and picnic materials and then make their way to the secret location with their table leader by chartered bus. They take all of there belongs with them at the end of the night, leaving the site as clean as it was upon arrival.
Guests must dress elegantly in head-to-toe white. Originality is always encouraged as long as it stays stylish and tasteful.
Registration is for 2 and you will sit opposite your guest at your table.
Members who attend Dîner en Blanc will automatically be invited to the next year’s event. If you disrespect the rules, you will be dis-invited.
Dîner en Blanc operates very differently from most events. Catered meals, all wine and champagne are made available for pre-purchase on the E-Store at the time of registration up until approximately 10 days before the event. Pre-purchased catered meals are optional, as you may bring your own picnic, however, all wine and champagne must be purchased through the E-Store. We will have a wonderful bounty of wines to choose from. No alcoholic beverages may be brought in by guests. Feel free to bring any non-alcoholic beverages.
The wait list can be extensive. Dîner en Blanc believes in quality over quantity, so not all wait list participants will receive an invitation.
There are lots of rules surrounding attendance that can seem intimidating. Your table leader will ensure you are prepared and ready to have a great time. Keep in mind, Dîner en Blanc is not an ordinary event. It takes place in spaces that are not traditionally designed for such a purpose. It takes a tremendous amount of planning and care to create the Dîner en Blanc experience.
Diner en Blanc has no political or ideological agendas and minimal branding. It is simply a friendly gathering whose sole purpose is to create a magical experience where guests are in good company in an extraordinary and unusual space. We are not affiliated with any fund raisers.
Three phases to invitation. Phase I invitations are reserved for prior year attendees and those added to the list by the host. Phase II invitations are reserved for those who have been requested by a Phase I guest upon registration. Phase III invitations are for the general wait list.