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Le Dîner en Blanc – Everything You Need to Know About the Mysterious All-white Dinner Party

Diner en Blanc Atlanta view bw

My intro to Le Dîner en Blanc was when I moved to Atlanta and was having a conversation with my girl JM. “I’ve been trying for years to attend Dîner en Blanc and I’ve never been able to get in” she said. And then proceeded to look at me like I had two heads when I responded with “Dîner en who?” lol. Well, me being the good luck charm that I am, she made it in last year and I went as her guest. We had such a blast and I was so looking forward to this year’s! Unfortunately, the organization and location this year left a lot to be desired, but we made the most of it. I also lost my phone which had a bunch of photos I was gonna use for this post :(, but we’ll focus on the positives!

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017 photo

Dîner en Blanc Atlanta Ladies

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017. There were many setups for photo opps. Forgive my blurry photo; I wasn’t a blogger then lol

 

Today I’ll be sharing everything Le Dîner en blanc with you, including some photos from the two I’ve attended so far in Atlanta.

First, what is Le Dîner en Blanc?

According to Wikipedia, the Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.

In a nutshell, it’s an event where thousands dress in white and gather for an evening of dining, fun, dancing, laughter and new friendships. The caveats? You bring your own tables, chairs and picnic basket. The location is usually a city landmark, remains a secret until you get there. You can read more on the Dîner en Blanc website here. 

Dîner en Blanc Atlanta MB Stadium

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium

 

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2018 view

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2018

 

How do I register to attend Le Dîner en Blanc?

There are a few ways to attend, but the main ones are below. Registration happens in three phases:

1- You attended as a member previously and have kept up with your dues. You get to register in Phase I

2- You get sponsored by a member, and you get to register in Phase II. You also have the option to become a member at this point and will be eligible to register in Phase I for upcoming years. Note that there are limited spots and if you don’t click on the link to get in line on time, the spots might fill up before it gets to your turn.

3- You sign up on the Dîner en Blanc website for the city you’re interested in, and you will be notified when Phase III registration opens. Same rule about member eligibility and limited spots above apply.

4-
You attend as a guest since each person who registers to attend is required to bring one guest

5-
You volunteer to host, have inside connections with a host or table leader lol, are a media partner, etc.

But Belle, it all sounds complicated. You could say that and I agree, but that’s part of what makes it so much fun.

Our table setup for Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017

Our table setup for Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017

 

Atlanta Diner en Blanc table

Our table setup for Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2018. Next time, I might add lights to the centerpiece and a little more gold

 

What do I wear to Le Dîner en Blanc?

Once you’re in and your registration is secured, it’s time to plan your outfit. The dress code is white and nothing but white, except for accessories which can be metallic. Fascinators or other headpieces are highly encouraged as they really add that extra touch. I created a whole page with loads of option for what to wear to Dîner en blanc. You can check it out here. Unfortunately, most clothing items online that are labeled ‘white’ are actually off white so keep that in mind. My outfit this year was definitely off white but I didn’t have time to get a different outfit.

Atlanta Diner en Blanc Belle in Transit

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2018

 

What else do I need to bring?

My biggest tip is to pack light. Everyone wants to go all out with their table decor but, remember you’ll have to lug everything so keep that in mind. You can get loads of inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram.

  • A portable square table 26″ to 32″
  • 2 white portable chairs
  • A white table cloth
  • Dinner (or you can order when you register if your city offers it) + Dessert
  • Water & wine (if your venue allows outside alcohol)
  • All dinnerware (including plates, silverware, glasses, etc.). No plastic!
  • White napkins
  • Table decor (Simple or over the top. You choose). No open flames!
  • White trash bags
  • Paper napkins and/or wipes to clean up spills
  • For ladies – Flats to wear while you setup (before you change into your heels)
  • A cart to lug all this around
  • A fun and open attitude to go with the flow and have a great time (This came in VERY handy this year lol)
Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017 arrival

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017. I was a rookie lol. Compare the wagon beside me to our measly cart lol. They were kind enough to share their dessert

 

What happens on the day of the dinner?

When you register, you’re assigned a pick up location along with a squad and table leader. On the day of the event, you meet at your designated pick up point, pack your dinner supplies into the bus, and get transported to the secret location. It’s also fun trying to guess the secret location as the bus makes its way there.

Once you arrive, you unload the bus, head over to your designated spot and set up. Dinner commences with the ceremonial waving of the napkin, and that’s when the real fun begins. After dinner, put on your party shoes and prepare to DANCE DANCE DANCE. We had an amazing DJ last year and danced till we couldn’t feel our feet; we didn’t want to leave. When it’s all over, you pack everything up and hop on your bus to get transported back to your pickup spot.

Atlanta Diner en Blanc table food 2

Dinner time. I ordered from Zoës Kitchen

 

Atlanta Diner en Blanc table drinks

Cheers

 

Dîner en Blanc Atlanta Sparklers

Post dinner sparklers. Party time!

 

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017 party

Atlanta Dîner en Blanc 2017. About to get the party started

 

Atlanta Diner en Blanc 2017 dancefloor

2017. The lighting was beautiful, the DJ and dance floor were LIT!

 

Le Diner en Blanc Atlanta 2017 dance

Dance floor buddies

 

And thats it! If it’s in your city, you should definitely check it out. Even though this year was disappointing for me, I’d be willing to give it another shot.

Have you ever been to Le Dîner en Blanc? Is it something you would be interested in? If you have any questions or thoughts, share in the comments below!

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week!

xx
Belle

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Carolyn
    October 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Oh wow sounds so fun! I bet the dancing was really cool.

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Carolyn! Yup It’s such a fun event!!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    October 24, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    This event would be so fun to attend!

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      It really is fun!! xx

  • Reply
    Nya
    October 25, 2018 at 7:14 am

    This looks amazing! I want to go ❤️

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Haha! You definitely should!!!!

  • Reply
    Blythe Alpern
    October 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I remember hearing about this when I lived in Chicago. It looked amazing, especially seeing everyone in white. It does sound like a special evening, even if you have to setup everything yourself.

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Yes! It’s beautiful. And all worth it once the setup part is over lol.

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    October 25, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    This is a really killer guide. I would love to attend an event like this one!

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Cindy! If it comes your way you should!

  • Reply
    Rhonda
    October 28, 2018 at 9:52 am

    This was a great guide! Thanks! I’m attending for the first time in Dallas on 11/9!

    • Reply
      Belle
      October 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      O yayyyy! Have loads of fun! I have some friends going to that too.

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