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Dîner en Blanc: What is it and why does everyone secretly want to go?

Posted by Vinny Sherry on March 22, 2019 | 1 comment

On the 23rd of March, 1100 Aucklanders will be wearing white as part of the 1988-founded Parisian tradition of Dîner en Blanc. We talked to a New Zealand born attendee of the Bordeaux event and the founder and organiser of the Auckland edition about what the exclusive event is, why the attendees wear white and what Auckland did in 2014 which broke international tradition.

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The City’s Largest Dinner Party Returns to Auckland!

Posted by Vinny Sherry on February 04, 2019 | 6 comments

Auckland set to celebrate its 6th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc on Saturday 23rd March!

To be part of the unique night, sign up to the waiting list by clicking on the Register tab.

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Le Diner en Blanc Auckland revealed new Fashion partners and returning collaborations with Perrier-Jouët and Dry & Tea 

Posted by Vinny Sherry on March 15, 2018 | 0 comment

The highly anticipated dining phenomenon Le Dîner en Blanc - Auckland returns on Saturday, the 24th of March 2018 and celebrates its 5th anniversary. The worldwide Dîner en Blanc tradition of secret location, gourmet food, friends, ele...

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2018 Registrations now open!

Posted by Vinny Sherry on February 21, 2018 | 0 comment

The registration process has begun to attend Auckland’s most exclusive and glamourous dinning phenomenon. The countdown for the 5th edition of Le Diner en Blanc - Auckland is officially on! This year, Auckland will celebrate on Saturday 24th Ma...

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Special Invitation for the 30th Anniversary of Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris: June 3, 2018

Posted by Chantal Blanchard on February 06, 2018 | 0 comment

Chers amis, On Sunday, June 3, 2018, in one of Paris’ most prestigious locations, an immense Le Dîner en Blanc will bring together some 20,000 people, half of whom are from other countries, to dine at the same table. We extend this invitation to thousands of people who, on all continents...

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Most viewed questions

Is Dîner en Blanc an illegal activity?

All events produced according to Le Dîner en Blanc International guidelines require local hosts to acquire the proper authorization, permits, and insurances before proceeding with their event. On the other hand, since its beginning, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris has been taking place without authorization, in some of the city’s most prestigious sites. The first editions were not easy to pull off. Today, French authorities know that the event is always well organized and that guests are always respectful of public property. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality helps promote the city’s image as a stylish Metropolis.

How many Dîner en Blanc events are there in the world?

Founded in 2012, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world with over 130,000 participants. The largest and most internationally recognized Le Dîner en Blanc remains the original Paris event.

How can I participate?

Registration for Le Dîner en Blanc takes place in 3 phases:
Phase 1: Members from the previous year and friends of the organization and leaders
Phase 2: Friends "sponsored" by Phase 1 members
Phase 3: People who signed up to the waiting list

What are the key rules of the event?

Le Dîner en Blanc requires from the participants an exemplary citizenship and discipline. Here are the main rules:

● Guests commit to attend, rain or shine, no matter the circumstance.
● Exude Elegance … in white. Originality is encouraged, as long as it remains elegant and tasteful.
● Bring your own table, chairs, and picnic basket.
● Follow the Volunteer Leader’s instructions.
● Arrive and leave with your Leader. Nobody arrives at the site on their own.
● Drink responsibly. Champagne or wine only. No spirits or beer.
● Clean up: Take all your garbage with you and clean the area around your table.

If you do not comply with any of these rules, you will no longer be able to register for future Dîner en Blanc events.

What must guests wear?

All guests must dress elegantly in head-to-toe white. This means no ivory, no off-white, and no beige… Originality is always encouraged, as long as it stays stylish and tasteful.

What must guests bring?

A square folding-table and two white chairs; a white picnic basket and/or bag including a gourmet meal for two, a white tablecloth and cloth-napkins, cutlery, dishware, and glassware; and a garbage bag.

What kind of table do I need to bring?

The table must be square, foldable, and easy to carry. The size must be between 27 and 32 inches (68 and 81 cm). The table does not have to be white as it will be covered with a white tablecloth.

Why not let guests decide on the size and shape of their table?

Le Dîner en Blanc is always held in a public location with space limitations, and local organizers must therefore limit the size of the tables to optimize the given space.
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