Diner en Blanc

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Fancy an elegant formal picnic with 3000 peeps? Well, December last year that many socialites donned their crispest white, fancy-rags and headed to the white sands of Bondi beach (my backyard), for an epicurean event called “Diner en Blanc”. It was the second one for Sydney, but the event is now a global phenomena. It started in Paris 25 years ago and is the biggest “secret” dinner party in the world. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. Sydney sure has a lot of great locations for this event.

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White on white. There are now 40 counties around the world participating, and here is how it works; One registers online at diner en blanc for the waiting list of the city of choice. At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret 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. I am now on the waiting list, but I haven’t got a thing to wear!



It’s quite incredible to see so many people socialising in an organised and cohesive looking manner in a non-commercial event. Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of 17th Century court society, as diners engage with one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.

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The waving of cloth napkins marks the beginning of the dinner, and the lighting of sparklers signals participants are free to circulate, mingle and dance. It looks like a lot of fun.

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Oh look, it’s Sister Bertrill, the Flying Nun!

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Awesome bridge in New Orleans, themed perfectly got the concept.

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White on Green. It’s great to see everyone in new York trundling along with their fold up table and chairs, white table clothes, candelabrum and epicurean delights to and fro the destination.

Photos from Diner en Blanc website.

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