Le Dîner en Blanc is not a new phenomenon, it has been around for almost 30 years. However, year by year the number of picnickers who gather in one secret location dressed in white from head to toe is growing. Massively! Last year’s events saw over 110,000 people dining open air in 80 cities across 30 countries. We are so excited to feature Adelaide’s 2017 Le Dîner en Blanc on StyleCarte and to provide you with tips and links to where you can shop for your white essentials.
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The Dîner en Blanc Dinner Rules
While the local hosts organise the secret location, buses, wine and hampers, the event still remains a picnic among friends. Guests are required to bring a table, table cloth, cloth napkins, crockery, glasses and cutlery for two plus a table centrepiece. All in white. Plus a picnic basket if you are not purchasing a hamper from the organiser.
And of course, everyone attending has to be dressed in all (!) white. Head to toe. To add to the magic, picnickers are encouraged to wear masks, fascinators, elaborate costumes and bring anything else white that oozes joie de vivre.
We put together a StyleCarte Dîner en Blanc female fashion gallery featuring various styles and price categories, containing all the pieces you see here (plus many more). If you prefer to try before you buy, check out these local retailers.
On top we pre-searched some popular fashion chains for you. Check out the following links for Witchery, Ted Baker, Seed, Zara, Country Road, Bardot, Cue, Forever New, Sportsgirl and Veronica Maine for your white outfits as well as Cotton On, Seed, Spendless Shoes and Wittner for white shoes. For white jewellery and accessories check out a local Lovisa store.
INSIDER TIP: The event will be held on soft ground so wedges or flats are an absolute must!
Find a variety of white menswear (below plus more) in our StyleCarte Dîner en Blanc male fashion gallery or check out our pre-searched links from GazMan, The Iconic, Calibre, Zara, Aquila, Cotton On, Country Road, Just Jeans, Roger David, yd. for white fashion, white shoes and accessories.
NOTE: the clothes have to be pure white, no prints, pin-stripes or other non-white features.
Where to find your other whites
It pays to get organised as early as possible. If you don’t already own a couple of white foldable chairs and square table, check out these pre-searched links for IKEA and Target for white foldable chairs, Big W and Kmart for camping tables (has to be under 1m square) or go to your local hardware, discounter or outdoors store. For your table cloth, napkins and centrepiece, if you don’t already own them, head to Kmart, Target or Big W. Check out our Dîner en Blanc Pinterest inspiration board for more ideas. The event organisers ask you to bring white crockery, real cutlery and glasses (no plastic).
TIP: for the centrepiece, buy a cheap fake plant, spray paint it white and hang battery operated fairy lights on it. Or buy a solar operated LED outdoor light to place on the table. No real candles though, please.
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”. As his garden was too small for all the guests, he told them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne. So they could find each other, they were told to all dress in white. The “friends and word-of-mouth only” picnic became so popular, it grew into an international sensation now celebrated on six continents. Le Dîner en Blanc Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year and is still organised by François Pasquier.
When Mel Moffatt and Sam Smith from Adelaide heard in 2012 that Le Dîner en Blanc International was looking for new global locations, they jumped at the opportunity. Five years down the track their guest waiting list keeps getting longer each year. This year Mel and Sam are expecting up to 1,800 diners!