Diner en Blanc in Paris 2018 in pictures

Written by on June 10, 2018 in Funky, Gastronomy, Paris

17000 people dressed in white for the Diner en Blanc Paris picnic at Les Invalides

Friendship, gastronomy, elegance, magic: Diner en Blanc Paris is the chic-est annual gathering the world has ever seen. It is the pique-nique of pique-niques. A giant sea of laughing faces and popping champagne corks.

A magical night: Le Dîner en Blanc celebrated 30 years in 2018

Smiling diners dressed in white for the Diner en Blanc Paris picnic

On June 3rd 2018 the world’s biggest organized pop-up picnic, the exclusive Dîner en Blanc – Dinner in White, toasted its 30th anniversary in Paris. On this occasion it opened the doors for the first time to the international community.

The rules are simple: everyone must dress in white from head to toe. Elegance is essential and originality a plus.

Diner en Blanc diners showing off their individual style all dressed up in white

Arriving by two’s, guests bring their own gourmet picnics, table decorations such as candles and flowers. Again, everything – from the table and chairs to dishes – must be white. No plastic or paper dishes and utensils allowed, and hard alcohol and beer are strictly forbidden. And no T-shirts, colorful sports shoes, baseball caps or shorts. Participants are required to pick up all of their litter when everything wraps up around midnight, leaving the site as if no one was ever there.

Rows of diners for the Diner en Blanc Paris picnicThe location is kept secret until almost the last minute when a series of texts is sent out to thousands all over the city who’ve been waiting in patient anticipation. And that’s when suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, people toting baskets and tables behind them begin to converge on the designated spot. On this evening, many arrived on foot, and from all directions. Some spilled out of large coaches, others from private cars, limos, taxis and ubers. Some straddled motorcycles, their supplies strapped behind them. Others skate-boarded in, all happily headed towards the same destination. As every year, not even the authorities had been let in on where it would be. 2018’s surprise location: the magnificent esplanade of the Hôtel des Invalides.

How did Diner en Blanc begin?

Happy diners at the grand picnic that is the Diner en Blanc paris event

It all began in the 1980s when founder and organiser Francois Pasquier, returned to France from Tahiti with his family, wanted to celebrate with friends and decided to host a picnic in Paris’ vast Bois de Boulogne. To make it easier to find each other, everyone agreed to dress completely in white. It was such a success that they decided to repeat it the following year, and the next… and eventually, the guest list exceeded more than one thousand.

Attendees at Diner en Blanc Paris 2018 hold their glasses up and say cheers to a great night out

On the anniversary, 30 years later, a record turnout – 17,000 people; 6,000 from the international community, celebrated, quite literally, in style.

Now held in cities the world over, the Dîner en Blanc is a unique event that pays homage to beauty, conviviality, friendship, and taste.

Vive Le Dîner en Blanc!

Barbara Pasquet James is a U.S. lifestyle editor, speaker, and urban explorer who writes about food fashion and culture, from Paris. She is known for helping launch, write and edit USA Today’s City Guide To Paris and can be contacted via her photo blog FocusOnParis.com

Tags: ,

Related Articles

The fabric district of Paris | buttons, baubles and beads

On a cold, crisp April morning, with numb fingers, and an almost feverish determination I searched for buttons. Muscling locals aside I pounced on another matching set. My fingers became blue, nose snuffly, but the button search went on and on, till every button had been turned and either discarded or bagged as a treasure […]

Continue Reading

Top tips to help you do 5 star Paris on a budget

We might all hanker after a 5 star visit to the city of light but for most of us, it’s way beyond our budget. However, with a little know-how, you can enjoy 5 star style and not have to take out a bank loan. 5 Star Paris Dining and Drinking without breaking the bank If […]

Continue Reading

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Yves Saint Laurent was a genius – a visionary who became a legend at an early age. Today his name graces a variety of products from luxurious cosmetics to high-end handbags. Knowing a bit about his background will enhance your visit to this excellent new museum. Early Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent’s career began with […]

Continue Reading

The best ice cream shops in Paris

The best ice cream shops in Paris

Written by on April 23, 2018 in Paris

If you want to indulge with a delicious ice cream in the city of light, you won’t find any shortage of choice. There are pretty ice cream parlours, awesome artisans shops making unusual and delicious flavours and plenty of scope for a scoop of something to indulge your sweet tooth. Here are some of the […]

Continue Reading

3 luxury restaurants for an indulgent dinner in Paris

There are thousands of restaurants in Paris and choosing where to go for dinner when you’re only in the city for a short while can be a challenge. Long term American expat in Paris., writer and foodie Barbara Paquet-James reveals where Parisians go when they want to indulge in a luxurious dinner in the city… […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top