If you are looking for magic along with a secret location paired with many, many fabulous people all dressed in white? Than Le Dinner En Blanc is for you. Exuding elegance and excitement, Le Dinner En Blanc was founded in 1988, the first official Dinner En Blanc took place in the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, started by a man named François Pasquier, who invited a few friends to the Bois de Boulogne one day in June on his return to France after being abroad. To find each other in the park, they all wore white. The dinner was such a success that they decided the next year, each person would invite some other friends and the event grew organically into the 10000+ dinner it is today.
The basic concept of the venue remained the same but numbers quickly escalated from 200 initially to 400, to 800 in 1990 and 1,200 in 1991. By 1992, coordinators soon found it necessary to conceal the location of the dinner and the current process of using point-people to coordinate a batch of tables and provide transportation to the event began. The event’s presence has grown to over 70 cities, with almost 15,000 gathering for the 25th-anniversary event in Paris France. The event made its New York debut in 2011.
In 2012, Singapore was the first Asian city to host a Dîner en Blanc, and Brisbane the first Australian city, Canberra held Dîners en Blanc in 2013 and 2014, Melbourne debuted the phenomenon in 2015.
As the tradition continues I have arrived as a media guest to the newly built Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta GA. I am directed to the media booth that is all decked out with white lounge sofas, a bar, as well as catered light bites. I Meet up with one of the coordinators of this years event, Ms. Lisa Fisher who is stunning in her elegant white dress and she proceeds to inform us that we are not to post the event until 6 pm. Guest are arriving on busses as they walk through the gates of the stadium. It’s so exciting to see who is dressed in what. There are feathers on heads, signs to be placed on tables and much much more.
We settle in and begin to take pictures as well as videos of all that is happening so that when the clock strikes 6 we can post away. I make my way to the bar and order a glass of bubbly. Champagne Lanson was one of the official local partners. I tend to shy away from Champagne, but this Champagne is light and flavorful with notes of fruit. We sit and chit chat and introduce ourselves to the others that are here to cover the event as well.
Six O’Clock has finally arrived and we get the thumbs up to start posting. The food looks tempting but we have been asked to hold out until the traditional waving of the napkins. This lets everyone know that the festivities have officially begun. The sky is slowly transitioning to a night sky and all of the guest have their tables set and ready to go. I decide to venture away from the media booth to take in the creativity of tables and guest. The DJ has been playing some classics to which on of my favorites vibrates its way across the crowd. How appropriate to play GEORGIA sung by Ray Charles. Definitely a great way to warm up the crowd as they prepare plates and pour wine and champagne.
I am able to grab some great pics and talk to more people. As I make my way back to the media booth, I notice a young lady on stilts who is dancing to the tunes from the DJ. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around how in the world she is able to do this…… I head back to the media center to grab a bite to eat and a glass of red wine. As the sky transitions into night, the lights around us begin to illuminate the space that we are in. Hues of reds, pinks, and blues interchange as the music plays on. I grab some humus and crackers but the display of food is endless. Lobster rolls, roast beef sandwiches, crackers with dips, and sweet treats like macaroons. I eat and post and eat some more.
I hear one of my favorite tunes making its way through the speakers and I decide to make my way to the dance floor. Dancing while taking videos takes a lot of skill, but I was able to pull it off…… I make my way to the front of the stage so that I could get a better look at the DJ and as I look back at the crowd, I notice that the dance floor is flooded with white that appears to be fluid like the sea…… Everyone is having a blast while dancing the night away.
As the night comes closer to a close, my blogger friends and I make our way to the photo booth where the more than life-size DEB letters that are all dressed in white lights. We take pictures to capture the memories that were had tonight. You can imagine with 2600 people being here tonight, the photo lines were endless. We meet two beautiful ladies while waiting in line who pop open a bottle of champagne and offer my friends and I a drink. We gladly accept the offer while waiting patiently to take pics.
Suddenly in the shadows behind me I hear the screeching of what appears to be a sea of Delta’s. Hard to know if this is in fact the sorority that my eye is trained to see in all red, are dressed in all white. I quickly leave the line to capture a video of this unusual event. Now back in line, I make my way to have my picture taken with anticipation of what’s to come.
It’s time for the lighting of the sparklers, a fun way to let everyone know that the night will be ending soon. All lights are now out and sparklers are lit. You can now hear the cheering of the crow that indicates that everyone in attendance has had a magical night. The music continues to play as everyone begins to pack and head back to the busses that escorted them here.
Many thanks to the wonderful Lisa Fisher, Tina DeRenzis, and Helen Mitchell. I would also like to thank Champagne Lanson as well as Evian Badoit, and the Mercedes Benz stadium.
For those who would like to experience this memorable event in 2018, I would advise that you visit Le Dinner En Blanc official website and register as a member. Keep your fingers crossed that you will be picked to enter into the stages to attend…… Good Luck!
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Disclaimer: I was in no way influenced to write this post and I did not accept any money to write ……….