How to Throw an All-White Dinner Party- A Diner En Blanc
Are you attending a Diner En Blanc dinner party? Or want to host your own All-White Dinner Party? Here’s some inspiration to make your Diner En Blanc a night to remember.
A Diner en Blanc has been on my party list for years now, and with my party-loving sister in town, we knew we had to throw this one together.
First, What’s a Diner en Blanc?
The original Diner en Blanc was started in 1998 by a frenchman named François Pasquier. He invited a few friends to meet up at the Parc de Bagatelle. In order to find each other, he instructed them to wear all-white. Since then, Diner en Blancs have become secret-invite-only events all around the world.
For a typical Diner en Blanc, guests show up with their own tables, chairs, and food and are bused to a secret outdoor location upon arrival. Talk about fun.
However, for your party (like we did ours), my sister and I kept it simple for our guests. We provided the decor, tables, and food. My backyard was our venue.
Tip: If you provide the dinner, ask your guests to bring a white dessert. We did this and it helped limit the preparation we had to do!
To simplify, we sent free invitations via Paperless Post. They had classy and simple options. The only thing I didn’t like about using their service was that unlike Evite, we weren’t able to see which guests had viewed the invitation. As much fun as creating fancy real invitations would have been, sending an electronic invitation helped us get the word out quickly and simply.
Have Your Guests Wear All-White
Half the fun of a Diner en Blanc is having a sea of white. Instruct your guests to wear all white attire to the event.
If you do this activity in the summer, your guests can wear white skirts and dresses. Really though, any simple white attire will do.
Serve Delicious Food
Luckily, the rain stayed away just long enough for us to get through dinner. Even though we had to move inside for desserts (thanks to everyone for moving it all inside so quick), it still ended up being a magical evening with some of our mutual friends. Also, who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up? I sure love getting out of mom clothes every once in a while 🙂
Get a Group Photo
With everyone all decked out in white, take a moment to get a group photo. If your Diner en Blanc is outside, you should do this while the lighting is good, before the sun sets.
Tip: Create a fun and simple photo backdrop by using white balloons!
Decorating for a diner en blanc is super easy since all you need is white, white, white! White tablecloths, white dishes, and we picked up a few $5 carnation bouquets for the centerpieces. Those pared with some plants I already had and it looked classy, simply! I’m kind of obsessed with white anyway, so it was easy to pull out things I already had. I found some white chairs and benches at a yard sale and then my cute neighbor let us borrow the rest.
My dad made some white wood fences for my brother’s wedding years ago, but I knew they’d make a perfect backdrop for our dinner party. And white balloons! Balloons are a cheap an easy way to fill visual space and make a statement. The wind gave them a nice slanted look 🙂
^my sister hand-lettered all the place cards. they were lovely!
As you know, there are always a million things that go into throwing a party, especially right before it starts. To avoid as much last minute chaos as we could, we came up with a menu of items that could either be purchased or prepared in advance to cut down on last minute chaos. Of course, there were things that we were still running around doing at the last minute, but it was so helpful to have most done ahead of time.
- Peach & Basil Flatbread
- Sparkling beverages (we served a variety of these ones from World Market)
- Teriyaki chicken bowtie pasta (made the morning of)
- Artisan bread & butter (purchased)
- Seasonal fruit: watermelon skewers and grapes and strawberries (prepared the morning of)
- Crudites and dipping sauce in mini plastic cups
- An all white-dessert bar
- We asked each guest to bring something white to share and boy did we have a great variety: naked cheesecake, powdered donuts, salted caramel ice cream, yogurt-covered pretzels, meringues, homemade butter mints, creamsicle cookies, and white Reeses to name just a few.
And that’s a wrap! Ahhh, just looking at these photos makes me want to plan another. Who wants an invite?
Party Supply Sources
- Plastic goblets – Dollar Tree
- Square paper plates- Dollar Tree
- Pewter Pitcher- Old Town Imports
- Assorted green table plants and chrome planters- IKEA
- Floral crowns- H&M
- Menu stands- IKEA
- White and gold garland- Target
- White rectangle trays- Harmons