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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.
Top Secret Location
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!
Diner En Blanc Invitations
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 your dinner.
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 🙂
Our complete menu is at the end of this post.
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!
Our white decorations consisted of:
- White tablecloths
- White square paper plates from Dollar Tree
- $5 carnation bouquets placed in vases
- Ikea fake plants
- Patterned bags like these to place napkin and silverware in
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.
Diner En Blanc Table Ideas
Who knew having all-white could be so classy? With white tables, chairs, plates, and a green plants and white flowers, well you’ve got yourself a beautiful diner en blanc table without a lot of stress!
Other White Decorations
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 🙂
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 condiment 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 there you have it! Now you can plan your own Diner en Blanc!
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