Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas proved to be another très chic event this year. By now, you’ve probably seen beautiful photos of Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas posted (check out IttyBittyFoodies photos from last year’s Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas event) by friends all over social media. I always get messages friends asking how to get on the the list just before the event but by then, it’s always too late. Tickets sell out early and fast! You can’t just go online and buy them either. So here’s my advice. It’s the same advice I tell my kids when they are striving for something. Do some preparation ahead of time!
The concept is simple: Bring a meal, bring a friend. The first Le Dîner en Blanc was organized in 1988 by Francois Pasquier who wanted to picnic with friends in Paris. He asked people to bring a friend and in order for people to find each other, they were asked to dress in white from top to toe. The essence of the first Le Dîner en Blanc still remains except the dinners have expanded to thousands of people in cities all over the world.
GETTING A TICKET TO NEXT YEAR’S DINER EN BLANC DALLAS
If you know someone who participated this year, they are considered a ‘member’. Members get first pick tickets in Phase 1. Snag a ticket by being invited by a member which opens up for Phase 2 ticket purchases. If you don’t know anyone, get right over to the Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas website and register to get on the waiting list for Phase 3. For Dallas, Le Dîner en Blanc has traditionally been around the beginning of fall so register ASAP. For some cities, the event has become so popular that getting on a waiting list is not even an option.
Over summer, start looking for your white outfit. Le Dîner en Blanc specifies white, not ivory or off white or antique white. You’ll not want to be the one standing out of the crowd of thousands not wearing white. Check my Getting Ready for Le Diner en Blanc post. It’s very obvious when you see someone making this fashion faux pas. The earlier you find your outfit the better as stores pull their whites after Labor Day. However, the upside if you want to take the chance is that many dresses are on sale at the end of summer so you may be able to find yourself a bargain. This year, I wasn’t able to find my sizes in the dresses I wanted but was able to pick up some items from Zara top, H&M skirt, Ted Baker backpack, Anthropologie accessory and Sam Edelman shoes from Nordstrom.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
As part of the picnicking Le Dîner en Blanc tradition, you bring everything from tables, chairs,decor to your own food and drink. Be as fancy or as simple as you want. The creativity each year is stunning!
Diner en Blanc Dallas offered catering this year for those not wanting to prepare their own food. There are specifications for furniture on the Le Dîner en Blanc website. An insider tip would be to bring comfortable shoes in case you need to walk to your secret location and then change into your heels just before the event!
ENJOY THE NIGHT
Every year the location of Le Dîner en Blanc is kept secret till the last minute. Guests are asked to board a bus where the secret location is revealed as they are taken to the location. After setting up the furniture and decor, the night kicks off with the traditional wave of the souvenir Southwest Airlines napkin.
This year, Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas took place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Guests got to enjoy a beautiful sunset over White Rock Lake among one of the most beautiful settings in Dallas. The greenery was a stark contrast from the previous year’s concrete urban location, held at the Dallas City Hall. But that’s the magic of Le Dîner en Blanc Dallas. You never know where it’s held. But as always festivities include live music, fun photo booths, lots of dancing and plenty of communing with your fellow dinner guests.
Big thank you to all the sponsors like Southwest Airlines, Merrill Lynch, Raehpour Group, Lincoln Motor Company, and Evian Badoit that make this happen. Last but not least, my wonderful photographer Carissa Byers who captured the event beautifully!
For more information and FAQ, look on Le Diner en Blanc Dallas website.
Till our next Happy Meal!