How To Prepare For The World’s Most Exclusive And Elegant Picnic, Le Dîner en Blanc

How To Prepare For The World’s Most Exclusive And Elegant Picnic, Le Dîner en Blanc

You’ve never been to a picnic like this!

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 21st November 2019

When François Pasquier wanted to host a dinner shindig to reconnect with his friends in 1988, he underestimated his social circle and realised he couldn’t fit everyone in his teeny Paris apartment. To avoid a guest list with plenty of missing gaps, he asked each attendee to bring a friend and meet at Bois de Boulogne dressed in all white, so they could recognise who was there for the affair. The evening was such a hit; guests already wanted to put it in their calendar for the following year with even more plus ones, and thus the concept of Le Dîner en Blanc was born.

 

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Four years later, the party was still going strong but Bois de Boulogne was very been there, done that. So the founding group decided to move the event to Pont des Arts in the heart of Paris. Knowing full well it would be a strong non from the local authorities, they kept the location a secret until the very last minute, which sparked a tradition that is one of the cornerstones of the enchanted event.

Today, the epicurean picnic has lain out in 80 cities across 30 countries for over 130 000 guests. What begun as an annual ‘friends and word-of-mouth only’ event has rapidly grown into an international phenomenon but its principles remain the same: guests gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal in excellent company at the heart of one of the city’s most beautiful locations.

 

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On Saturday November 23, the truly special occasion will be coming back to Brisbane for another evening of utmost elegance. If you were one of the lucky bunch to snag a highly exclusive ticket, preparation is key to ensure you make the most of the extraordinary experience. We headed to one of the hosts, Theresa Matthews, to get insider information for all your picnic prep.

 

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“We really encourage guests to embrace the unique concept and share the experience with friends,” Theresa says. “Plan your outfit for the night, make sure you have ordered your food and wine, make sure you have your table, chairs and everything you need ready to go. And don’t forget: all white!” That means no ivory, no cream and no eggshell so don’t pull a white lie.

Once you’ve sorted your white picnic basket or bag, fill it up with all the essentials. You’ll need a white tablecloth, two white cloth napkins, non-disposable white plates, two sets of non-plastic cutlery, two poly carb glasses, water and a garbage bag. Remember, this is a time to feast so put together a quality meal you’ll want to devour with a first course, main course, cheese, dessert and bread. “Try to think outside the box of how you can make your table look extra special,” Theresa says.

 

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For your outfit, even though your colour choice is sorted for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice on how you can interpret the theme. “Guests dress in everything en blanc but chic,” Theresa says. “Originality and creativity are encouraged, as long as it is elegant, stylish and tasteful.” Let your imagination off its leash to run rampant on your ensemble for a look that’s just as magical as the day!

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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.