Diner en Blanc Counts Down for the Chicest Picnic in Town

Written by

Taking its inspiration from appreciating and enhancing public space, Australia's first ever Dîner en Blanc was held in Brisbane in 2012 and has fast become a favourite fixture on the city's cultural calendar for style-setters, with the event promoting friendship, elegance and gallantry.

Brisbane Dîner en Blanc organiser Amy Grey said people could not get enough of the chic dining experience and the chance to spend a night in an exclusive secret setting.

"The waiting list always fills up incredibly quickly and this year has been no exception, with tickets selling out in a matter of days," Ms Grey said.

"Our guests have a fabulous time and put in so much effort to look stunning and create unforgettable table decorations. We have seen everything from floral arrangements to a canopy of fairy lights," she said.

The secret location predictably sparks lively debate among guests, with people guessing the dinner's whereabouts on the Facebook page, but Ms Grey says her lips are sealed.

"Revealing the location is definitely a big part of the excitement, so we would never want to spoil the surprise," she said.

Diner en Blanc Counts Down for the Chicest Picnic in Town

Dîner en Blanc sprang to life in 1988 in Paris, when François Pasquier held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. To deal with a mounting guest list, he asked attendees to convene at the Bois de Boulogne dressed in white so they could all find each other. What started with simple word-of-mouth today has as many as 20,000 white-clad guests meeting annually in Paris' public spaces, with tens of thousands on a waiting list.

The 'pop-up' dinner now takes places in nearly 40 cities across the globe including New-York, Montreal and Singapore.

Over the course of the evening, the diners eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Visually breathtaking moments include the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner, as well as the lighting of sparklers to let participants know they are now free to circulate, mingle and dance. At the end of the evening, guests pack up their crystal, dinnerware and tables, pick up all their litter and head into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.

Diner en Blanc Counts Down for the Chicest Picnic in Town

For full details on the event's rules and regulations and to view photos or videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world please visit the official website. Like the Facebook page to keep up to date with event announcements and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Diner en Blanc Counts Down for the Chicest Picnic in Town