A First Timers Guide to Dîner en Blanc

I attended my first Dîner en Blanc back in 2014 when it was held at Centennial Park and I remember distinctly being overwhelmed with the preparation for the event. I can guarantee you that your social media feeds would be flooded each year with images from the event of all the perfectly set tables and crisp white outfits. The most common question I receive is ‘how do you get tickets to Dîner en Blanc’ and what do you do when you manage to nab yourself a spot at these exclusive events. So if you are a virgin to the event then keep reading because I’ll provide you all the tips you need to prepare yourself for Diner en Blanc.

 

So, what is Dîner en Blanc?

To put it quite simply – it’s a flash mob dinner party that is set at a secret location (revealed on the day of the event, usually minutes before the start time when you meet at a designated meeting spot) where attendees are required (not optional) to dress in all white. 

Diner en Blanc Sydney 2014 Centennial Park

Partygoers will bring along their identically square tables and white chairs, along with utensils and food to set up for an evening with a few thousand of your closest mates.

 

Depending on the event organisers in your city, you may be able to purchase your food and wine to be collected at the venue. For Sydney-siders, bringing your own food is optional but alcohol is prohibited and can only be pre-purchased and collected on the day from the event sponsors. The reason being that we have strict alcohol laws in Australia and we just like to ruin the fun for everybody.

 


A Guide to Diner en Blanc

How do you get invited to Dîner en Blanc?

So you’ve seen pictures of your friends last year and are now intrigued as to what all the fuss is. It’s now time to score yourself an invite/ticket to the event. There are two ways you can do this:

 

  1. Sign up to the waitlist – this isn’t a guarantee that you will be able to purchase tickets but it’ll notify you of when phase 3 ticketing becomes available and it is on a first in, first served basis. This is actually how I got my initial ticket to the event and let me tell you, the process was quite stressful because tickets were sold out within 15 minutes! Be prepared to set those alarms and reminders, have all your card details ready and type like the wind.
  2. Ask a friend who is a member to sponsor you – each year; members (those who have attended the previous year and chosen to renew their membership) are allowed to sponsor one person to attend. That person will receive an email invite for phase 2 ticketing where they can purchase their membership and ticket to the event for themselves and one other guest. Once you become a member then you are automatically invited to phase 1 ticketing for the next year.

 


What to do I bring to Dîner en Blanc?

Yourself, a mate/partner and your best white outfit and dance moves. Jokes, here is a list of what I’ve found as necessities over the years. Diner en Blanc Sydney 2015 Opera House

 

  • 1 x Square Folding Table – your organiser should advise you of the size this needs to be and will most likely have suggestions of where you can get such a specific sized table without having to embark on a DIY job.
    Sydney-Siders Tip: I purchased my table from Bunnings here.
  • 2 x White Folding Chairs – these chairs need to be primarily white and best place to find this is probably Ikea (here).
  • White Table Linen – this includes tablecloth, napkins and chair covers if you can’t find white foldable chairs.
    Sydney-Siders Tip: I purchased cheap linen from Kmart and treated them as disposable because it just made life easier that you didn’t have to carry everything home to wash.
  • 1 x Foldable Dollie Trolley – there’s nothing worse then wearing your best white outfit and then having to lug around chunky tables, chairs and baskets to the venue. Make your life easy and get a trolley with cords to hold your bulky items.
  • 1 x Picnic Basket/Cooler – the former looks great in photos but the latter is more practical so it’s entirely a personal choice on this one.
  • Dinnerware for Two – you will need a set of plates, knives, forks, spoons and I would recommend plastic because it just means you can throw it out at the end of the night.
    Diner en Blanc Sydney Opera House 2015
  • Dinner for Two – this is again personal preference but my suggestion would be to pack things that won’t leak and explode in your basket/cooler.
  • Decorations for the Table – be practical with this one because you only have so much room so if you bring a huge flower centrepiece, there will be no room for much else on the table. Bring battery operated candles over real ones because the venues are always outdoors and having to worry about candles blowing over and setting your insta-worthy table on fire is the last thing you want. Bring a bottle opener, rubbish bags, wet wipes and a small vase with flowers if you can be bothered.
  • Sparklers & a Lighter – a tradition once the sun sets is that all attendees light a ginormous sparkler but you also have the option of bringing your own if you think one isn’t enough.
  • Printout of Ticket & ID – this is a must and don’t forget your ID on the day because some organisers are incredibly anal about this one.
  • Camera – if you want to capture this magical event then make sure you fully charge up your camera/phone before it so you can gather some snaps and show off to your mates 😉
  • White Umbrella/Clear Ponchos – you’ll need to prepare for all weather conditions and sometimes you might be unlucky enough and get caught in a slight drizzle so better to be safe or be prepared to see a little too much of each other.

 

Diner en Blanc Sparklers

 


How much should you expect to spend? Diner en Blanc Tips and Guide

Depending on which country you’re in you’ll be expected to pay for the membership registration/renewal fee which ranges from $10-$15 (for Aussie’s it’s $12) and then each ticket is roughly $50-$70 (for Aussie’s it’s $60). Then you will just need to budget for food, alcohol and investing in the base equipment the first year. I still have my table and chairs from the previous years so think of it as a cheap investment.

 

To give you a rough idea – I spent around $450 the first year of DeB, which included the following: registration, tickets, hampers, alcohol, table, chairs, dinnerware and decorations. My outfit was separate to this cost.

 


 

I think I’ve covered the basics here of what you need to know and will be doing a styling piece of what to wear to Dîner en Blanc in a post because this one is getting monstrously long and I’ve probably lost about half of you already!

 

Happy planning and tell me if you’ve attended any other DeB’s around the world because I would love to hear about your experiences!

 

Diner en Blanc Sydney Opera House 2015

 

Helen

Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • tayloraube

    These dinners look like such a fun time! I love your guide and your dress!

  • It feels like forever since I’ve been to such a fancy dinner party! You look so beautiful Helen <3 I'm not sure that I'll ever get the opportunity to attend Dîner en Blanc but this guide is really helpful for those who wish to attend. It was fun reading all your tips and the detailed rundown of the necessities to bring to the event as well as approximately how much one can expect to spend 🙂 Have a great week! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/beauty/body-merry-holiday-beauty-haul/

  • I’ve heard so much about Diner en Blanc, it looks spectacular! You look amazing and if I ever decide to attend I know where to come to get some crucial tips 😉 Thank you for posting Helen!

    xx
    Lauren
    http://www.shoesandsashimi.com

  • DeB is on my twenties bucket list. This is a great guide to help me start planning on how I can attend in the future. Now I have to add a white raincoat/umbrella to my shopping list. Thanks so much for sharing, Helen!

    XX,
    Aitza B | petitelypackaged.com

  • Nicole Lier

    Well I must be living under a rock, because I have never heard of an event like this! Thanks for sharing, I learned something new today!!!

  • Venus Fitness And Lifestyle

    I have never been but always been kinds of curious. a great guide for first timers.

  • Kimmie Schier

    Wow this event looks absolutely amazing. I had never heard of it but now I want to be invited!! Your dress was soo gorg- you looked to beautiful!

  • I’ve never heard of Dinner en Blanc, but it looks so fun! I love your white dress, and your table set up looks beautiful!
    Rachael

  • I had never heard of Dîner en Blanc before. However, the event looks absolutely fabulous to attend. How fun!

  • Emily

    Wow that looks like a classy and fabulous event! The price is enough for me to just live vicariously through your photos! haha.

  • simplyxclassic

    looks so amazing!!! i wanted to go– maybe next year!

  • I tried to go to Diner In Blanc one year and I got so sick the day of but never made it. I would love to attend we had a big one in Atlanta at then new Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • I’ve never attended an event like this before. It sounds pretty amazing, especially since there’s also good food! Definitely interesting!

  • Nataly Kimball

    This looks like such a fun event! Thank you for sharing your tips!

  • Every time I see photos from a Dîner en Blanc, I get extremely jealous because they’re truly so beautiful and seem like such a fun experience. I’ve never known one to be hosted near me, but if they ever decide to, I hope I get the opportunity to attend. I know they’re expensive though, so I’d have to save up!

  • Nina Nguyen

    This looked like so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing doll!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2017/10/classic-trench-coat.html

  • Lindsey @andthekitchensink.net

    This sounds like so much fun! I love this idea!

  • Ashley Denae

    this looks fun! to bad it’s so far away. I love all white apparel parties!

  • Gillian Kent

    Sounds like an interesting affair. It would be fun to get a group together to do it.

  • Dawn Wairimu

    what a cool idea for a spot! i would love to visit!

  • Wynne Katherine

    This looks like such a wonderful event! And you seem like you enjoyed it a lot as well

  • Sondra Barker

    This sounds like a blast! I love the element of surprise with the whole meal and how exclusive it feels. Will be checking this out for the future

    Sondra xx
    prettyfitfoodie.com

  • What an amazing event! All of you look beautiful, as do all the decor. It’s like a formal picnic! Still, can’t imagine spending $450 on a single event like this.

  • looks like an incredible event but I couldnt justify spending that much money! Looks amazing though

  • Sandra Jardim Lopes

    That is an amazing and incredible event! Thanks for explaining to us what exactly is a “Dîner en Blanc”. Looks like a very posh up style picnic that the rich and famous would do. Is there charity involved in this? As this would then explain the high cost. Great articles, enjoyed reading and beautiful photos added.

  • Afun Susan

    This sounds like so much fun! Interesting event! By the way, i love your white dress…

  • Meghna

    What an interesting event. Looks like a lot of fun

  • Elise Adkins

    This sounds so fun! I have never heard of one before, but I think i would go if we had one around here. Fun post!

  • What a cool event! I’d love to attend one except that I look really shit in white but with some accessories it should be fine. You are totally rocking that look btw! X

  • White parties are such a big trend! This one looks so chic!

  • Steve Walters

    Oh wow! This is super cool! This would be so fun to attend! That all white look is beautiful on you!

  • Tania Cascilla

    This looks amazing! I have a few friends who attend every year, I think I’ll bother them for a way in. 😀

  • Oh my goodness, this is amazing! I’ve never heard of it before, but now I’m dying to get one the waitlist. Sounds like such a fun and spontaneous night! Plus, that white dress looks absolutely stunning on you!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  • This sounds like such an incredible event! i love that it’s a secret until the last minute and everyone wears white. What a fun way to enjoy a dinner party =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • It looks like such a beautiful night, so much fun. I haven’t been to one yet. I think it would be one of those things that once I started, I would want to make sure I always went to. This is such a comprehensive guide too.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  • I have never heard so much detail about what goes into Diner en Blanc. It sounds like such a neat experience!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    I attended the one in London a few months ago and it was held at Somerset House on a beautiful night so thankfully we didn’t need umbrellas or raincoats. Like you said it can be quite pricey, but worth every cent or penny! My experience was sponsored, but even though it hadn’t been, I’d gladly pay to attend again someplace else in the world as it’s an amazing atmosphere.
    Thomas xx

  • Gina Diaz

    This is the second time today I hear about these event. It sounds absolutely amazing and i wish I can attend one day. Love the idea of everybody dressing in white. Thank you for sharing this information, sweetie. I appreciate very much. xx. Gina

  • christine

    Sounds like such a fun event. I had no idea you had to bring all your own stuff though! I love this insider’s guide and tip. While it seems like such a coveted event that takes a lot of planning and preparation, it also sounds like a lot of fun especially if you go with a lot of people you know. I don’t think they have this where I live, but if they do, I definitely want to try and get in! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  • Hey Darling,
    How are you?
    Such an Amazing Event, Never Heard about before:)
    Definitely want to Try:)
    You looked so Gorgeous:)
    Such a Great Idea that everyone dressed in White:)
    Happy Sunday
    Kisses Karina

  • Shalini Acharya-Holman

    Great post on Diner en Blanc! Is this the first time in Australia? I have been to one here in NYC few years ago and had a blast! We were 10 of us and had our own table. You look so pretty in these pictures and I love your outfit. Especially the neckline! Great to know you had a fun time! It sure is a fun thing to do during spring/summer. xx shalini

  • Steph K

    This looks so awesome! I want to go!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  • I’ve always wanted to do one. I was on the committee of one in NYC but, then the committee imploded…lol. It’s still on my bucket list.

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