Le Diner en Blanc is an elegant, pop-up picnic held in over 70 different cities all over the world. It started in 1988 when a man named François Pasquier invited friends to gather at a well-known park in Paris, France. He had very specific instructions: prepare and bring a meal to eat, invite a guest, and dress in all white to easily identify themselves. Today, the same traditions are upheld in cities all over the world that partake in this annual event.
How Diner en Blanc Started
In short, Le Diner en Blanc is an annual event that began back in 1988 in Paris, France. A Frenchman named Francois Pasquier invited a small group of his closest friends to an elegant dinner in the city. His goal was to get his loved ones away from the hustle bustle of everyday life and enjoy a night together far from the noise, taking in the true beauty of nature and their surroundings. The group gathered one evening in the stunning Bois de Vincennes, a park that covers over 2000 acres, dressed in all white. Those in attendance wore the color white to easily identify one another, and the name “Diner en Blanc” was born (“Dinner in White”).
The gathering was a success, and those who participated in the original event decided to continue the tradition for years to come. It caught fire in the city of Paris and beyond, and now 30 years in the future Le Diner en Blanc brings together over 100,000 people worldwide every year. In 2017, there were 27 countries and 76 cities worldwide to attend this magical one-of-a-kind event. Charleston, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Hawaii and Las Vegas are just a few of the American cities to participate.
Orange County’s Diner en Blanc
On November 2nd, 2017, Orange County’s first ever Diner en Blanc brought over 1,000 Californians together. This event was held in Huntington Beach, California, delivered the elegance, beauty and prestige of high French society to all in attendance. It was a true spectacle of fashionistas, food lovers, business owners and lifestyle enthusiasts dressed head to toe in diamond white. The goal with producing Orange County’s annual Diner en Blanc is to find a new iconic location each year, promoting the beauty in our community while creating an atmosphere where locals can make new connections and memories. Each Diner en Blanc is a unique experience that brings each city’s cultural flavor to the party.
WOW! Events was honored with the task of producing this global phenomenon in our own community. With the help of WOW! Events President Tiffany Brown at the helm, our dedicated host and so many other hardworking volunteers, guests experienced history by becoming a part of the second ever Le Diner en Blanc Orange County.
This exclusive event sets itself apart from any other. Invitations are required to participate, and slots are limited. Entertainment and location are kept top secret until you arrive on site to the event. Our goal with producing Orange County’s annual Diner en Blanc is to create an extraordinary experience in which the incredible entertainment, impeccable food and an unforgettable atmosphere leaves every participant saying WOW!
For more information on Orange County’s Dinner en Blanc follow us on our social media pages, or visit the Orange County Diner en Blanc page.
“Internship”. For a young college kid with little to no experience, that word can be intimidating. I know it was for me. My name is Joe Naples, and I’m a 21-year-old college senior who before this summer, had never been an intern. I was looking for a Marketing position that would give me experience I could take with me once I graduated, and I can honestly say that becoming a part of WOW! Events was the best decision I could have made.
My two months as an intern with WOW! have been filled with knowledge and experience, but also unexpected fun. I pictured sitting in a cubicle all day stressing over deadlines and trying to make my boss happy. It turns out I got the complete opposite, and I’m grateful for that. From the first day I stepped through the door, I was greeted by bright smiling faces and respect. I knew I was going to get the attention I needed to take something from my experience.
I found out quickly that these women approach work with a different mentality than most, which is why they have been so successful over the years. When I had a question or wanted to learn, all I had to do was ask and I got an explanation without feeling like a burden. The company culture is all about communication and working together to solve problems, and a “One In, All In” mentality like that is always refreshing to be a part of.
WOW! provides an easy work environment because nobody is looking over your shoulder or pressuring you to do things a certain way. I was given the freedom to be creative with my assignments and let my ideas flow. Because of this, I came into the office every morning relaxed and excited to get to work, something I know others cannot say about their Internship.
I would personally like to thank President Tiffany Brown and Marianne Tapales for spending time with me and guiding me through this experience. With the help of those two, I learned more about Marketing and Social Media than I ever thought possible in a two-month span. I was able to gain valuable insight by sitting in on meetings each week and learning how the company is run from the inside. They made me feel like I was a part of the staff, and not just an expendable intern that would soon be forgotten. Marianne specifically took it upon herself to assign me tasks and teach me things that would prepare me for challenges I will face in the future.
I know now that I will go back to school this fall with knowledge and experience that will translate to success in my classes and beyond. “Delivering Extraordinary Experiences Everyday” is the mission of the company, and they delivered like they always do. Thank you, WOW!