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What is Diner en Blanc?

September 4th, 2018 by Joe Napales

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.

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