It started as a friends' reunion 25 years ago on a whim. Now, it is "the" event to be invited to if you are anybody in the French Capital. Its location is a jealously kept secret until the last minute. You need to bring your own table, chairs, friends, tableware and white tablecloth, food, flowers and drinks and be dressed in white!
Here are some of the key rules from the website of the event:
"Le Dîner en Blanc is quite different from other evenings. Seats are allotted on site in a very specific manner. - Once confirmed, the presence of each guest thus becomes essential and mandatory, whatever happens and regardless of weather conditions; - Colour: white only; - Bring a picnic basket, white table cloth, table (between 28”x28” and 32”x32”) and foldable chairs (white); - Arrive and depart by bus or organised public transit; - Bring one’s refuse when departing and leave the place as clean as it was upon arrival."
It is a good humored event, and although technically illegal, the authorities turn a blind eye - how can they with all this white??? - or should I say have an understanding that the event is well behaved and will be more of a publicity event for the City of Lights than a disruption to civil order...
And I have to say that I am quite impressed by my daughter, as she has been in Paris for a mere five months and she managed to get an invite! And it was a lot of fun I have been told. Here are a few more photos Laetitia shared with us. Now, you will have to try your luck next year!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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