2014 Diner en Blanc - Sold Out!

Posted by Drew McKenzie on August 11, 2014 | 0 comment

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Everyone - we are pleased to announce that the 2014 event has sold out. We know that many had issues with Phase 3 registration earlier today. We applogize for any poor experience you might have had but the previous Phases were so popular that there were very few seats for several thousand that were on our waitlist. Our team locally is working with the International organizers to review the issues we experienced to continue to improve. Unfortuantely ev...

Phase 3 Invites (Waiting List) Go Out August 11

Posted by Drew McKenzie on August 09, 2014 | 0 comment

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Waiting list invites will be sent out Monday morning, August 11, and registration will open at 12pm eastern. Due to overwhelming demand in the first two phases of registration, there are very few spots remaining. If you have a friend that is expecting to receive a Phase 3 invite, we would suggest that you plan to register right at 12pm to have the best opportunity to secure one of our few remaining spots for this year's Diner en Blanc. Also remind...

Phase 2 (Sponsored Guests) Invites Go Out August 4

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Posted by Drew McKenzie on August 01, 2014 | 1 comment

Sponsored guests will receive their invitations on Monday morning, August 4, and ...

2014 Phase 1 Invites Go Out on July 28!

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Posted by Drew McKenzie on July 10, 2014 | 0 comment

Hi Everyone, Our host committee has been at work on finalizing all the details...

2014 Diner en Blanc Date Set - September 6, 2014

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Posted by Drew McKenzie on June 19, 2014 | 0 comment

We are pleased to announce that we have set a date for the Diner en Blanc Cincinn...

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Is it an illegal activity?

Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris is held on the most prestigious sites of the city, without authorization. The first editions were not easy to put in place. Today, the French authorities know the organization and know that it’s always well controlled. Moreover, the event’s photogenic quality adds to the city’s image of a modern and stylish city, open to the world. To ensure the safety of our International DEB guests, we require that the local hosts have the proper authorization, permits and insurances before proceeding with their event.

How many Dîner en Blanc events are there in the world?

There are close to 60 events scheduled, or in the process of being approved for 2015! Most take place in North America and Europe with a total of one hundred thousand members participating each year. The largest and most internationally recognized Dîner en Blanc, is the original event in Paris. Instigated over 27 years ago by François Pasquier and his close friends, it attracts today almost 15,000 people yearly. The second largest event is based in Montreal, Canada with 5,500 guests.

I have seen that many of your events worldwide are associated with certain brands, is there a possibility for sponsorship opportunities?

Dîner en Blanc International prides itself on being associated with some of the most exciting and elegant brands worldwide, however this event is first and foremost a dinner amongst friends and is not intended to be an event overly saturated with brand and marketing opportunities.

What are the key rules 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.

How can we participate?

One must know a member of the organisation to receive an invitation. In other words, it’s a friendly co-optation system.

Why are the tables and chairs not being rented this year?

It’s almost impossible to find 1500 identical tables and it can be very difficult having to deal with several suppliers. In Paris, guests have always brought their own table and chairs and it’s much simpler that way. They thus play a bigger role and, in a way, they too become organisers of the festivity. As well, we would like to keep the same friends over several years and their table will in this way become cost-effective.

With a waiting list of several thousand people, why not open up more registrations this year?

Le Dîner en Blanc is not trying to beat participation records. We wish to maintain the spirit and quality of the event. For this reason, we have no choice but to favour quality over quantity and to expand without taking shortcuts.

There are lots of rules and many of the guests may find these restrictive. Isn’t there a risk that this will inhibit the spontaneity and festivity which are at the origin of the concept?

All these rules may in effect seem restrictive, and can be seen as over-controlling. One must keep in mind that the Dîner en Blanc is not an ordinary event. The evening takes place in a public place which was not designed for such a purpose and is often very busy. It must necessarily be very controlled in order for future editions to be held. Such measures never taint the festive and friendly spirit which prevails each year.
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