The Magic City #DEBBHAM Experience: Le Diner en Blanc Birmingham 2019

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Wonder. Wow. Whimsy.  All three words are used to describe last week’s Le Diner en Blanc Birmingham.  This was the inaugural year for the event to be hosted in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Magic City (another name for Birmingham) has emerged from its traditional roots and becoming an innovative, sophisticated mecca.

Therefore, it’s only fitting that such an event had its turn with tastemakers and professionals residing in the Birmingham area.

Hosts for the exclusive all-white picnic were Jasmine and Lynda Allen, owners of Destination Birmingham which is a local event management firm.

DEB Ambassador & Group Leader 2019:

Le Diner en Blanc Timeline:

Arrival:

6:30 p.m. – Guests were asked to meet at various locations in the downtown area.  From there they walked to the final event spot.  To everyone’s surprise, the beautiful all-white picnic took place at 20th Street North near the Regions-Harber Plaza and Cathedral Church of The Advent.

7:30 p.m. – After the place-settings were established and beverages picked up, the official napkin wave began which signified that dinner had started.

Various activities took place in-between dinner that included lighting the sparklers and posing in front of a beautiful floral backdrop.

9:00 p.m. – The upbeat music and artistic paintings showcased for Le Diner en Blanc Birmingham members and guests ensured that everyone had a wonderful time!

Ending:

11:30 p.m. – Oh yes, and the after-party took place at The Tutwiler Bar and Grille.

jusqu’à l’année prochaine translate until next year!

Photos are from Instagram

Diner En Blanc Table Essentials and Supplies: Easy Go-To Guide

Le Diner En Blanc Birmingham is this weekend!  All of the guests are eagerly gathering supplies and preparing for a magical night.

One important factor surrounding this exclusive picnic includes bringing the right supplies.  The keyword to remember is white (or blanc).

But, don’t worry we have you covered by sharing the basics:

DIY Le Diner En Blanc Tips:

1.  Purchase your table in the right dimensions and place a beautiful white tablecloth over the top.

2.  If you can’t find white chairs, spray paint traditional metal chairs.

3.  Don’t forget your luggage cart for carrying items.

4.  Create a beautiful centerpiece from stores such as Michaels Arts and Crafts.

Le Diner En Blanc Table Essentials:

1.  White Dinner Napkins

2.  White Plates

3.  Table Decor

4.  White Tablecloth

5.  Flameless Candles

6.  Glassware

7.  Bottle Opener

8.  Trash Bag

9.  Water

10.  Umbrella

Let this blog post be your checklist for packing items.  For those that have previously attended, do you have suggestions?

Leave them in the comment box.

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Diner En Blanc Exclusive Event: Guide To The Official Dress Code

Diner En Blanc Birmingham is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Everyone’s excited about attending the event!  But, there’s one common question, “Kim, what should I wear?”

Featured Photo from Pinterest

One of the rules is that participants must wear all-white attire (not cream) and accessories.  This rule applies to both men and women. Items that are prohibited include T-shirts, colorful sports shoes, baseball caps, gym shorts.

To help guests prepare and plan their outfit choices, take a look at the three options below:

Lace Tailored Jumpsuit – ASOS
Eyelet Dress – Amazon
Off The Shoulder Crepe Dress – Macy’s

 

Local Retailers With All-White Attire:
  1. Saks Fifth Avenue
  2. Ann Taylor
  3. White House Black Market

Ladies, it’s suggested that you wear comfortable shoes while transporting items to the official location.  Also, Le Diner En Blanc attendee’s must participate whether it’s rain or shine.

Don’t forget to pack your chic umbrella or raincoat!

About Diner en Blanc International 

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more infophotos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.  

 

About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Birmingham 

As the city’s only Destination Management Company (DMC), Destination Birmingham is the destination liaison for meeting planners and special event clients. We are logistic gurus and our passion is showcasing Greater Birmingham. We specialize in event production, meeting management, and tours. Our expertise is logistic solutions, venue selection, and itinerary planning. We apply our creativity to your vision and engage our community connections to produce a memorable event.

Birmingham Joins the list of Cities to Host the International Event Diner en Blanc #DebBirmingham

Le Dîner en Blanc, the popular Parisian-style pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Birmingham for the first time ever this October. The exact date will be announced later on.   

 

To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or get on the waiting list via the official website.  If you want to be part of this inaugural event, sign up now on the waiting list at register.dinerenblanc.com/birmingham/en/register. 

 

Le Dîner en Blanc began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognize one another. In June 2018, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. In 2009, the first-ever export of Le Dîner en Blanc took place in Montreal, Canada, followed by a first American edition in 2011 in New York City. After its successful New York debut, Diner en Blanc International was created to bring the Parisian secret to more cities around the world. Le Dîner en Blanc is now held in over 80 cities all over the world including London, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Toronto, Nairobi, and Los Angeles, with over 130,000 annual guests 

 

Now for the first time ever, Birmingham will host its own Le Dîner en Blanc, thanks to local hosts Jasmine Allen.  “As Birmingham grows and competes on an international level, it is imperative that Destination Birmingham, the city’s only DMC, reflect those efforts by recruiting international events such as Diner en Blanc.  These type events not only provide entertainment and culture but also boost tourism and help push the City of Birmingham as the go-to Destination Location in the South” says Jasmine Allen, owner of Destination Birmingham.   

 

To uphold Le Dîner en Blanc’s tradition, guests of around the world must dress head-to-toe in white and are requested to bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware, and a gourmet meal.   

 

A large part of the excitement surrounding Le Dîner en Blanc is the secrecy surrounding the event location which is kept secret until the very last moment. Guests are given rendezvous to a departure point when they purchase their tickets. 

 

 About Diner en Blanc International 

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more infophotos, and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.  

 

About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Birmingham 

As the city’s only Destination Management Company (DMC), Destination Birmingham is the destination liaison for meeting planners and special event clients. We are logistic gurus and our passion is showcasing Greater Birmingham. We specialize in event production, meeting management, and tours. Our expertise is logistic solutions, venue selection, and itinerary planning. We apply our creativity to your vision and engage our community connections to produce a memorable event.

 

For full details on the rules and regulations, visit birmingham.dinerenblanc.com 

 
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