Updated: Sep 5, 2022
Long awaited 9th edition of the best all-white party
Are you looking for a fun and unique night out in Toronto? Then look no further than Diner en Blanc! This one-of-a-kind event is a pop-up picnic held at a secret location which is only revealed to guests on the day of the event. Everyone dresses in all white and brings their own food, drink, and tableware. It's a great way to meet new people and see Toronto in a whole new light!
Diner en Blanc was started in Paris over 25 years ago and has since spread to major cities all over the world, including Toronto. The event is always held outdoors, and guests are given just a few hours' notice as to the location so that they can plan their outfit and food accordingly. This year's Diner en Blanc was held on July 28th at Ontario Place where guests dined and danced under the stars for the first time in last two years.
How to Register?
Tickets to Diner en Blanc are notoriously difficult to come by. The event always sells out well in advance, so if you're hoping to score tickets, you'll need to act fast. Registration for Toronto's Diner en Blanc opens in early spring - keep an eye on the official website (https://toronto.dinerenblanc.com/) for details.
Registration for Le Dîner en Blanc takes place in 3 phases:
Phase 1: Members from the previous year and friends of the organization and leaders
Phase 2: Friends "sponsored" by Phase 1 members
Phase 3: People who signed up to the waiting list
You'll need to register as an individual or as part of a group, and then cross your fingers that you'll be chosen to attend!
What to Wear at Diner En Blanc
As the name suggests, Diner en Blanc is an all-white affair. This means that your outfit should be head-to-toe white - no exceptions! Many people choose to go with elegant dresses or even borrowed gowns for this special occasion, but get creative with your look and have fun with it. Remember, this is a party, so don't be afraid to dress up and go all out!
Your outfit must be all white, from head to toe (including shoes and accessories). No other colours (including off-white or cream) are acceptable. If your outfit matches a piece of plain white paper, you’re on the right track! T-shirts, athletic shoes, baseball caps and casual shorts, as well as any non-white or colourful items, are prohibited.
What to Bring at Diner En Blanc
If you've never been to Diner en Blanc before, you might be wondering what to expect. First and foremost, it's important to remember that this event is BYOE (bring your own everything including food/tableware/folding chairs/decor). As for the food, most people curate their own menu and then mingle and socialize with fellow guests. And of course, don't forget to bring something sweet for dessert!
Guests must bring:
A table, two white chairs, and white tablecloth.
A picnic basket comprising fine food and proper stemware and white dinnerware.
A catered picnic basket option, which can be picked up on site, will be available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc’s e-store.
Key Rules of Diner En Blanc:
To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as staying true to tradition, guests are asked to observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules:
Dress code: elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
Table setting: all white!
As per Ontario alcohol regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy some wine or Champagne, must reserve online through Le Dîner en Blanc’s e-store. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages
To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until the last minute, guests meet at assigned departure locations and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer.
In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
Diner en Blanc is a truly unique event that is not to be missed. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, with events now being held in cities all over the world. Toronto's Diner en Blanc is always highly anticipated, and for good reason - it's simply one of the best parties in the city. If you're lucky enough to secure a spot you're in for an unforgettable night.