In 1988, the first official Dîner en Blanc took place in the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. Until 1991, the venue remained the same but numbers quickly escalated from 200 initially to 400, to 800 in 1990 and 1,200 in 1991. By 1992, it was necessary to conceal the location of the dinner and the current process of using point-people to coordinate a batch of tables and provide transportation to the event began. Here’s a rundown of the locations of the Dîner en Blanc from its inception to today:

2017: Hôtel de Ville

Photo by Fabrice Labit from Dîner en Blanc International

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7 thoughts on “History of the Paris Dîner en Blanc: A Look Back

  1. Michelle,
    Your photos are fabulous. The atmosphere inside the Cour was wonderful….it was some of the best fun I’ve had in ages.

  2. Looks really cool but kind of elitist (or something like that). It would be nicer if most of the tickets were decided by some sort of raffle rather than handed out by the organisers.

    1. For the New York City dinner, there is a signup for anybody to get involved ( The non-Paris dinners are organized by the son of the original organizer. I know there is an intention of creating more openness even in the Paris one.

      1. Cool, I live near-ish Paris but definitely don’t have friends in high places =)

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