Yesterday I received the email that confirmed my seats at the first New York City Dîner en Blanc. Even though I’ve been to the Paris Dîner en Blanc a few times and it’s much more mysterious how to get a seat there since it’s all through connections. I was really excited to get this confirmation. There’s something about New York–buzz can be created about anything, from as small as a cupcake to a 1000 person pop-up dinner.

For those still waiting for your registration e-mail, don’t freak out. The first round is for friends of the organization, the next round of registration is for those that signed up on the waiting list at You’ll need to be quick though, since each registrant gets two seats, it doesn’t leave much room.

How does one prepare for the Dîner en Blanc? Here’s what we packed for two to this year’s dinner in Paris:

For NYC, we’ll be bringing white chairs instead

– 1 bottle champagne
– 1 bottle of red wine
(convivial imbibing and sharing is encouraged)

Table setup:
– 1 picnic bag
– 2 wine glasses
– 1 enormous white umbrella (there was a chance of rain)
– 1 card table
– 2 wooden chairs
-1 white tablecloth
– Real plates and silverware
– Candles
– 2 garbage bags for cleanup

– Charcuterie
– Duck Riette
– 2 baguettes
– Tuna tartare
– Salad with tomatoes and French-style balsamic, olive oil dressing with a hint of mustard
– Strawberries for dessert
– 1 Nikon SLR camera

– This year in Paris I wore a long custom silk dress in the grecian style with leather J.Crew capri sandals. I asked the tailor to make the dress length as if it was made to only be worn indoors. I sort of paid for that by carrying the end of my dress everywhere…but I loved it! Last year I went a bit more elegant casual, which is generally the way to go in Paris. In New York, I will wear a a MiuMiu dress. My favorite fashion styles I’ve seen at the dinner were women in pantsuits or shorts and this year a model at our table wore an oversized (but extremely short) flared men’s style shirt with high, high heels.

One of the fun parts is seeing all the clever ways people transport everything. One guy had the card table strapped to his back. Others managed to arrive by Vespa with all of their gear. Some get everything onto a wheeled cart, others pack their food in suitcases.

The flow of thousands of people into the space each year is pretty incredible and in Paris, the sparklers are always lit at 11 pm. Two years ago, a dance party broke out in the Tuileries Gardens and I can only hope for so much at the first New York City  Dîner en Blanc. See you there and as always, Untapped will be reporting on the evening with photographs.  We have some guesses as to where the dinner will be in New York City, but as it’s a notoriously well-kept secret, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

Here are the rules for the NYC  Dîner en Blanc!

See photographs from the Paris  2011  and  2010  dinners, and a  look back to the fabulous locations  the dinner has been in Paris.  

Get in touch with the author @untappedmich.

31 thoughts on “We’re going to the New York City Dîner en Blanc! Here’s what to bring.

  1. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your site.

  2. Hi Michelle,

    you seem to be really into this… Maybe you can help me, I have a question: I would love to make a film for german TV about the NY-event…. I know Diner en Blanc from Berlin…. To whom should I talk for a filming permission? Unfortunately I missed the registration date, so I am not on the list right now… 🙂

    Thanks for your help!!!

  3. Get ready to regret signing up successfully.

    Village Voice – ” Its location hasn’t yet been disclosed, but when it is, expect 30,000 people to descend upon it with torches and pitchforks. Vive la France!”

    I personally am opting for red tomatoes!

  4. I registered at 2 p.m. on Friday, but apparently was caught in the net of 21,000 others who were allowed to pay but not allowed to attend. Received my refund via Paypal today. So, alas, I will not be going to this event. I really wish the Diner en Blanc had been better organized. I’ve already spent $200 buying white attire and picnic gear. What a waste!

  5. Hi Michelle, where did you get your picnic bag and your table/chairs from? Also, does the table have to be full height as a normal table or can it be closer to the ground (ie a table in a bag that’s approximately 16″ high)? Thanks!

    1. Hi Claudine–these were things purchased in France for the Paris dinner. The tables are card table height I believe, I’ve never seen low ones. You should check with the official rules that were sent. I plan to get my chairs and tables from Ikea this time.

    1. Its subject is rules of the Diner en Blanc and opens with ¨We are proud to confirm you that you are registered to attend the Dîner en Blanc de New York on August 25th.”
      I registered as a friend of organization however on Wednesday, not via the waiting list.

  6. Bad news for us and 21,000 others: apparently, organizers did not program a limit of 10,000 into the registration process. As a result, 31,000 people registered (and paid for) the event. Those who did not receive a confirmatory email will be turned away (and, hopefully, refunded). Some are proposing those not able to register organize an alternative “Diner en Noir”

  7. So, I got the email with a code to use to register @ 2 PM today. The web registration process was a bit buggy, but, ultimately, I was able to register and pay. Just a little concerned that, until I receive the email indicating my assembly point and group leader, something can go wrong.

    Any guesses about location? Central or Prospect Park? Museum? Where else can 1000 people gather, set up card tables and have a uniquely New York view?

    1. It should be ok, I am following up for some friends who have the same issue. I will keep you posted. my lips are sealed on location but those are very good guesses! 🙂

  8. Yey! Registration done and I *am* going to the Diner en Blanc NY! So excited -) See you there for a magical night!

    1. Congratulations!! See you there! I hope you will share with us your photos from the night too!

  9. I am bringing my boyfriend and I was told that the event organizers have decided to not discriminate against same-sex couples by permitting men to only come with women and vice versa. If I am wrong, does that mean my boyfriend has to wear a dress?

    1. They did revise the rule–I hope to see you both there in great style!

  10. Thank you, Michelle,

    I received my email registration confirmation today and will be taking care of that tomorrow. Your email was a great read, very helpful, indeed. I hope to be there on August 25!

  11. Michelle, must my guest be of the opposite gender? May I bring a same-sex friend, or is it male/female only?

    1. I’m not involved in the organization but the rules are apparently male/female but you can coordinate with another same-sex group. There has been some controversy over this rule (see comment from Dean and post by LettersfromTitan (on trackback below).

    1. You’ll get information from your pedestrian leaders, as the meeting points are in 20 locations throughout the city. They will then take you to the event which I believe begins at 7pm.

  12. Thank you so much for the info and pictures! I just received the waiting list link and appreciated your post very much.

  13. Hi, I was just curious about the purchase and payment tabs in the snapshot above. Is there a charge when you sign up or do they just need your cc to secure your place?

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