Thousands of People Attended This All-white Secret Dinner Party: Diner en Blanc

October 3, 2016 | Updated: 11:28 a.m., October 3, 2016

If you’ve never heard of Diner en Blanc there’s good reason: it’s a bit of a secret.

Once a year, attendees are transported to an undisclosed public location, decked head-to-toe in formal white fashions, with dinner, wine, flowers, champagne, tables, chairs and a plethora of other accoutrements in tow. Tables are carefully set, glasses poured, and dinner begins.



So what’s the point?

It started 30 years ago as a intimate gathering of Francois Pasquier and friends. Over the years as more and more people joined, the idea of dinner-as-art grew with it.

“This event brings together people of all races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds.If you look around, we have an amazing cultural diversity here tonight. And the only reason for gathering is to just come together as a city,” Diner en Blanc Dallas co-host Karen Raehpour told CW33.

To top it all off, a round of spectacular fireworks rounds out the night.


While the annual event is always secretive in nature, folks seem to be catching on. More than 60 cities worldwide now hold their own all-white fêtes.

Dallas is one of those cities. More than 2,000 people attended this year’s Diner en Blanc at the Dallas City Hall, a minimal, 1970s “inverted pyramid” designed by I.M. Pei.


The public setting served as an architectural canvas for the people, fashion, and elegant tablescapes that made the night unforgettable.

Check out more photos from Diner en Blanc Dallas below.