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I missed another Paris pop up picnic !


Did my invitation go astray in the post ?

(big sigh…) Okay, I know I go on (and on, and on…) about this… But another year has flown by, and I still haven’t crossed that “Paris Picnic” off my bucket list ! A few weeks ago the annual (original) Diner en Blanc was held once more in the centre of Paris… the 1st arrondissement in fact (you can’t get more central than that !) And you probably can’t get more “parisienne” than Place Vendome – home to the Hôtel Ritz, the French Ministry of Justice… oh and the flagship stores of Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels…

The concept of le Diner en Blanc doesn’t change… after 28 years it is still one of the best summer parties in Paris ! As I’ve described in earlier posts…

“…highly anticipated amongst the lucky ‘few’ who attend, this massive picnic has a number of quirky characteristics… All guest outfits (and their picnic gear) must be entirely white, they bring everything along (hampers, tables and chairs – including exotic table settings and themes), the event is strictly by invitation only – and the location is always held in an iconic, very public space (but not necessarily where you’d imagine to have a picnic). To make it even more fun, the actual venue is only announced at very short notice (an hour or so beforehand…)”

The 2014 Paris event was held on 6 bridges across the River Seine, with over 13,000 revellers… the 2015 picnic hosted around 10,000 in the Palais Royal… and this year saw just 7,000 guests within the Place Vendome. Those smaller numbers might’ve been ‘coz the Place was still a thoroughfare for traffic – the 2016 official video on YouTube shows the roadway clear to allow buses, cars and the occasional classic 2CV weave amongst the diners !

So how does an Aussie get a ticket to the Paris pop up picnic ? Well, it’s unlikely… but there are certainly “down under” versions of the event we can attend. Check out the Diner en Blanc website for details of the Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth picnics (hey, most of those cities are also covered in our popUPshops Australia pages !) But if anyone has a spare seat for Paris, June 2017… do let me know (my picnic basket is packed !)


DeB Paris 2016

DeB Paris 2016 a

DeB Paris 2016 b

DeB Paris 2016 c

DeB Paris 2016 d

DeB Paris 2016 e


images :  Diner en Blanc, Paris 2016

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