How To Plan, Prep and Pack For Diner En Blanc

Diner en Blanc: The Ultimate Dining Experience in the Most Unusual Spaces

What is Diner en Blanc?  Dîner en Blanc was born in Paris. This all-white chic picnic is no ordinary picnic.  You must get invited by someone who is already a member or you can join the Houston Waiting List to receive an invitation. Guests must wear white, bring a table, chairs, decor and food.  Ç'est Magnifique!

I had a MEMORABLE time!  The vibe was strong and stimulating.  Looking over the crowd, all you see is an ocean of white.  The tabletop designs were very stylish and the various menu items prepared looked so enticing against the white place settings.  

Being a professional in the party industry made planning for this event fun and exciting. I used the same steps as if I were planning a cocktail party for a client.  You may think this is going to be a lot of work having to bring EVERYTHING, but it doesn't have to be if you are organized.  I'm going to walk you through the steps on how to plan, prep & pack for a fancy picnic for two.  

Diner en Blanc Houston 2016 - Minute Maid Park


These tickets go really fast, so don't PROCRASTINATE! 🙂

What are the key rules of the event?

  • In order to participate, guests must be a member or be sponsored by a member from the previous year, OR they must sign up on the official website's waiting list.
  • Once confirmed, each guests' participation in the event becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions, as Dîner en Blanc is a rain or shine event.
  • Participants arrive and then depart in unison by chartered bus or organized public transportation.
  • They take all of their belongings with them at the end of the night.

Must-bring items?

  • A table and two white chairs.
  • A picnic basket including a white tablecloth and napkins, gourmet meal items, cutlery, dishware, and glassware.
  • Wine or Champagne must be purchased through Diner en Blanc wine sponsor. Beer and hard alcohol is prohibited.

Dress Code

  • Participants must wear white (and white only) and be dressed elegantly.
  • Originality is always encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.


When planning your menu, keep in mind this is a picnic for two.  You won't need a lot of food, so you can get a little creative with your menu.  There is no stove or microwave to warm up your food, plus you'll be outside, so you may want to think about foods that keep well at room temperature, unless you're bringing a cooler to keep food cold.  If you live in Houston, a cooler is a great option.  Sometimes it 85 degrees at night.

TIP:  I used foil pans with lids to keep my food.  Clean up is easy and this is something you don't have to repack just toss in the trash, unless you have leftovers.

PREPAID WINE & CATERINGDiner En Blanc offers a prepaid catering service for convenience, check website for details. Outside wine, beer or liquor is prohibited, but you can pre-purchase your wine selections with Diner en Blanc's wine sponsor. You can pick up your dinner & wine at the secret venue. Make sure you observe the assigned deadlines for these services.

Feel free to visit my Pinterest board, All White Dinner Party Inspirations ,for more recipes. Here are a few delectable and easy suggestions to help you create the perfect menu:


DEB encourages participants to get creative with their tabletop design.  Every year you can expect to see over-the-top table decorations. REMEMBER, you have to carry these things to and from the picnic site and you won't know how far you have to walk, so less is more. if it's your time, I would suggest keeping it minimal and simple.  You don't want to get overwhelmed.  Visit my Pinterest board, All White Dinner Party, for a little inspiration.

Dinner is in the evening, so lighting can really set the mood.  You can incorporate strings of battery powered white lights, table lanterns or white battery operated candles. When deciding your tabletop design, create a mock-up at home.  This will help you to stay organized, plus set-up time at the venue is short, so you must be able to move quickly with confidence. It will save you time and frustration.

Below is a gallery of photos from around the web that demonstrate fabulous tabletop designs created for Diner en Blanc:

TIP:  Set up a mock setting to get an idea of what works and what won't work.


TABLE AND CHAIRS - Your table and chairs are your bulkiest items, I suggest using a folding cart.  This made my experience and my mood (lol) a whole lot better. I was also able to pack some of the other items I had to bring.  Here's the one I used.  This portable dollie is great as well, make sure you get the bungee cords to hold your items in place.   Whatever you decide, it has to fit underneath your table, so it needs to be compact.

Camping tables in a bag are great, they roll-up, light-weight and easy to carry. The table does not have to be white, as it will be covered with a table cloth.  

You can also rent your tables, chairs and linens at your local party rental store.  This option works well for those who don't want to purchase tables, chairs and linens.


You'll need to put all of your items in something easy to carry around and DEB highly recommends a picnic basket. If you don't bring a rolling cooler, I'd highly suggest a tote bag cooler or a Styrofoam cooler. We were able to put all of our food items in the small cooler and everything else, in the tote bag.

Of course, you can use what you have, but for things you don't have, I've sourced the internet for items I found on, &






The Essentials

  • 1 - Table (square 27" to 36")
  • 2 - White Chairs (other than white, use white chair cover)
  • Picnic Basket / Rolling Cooler
  • White Tablecloth
  • 2 - Napkins (white, cloth)
  • Dinner for Two
  • Cutlery/Service-ware
  • Dinner Plates (glass, porcelain, white or clear, no plastic or paper)
  • Wine/Beverage Glasses
  • Wine or Champagne. Beer and hard alcohol is prohibited.
  • Water/Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Decor & Miscellaneous:

  • Décor (white)
  • Votive candles (battery operated)
  • Food Containers
  • Water/Beverage
  • Trash Bags (for trash and dirty dishes) 
  • 1 Sharp Knife (if needed for your food)
  • Paper Towels (for clean up)
  • Wet Wipes/Antibacterial Wash
  • Bottle Opener
  • Ice Packs
  • Rolling Cart


DAY OF - On the day of, bring your confirmation letter and your Photo ID, they will check.  Make sure you have on the appropriate apparel. IF IT"S NOT WITHIN THE GUIDELINES, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.  WHITE APPAREL, NO BEIGE, NO TAUPE.  These rules are strictly enforced.

You will depart from your designated location and transported by bus to the secret location.  After you arrive, your Table Leader will guide you to your designated dining area.  You begin to set-up your table and after a certain amount of time, everyone will wave their white napkin in the air signaling Diner en Blanc has begun. 

I hope this post was helpful and I look forward to seeing you at Diner En Blanc Houston.

Bon Jour!


NOTE:  This editorial is not affiliated with or sponsored by Diner en Blanc.  All opinions are my own from my personal experience with attending Diner en Blanc in Houston

5 Ways To “Say Yes To Summer”

Nothing says "summer" like WATERMELON!  

When I was a kid, summer was everything.  School was out for the next 3 months, family vacay, but most of all it meant family reunion time.  Where there's a family reunion, there's watermelon.  

I can remember driving to the country, aka Belleville, Texas about 65 miles outside of Houston, with my family anticipating the fun me and my sisters were going to have with our cousins.  Driving up highway 290, we would stop at a fruit stand in Hemptead, conveniently located on the side of the road, and buy 2 to 3 large watermelons to take to the festivities.  

Once we arrived, my uncles would take the watermelons and place them in a large barrel of ice with other melons.  OMG! Who doesn't love cold watermelon with a little bit of salt!

So to kick off the season, I have joined forces with to showcase 5 different ways to “Say Yes to Summer" with the fruit that's closely associated with summertime celebrations, watermelon.  I have curated a cool and colorful list of  ways to honor the summer season through food and drink.  Ahhhh, so fresh and so clean.

OPTION #1 - Cocktails

Watermelon Margaritas


  • 4 parts Tequila
  • 2 parts Orange Liqueur
  • 3 cups, chilled, seeded and cut into pieces Watermelon
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Lime or Watermelon Wedge and Mint for garnish


Freeze cubed watermelon in a plastic bag for a minimum of 2 hours. Add all ingredients to a blender, puree until smooth. Serve in glasses rimmed with salt and garnished with a lime or watermelon wedge.  Serves 4. 

OPTION #2 - Frozen Treats

  • 2 cups of watermelon (minus the seeds, of course 🙂 
  • Lime juice from 3 small limes


  1. Blend ingredients in a blender (add small amounts of water, if the mixture is too sweet)
  2. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for 4-6 hours.

Watermelon Popsicles

OPTION #3 - Clean + Fresh

Watermelon Salad

  • 6 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons prepared strawberry balsamic dressing
  • 5 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine watermelon, onion, feta and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Add arugula and toss again. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

OPTION #4 - Socialize

Say Yes to Summer

This summer, Evite wants to celebrate all the creative ways people “Say Yes to Summer” by hosting a photo contest inviting summer enthusiasts to share how they’re saying yes to. Submit your photo for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card!  

Evite is always the easiest way to bring friends and family together for your events, big or small.


OPTION #5 - Partying Just Because

Take all the previous options, mix in some family and friends and you've got the recipe for a fun and festive celebration.  Summer is a great excuse to enjoy all kinds of events, gatherings and parties.  Get the word out through
Evite’s summer invitation categories feature a variety of designs perfect for saying yes to summer, as well as the option to design your own invitations.  Nothing says "summer" like a backyard barbecue.


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Party On-The-Fly with Style: Jewelry Making Holiday Party

Hello darlings! I hope your holiday season is going well!

Our party partners,, has challenged their Brand Influencers, a group of bloggers and designers who know how to party, to share our tips on how to plan a "party on the fly".  The challenge was to host a party that didn't fit the usual holiday party theme, such as Ugly Sweater or White Elephant.  We had to think outside the box, like M. Night Shyamalan, and add a "twist" to it. LOL.  And did I mention, limited time and a budget of $100.

Planning a last minute gathering does not have to be stressful.  You have a lot to do in a short period of time, so keep to your plan simple, easy and use a lot of what you already have at home.  To all my fellow procrastinators, relax.......follow my easy-peasy tips for planning a stylish, stress-free last minute shin-dig.

Cocktails & Crafts: Jewelry Making Party


I decided to host a "Cocktails & Crafts: Jewelry Making Party". I thought this would be a great idea for my guests to make something special for someone special.  Handcrafted items are always a great idea for a Christmas gift.  So I placed a call to my friend, Sherri Singleton, a fabulous jewelry designer, to serve as the instructor.  She agreed and then the planning began.

Get The Word Out


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Procrastinators REJOICE! is your answer to getting the word out FAST and FREE.  It's the easiest way to invite your fabulous friends over for a little last minute holiday cheer.  They have an awesome collection of invitation designs you can send electronically for FREE.  All you have to do is choose a design, input the party details, add your email addresses and SEND.  You will get notifications when someone Replies and it keeps track of who hasn't responded.  

Before you send the invitation, call each guest to give them a heads up.  When planning a last minute gathering, it's best to contact your guests by phone first.  Some may have plans already and can't attend or some may come by later after a previous engagement.  This is also helpful when it comes to planning the menu, it will give you an approximate number of guests who will be attending so you can plan accordingly. Get as much info you can while you have them on the phone, i.e., email addresses or food allergies, if you don't already know.  Also, make them aware that an Evite invite will follow with all the party details and to please RSVP.

Food & Beverage


Plan a simple and easy menu.  I used my entire budget to purchased items that were already prepared and ready to eat:

  • Veggies with ranch dip & hummus
  • Assorted Cheese & Crackers
  • Antipasto
  • Fresh fruits: strawberries, sliced apples, and grapes
  • Tea sandwiches (I took left over turkey from Thanksgiving and made a turkey salad with cranberries & walnuts.)
  • Signature Drink - Moscato (I had a few bottles leftover from a previous party)

The Scene

If you are anything like me, your Christmas tree and holiday decor has been up since November 1st (smile).  If you don't have an holiday decor up, pull out the old votive candles and place them strategically  throughout the party area. To add a little aroma in the air, I burned my favorite essential oil, Spiced Patchouli.  It's exotic and not overpowering.

Being a creative who loves to design and make beautiful things, I had everything needed for my guests to get inspired to create. I placed everything needed to make jewelry on the dining table, including 2 organza drawstring jewelry pouches for each guest to place their finished designs in, ready for gift giving.



Post Party

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Of course, a good host will always send a thank you card. can help you with that as well.  

As you can see planning a party on the fly is possible.  It's not rocket science, just keep it simple, easy and fun!








{ This post was a partnership with Evite. I was compensated by Evite for my time in developing this post. All opinions are my own. }

DIY: Witch Hat Cupcake Stand

Party With Style

Add a bit of whimsy to your Halloween tabletop design with a Witch Hat cupcake holder.

This project is stylish and easy as ONE-BOO-THREE!



  • Paper Mache Witch Hat
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plates or Foil Pans





  1. Cover work surface with paper or use a foil pan or paper plate.
  2. Use sponge brush to apply glue to hat.
  3. Cover paper mache hat completely with glue.
  4. Sprinkle glitter over hat.
  5. Let dry a little and repeat until you get desired look.
  6. Place mini-cupcakes on brim of hat and display.

4 Steps to Creating an Easy DIY Photo Booth


A photo area with a fabulous backdrop design, plus a cool photo booth app is a great way to get your party started!

Get inspired and take this opportunity to explore your creativity.  Add some POP to your party by making your own photo-op stop.  Design something unique, something stylish and something that says PARTY OVER HERE!

So, put on your thinking cap and pour on the OOMPH!  Go ahead....get creative.

Share your DIY photo backdrop with us, we would love to share it on our social media sites.

4 Steps to Creating an Easy DIY Photo Booth:

STEP 1 - Create A Backdrop

The easiest way to create a backdrop is to use a wall in a well lit area.  You can use fabric, crepe paper, balloons or my favorite...wrapping paper.  Just tape or pin your material to the wall.  Keep in mind that you will need at least 6' tall x 8' wide  of wall space.

Click HERE or HERE to get inspired by a few of my favorites I found around the web.


STEP 2 - Grab A Few Props 

Props and costumes are part of the fun! Place props on a small table next to the photo area.  Boas, large plastic glasses, tiaras, cowboy hats, whatever you can find at home or purchase from the dollar store.  

Custom Photo Props by Party Elements. Click image to download photo prop sign for FREE.


STEP 3 - Download Evite's Photo Booth App

Now you need a great photo app.  Our friends at have released a new photo booth app that's to die for.  Turn your iPad into a touchscreen photo booth. Evite Photo Booth allows you to bring the fun of a photo booth to their party on an iPad. You can choose from a number of designs, borders, and filters to customize the look and feel of you photo booth. Taking photos is fast and seamless. It is easy to save and share the photo strips to friends and family during or after the party. It's fun and easy to use. Just download the app on your IPad and let the selfies begin!

STEP 4 - Call your friends and have a party!


{ This post was a partnership with Evite. I was compensated by Evite for my time in developing this post. All opinions are my own. }