The countdown is on to Tauranga’s first-ever Le Diner en Blanc and creative collaborators are pulling out all stops to make the secret, pop-up picnic nothing short of extraordinary. The coveted top-secret event is all about the style, glamour and creating a night to remember. Here’s some last minute tips for Le Diner en Blanc – Tauranga on Saturday 18 March.
1 – All guests must dress in white from head to toe. The elegant and tasteful white dress code also extends to accessories, so make sure your shoes, hats, scarves and gloves also fit the bill. The event will go ahead rain, hail or shine so pop a clear/white poncho in your bag just in case!
2 – Add some finishing touches to your table decor. “Think elegant and luxurious,” says Shaye Woolford of On My Hand Props, Flora and Styling, who will be transforming the mystery location from everyday to exceptional. As well as bringing the table, tablecloth, cloth napkins, plates, cutlery and glasses, layer it up with extra fun details like party balloons, gemstones or quartz.
3 – When it comes to dressing your table, reach for white marble. Most homeware stores are brimming with serving boards, trivets and platters.
4 – Strike a pose. Guests will enjoy capturing their Diner en Blanc experience with unlimited instant take-home photos from The Amazing Travelling Photobooth. It’s about creating memories with your friends, so practise your best poses, grab a prop and have fun!
5 – Complete your outfit. A great scent can provide the perfect je nes se quoi. Try GEORGE & EDI’s new creme perfume fragrance ‘Liquorice’ – a hypnotic, powdery and mysterious fragrance with notes of spice, liquorice and cedar.
6 – Light it up. Guests can get up close and personal with bespoke lighting from Light Viking and use it as backdrops for creating the perfect selfie. Creator Darcia Mather says “Lighting is a key component for any event, but especially one of this scale – our installation will come into its own, especially when the sun sets and ambient lighting takes over.” Add to the ambience with your own glow sticks or battery-operated fairy lights.
7 – Final course. Whether you’re thinking meringues with whipped cream, coconut bliss balls or white chocolate mousse, you don’t have to be an expert to whip up a treat for dessert. Want to save on dishes? Pre-serve your dessert in small individual portions or ramekins so you don’t have to lug serving spoons or extra bowls.
8 – Don’t forget flowers! Choose in-season white hydrangeas, lisianthus, chrysanthemum, roses, stock, lilies and gentiana. If you don’t have time to arrange your own, On My Hand is creating white posies, which will be on sale in the online store in the lead up to the event when you login as a member here.
9 – Leave the booze at home. BYO alcohol is not permitted but is available for pre-purchase from the online store until 10 March. There will also be water and non-alcoholic options available for purchase on the night.
10 – Leave it to the pros. While bringing your own picnic basket packed full of goodies is encouraged, if you’d rather leave it to the pros, order a Le Diner en Blanc picnic hamper ahead of time when you login to the online store at tauranga.dinerenblanc.com. The hampers will include gourmet food for two, carefully curated by Good Things Kitchen to showcase beautiful local ingredients including traditional Heilala Vanilla French macarons from local baker extraordinaire, Dani from Spongedrop.