Monday 12 August 2013

Bon appétit :: Le Dîner en Blanc Mystérieux

 

A Pop-Up Picnic ~  the secret Dinner in White is a refined flash-mob feast! 

Launched with just a handful of friends in France,  the ultimate picnic-chic dinner party celebrated the 25th year of the Diner en Blanc tradition at the Trocadéro and Louvre in Paris. Guests wear white and uk cialis the venue is not revealed until the last minute. The Diner en Blanc tradition that has now spread worldwide.

Al fresco dining: Diners were only told the venue of the 'flashmob' dinner by email shortly before dinner started and within an hour, thousands had descended within their tables

People, all dressed up head to toe in white, enjoy al fresco dining on china plates and bottles of champagne to toast Diner en Blanc’s birthday at the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

All white: Diners also gathered at the Louvre to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Diner en Blanc tradition that has now spread worldwide

Diner en Blanc: People, all dressed up in white, have a dinner on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Celebration: Diners have to dress head to toe in white and bring a picnic table and white table cloth to the event
Come dine with us: More than 15,000 people were expected to attended for dinner but only invited guests are allowed a seat

The All White Night rules are:

Attendance is by invite only and guests are only told the illustrious location an hour before dinner starts.

They must arrive by public transport, bring a guest and

be dressed all in white with a picnic table, wine and food.

Eat to the beat: A band entertains diners eating al fresco in the where to buy cialis in canada shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Eat to the beat: A band entertains diners who ate al fresco in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower last night
Fine dining: Guests wore all their finest white clothes, brought china plates and bottles of champagne to toast Diner en Blanc's birthday
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

It’s a tradition going back a quarter of a century, but really not one where you want to spill the red wine. Thousands of foodies dressed from head to toe in sparkling white converged on Paris last night to quaff champagne and eat fine foods together as the annual Diner en Blanc celebrated its 25th birthday.

Diners, who had signed up for the event were kept in the dark as to the location of the giant dinner party right up until the last minute, but were told to make their way to either the Trocadéro or the grounds of the Louvre via email earlier in the evening.

Within the hour, row upon row of picnic tables – complete with white table cloths – were set up, wine was uncorked and canadian viagra no prescription revellers began sharing food at the looking for viagra spectacular event. Guests enjoyed their dinner against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and the city’s most iconic museum until midnight, when they pack up their rubbish and cheapest cialis in uk leave.

The tradition began in 1988 when a group of ten friends decided they wanted to eat at a forbidden spot in the French capital. They dined as a 200 strong flash mob at the Jardins de Bagatelle, a favourite spot of French royalty including Marie Antoinette.

Since then the event has gone global with versions of the dinner taking place in European cities such as Milan and Barcelona and much further afield in more than a dozen locations in the US, Canada, Singapore and even Rwanda and the Ivory Coast. The craze finally made the short journey from its Paris home across the Channel to London only last September when thousands of diners converged on the South Piazza of Covent Garden.

The Paris version remains the tradition’s definitive one. Each year the guest list exceeds 15,000 say organisers and past dinners have taken place at such illustrious settings as the Pont des Arts, the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.

Be our guest: The grounds of the Louvre have hosted the Diner en Blanc event in the past, which started when a group of friends wanted to dine in a forbidden area in 1988
 
Opulent: The square at the centre of Paris's most famous museum provided a magnificent backdrop for those who arrived to eat at this year's dinner

INVITE ONLY!

  • Guests at both venues would have either had to have attended the last Paris event or been invited by someone who did. Everyone who is invited must bring a guest and cialis uk cheap purchase buy arrive by public transport.
  • Guests must bring a picnic table, a picnic basket, foldable cheers and a table cloth – all in white of course.
  • Men and women sit on opposite sides of the table to one another and guests are forbidden to sit down until their entire row have set up their table.
  • No excuses: if you are invited, don’t let a double booking or inclement weather put you off – if you fail to turn up or don’t abide by the events rules then you won’t be invited back.
No excuses: Diner enjoyed good weather for the event, but shouldn't be deterred by inclement weather - if you fail to turn up and are on the guest list then you are blacklisted from future events
THE STORY

Launched by François Pasquier and his close friends 25 years ago, Paris’ Dîner en Blanc now brings together over 10,000 people each year in some of the most prestigious locations throughout the French capital.

In the summer of 1988, Pasquier had just returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wished to attend that he asked them to convene at Bois de Boulogne dressed in white, so as to be recognizable to one another. Each attendee was also asked to bring a friend. The evening was such a hit that guests wanted more friends to join-in the following year and thus was born the concept of Dîner en Blanc.

In June 1991, four years after the event’s debut, the founding group of friends decided to organize their Dîner in one of the French capital’s most beautiful locations, Pont des Arts, in the heart of Paris (a first). Knowing fully well that local authorities would never allow such an event to take place there, keeping the location a secret until the very last minute was crucial to the success of the event.

Following in his François Pasquier’s footsteps, one of his sons, Aymeric Pasquier, moved to Montreal and generic viagra softabs kept the family tradition going when he came together with friends to hold the first Dîner en Blanc in August of 2009. In 2011, Aymeric partnered-up with Sandy Safi to launch the first American Dîner en Blanc in New York. The United States held its first Dîner en Blanc in New York on August 25th, 2011. That evening, 1,200 diners (selected from over 30,000 hopefuls) celebrated outdoors at a yet-to-be-disclosed location amid live music and dancing, with festive white balloons and sparklers. Guests, dressed in elegant white, brought their own epicurean feasts, tables, chairs, glasses, silver and white napery.

Aymeric Pasquier and Sandy Safi then came together to create Dîner en Bland International, a Dîner en Blanc organization that would promote the history and philosophy of this event through hosts worldwide, and create an international network of diners and Dîner en Blanc enthusiasts. With over a dozen cities having joined the Dîner en Blanc family in 2012what began (and remains in Paris) as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean phenomenon across five continents.

Though the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not; diners continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends at the heart of one of the city’s most beautiful locations. Dîner en Blanc International, based in Montreal, is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in nearly 40 cities by the end of 2013.

Each event is headed by passionate local organisers whom fell in love with the concept and cheap generic cialis pills wanted to bring it to their city and add their local flair, yet respecting the event’s core values all the while.

Images & Sources: Daily Mail, UK & New York Times 

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Tuesday 6 November 2012

Giddy-up!!

 

It’s Melbourne Cup Day ~ the horse race that stops Australia!

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Monday 29 October 2012

halloween desert table ♥

 

Gorgeous Halloween deserts by Shauna Younge.

 

{By Shauna Younge with Emmy Lu Design Studio and photos by Emily Steffen Photography.}

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Thursday 25 October 2012

white halloween

 

A white, pure and calm Halloween :: no scary skulls and RIP cookies ~ ooooohhh!

From studio Hooray and photographed by Andrea Dozier.

{Images: Andrea Dozier }

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Wednesday 19 September 2012

Bloody Mary :: pick-me-up!

 

My gorgeous friend Belinda served Bloody Mary’s on arrival for lunch yesterday ~ so delicious!

Traditionally, a Bloody Mary is a popular alcoholic hangover cure, due in large part to its tomato juice content. It contains fructose which helps you metabolise the alcohol in your system more quickly. It was not the ‘hare of the hound’ drink for me though!

Belinda’s Bloody Mary recipe

Usually made in a highball glass (for cocktails that take more mixer than alcohol). The highball glass also acts as a ‘vase’ for the large celery stalk that is also a swizzle stick, with some of its jaunty pale green leaves left on the top! All measurements below should be tailored to your personal taste but essentially this recipe has a rich tomato flavour, peppered with the Tabasco and Worster sauces, with a zing of lemon. The vodka should not really be in evidence until you try to stand up after three of these great summer drinks.     

3 oz tomato juice (choose one without much sugar)
1 1/2 oz vodka (Grey Goose is far too good to waste on a hangover)
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
celery, salt, ground pepper
hot pepper sauce to taste (Tabasco in that darling little bottle, it lasts for years)

celery stalk and lemon wedge for garnish

Method ~ Combine tomato juice, vodka and Worcestershire sauce in a glass jug and chill until needed. Just before serving, place ice into 4 tumblers and pour over the Bloody Mary mixture. Serve with celery sticks and a few drops of Tabasco to taste.

Fight fire with fire ::  Reaching for another alcoholic beverage may be the last thing on your mind when you’re hung over, but your blood will actually ignore the old alcohol as it deals with the new one. In reality, beyond time and hydration there’s not much that eases a hangover, but one of the best-loved folk remedies is the old “hair of the dog that bit you” strategy. Basically, to get over being drunk, you just become tipsy. Toward that end, here are a supercharged cocktails will get you back to a happy place!

Folklore :: Bloody Mary (in folklore), is associated with a number of legendary historical figures including Queen Mary I of England (whose 16th-century persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname). Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford. Others trace the name to a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called multiple times. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend….

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Sunday 10 June 2012

Jubilations!

 

Hooray for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ~ the high street stores join the celebrations. Take a royal curtsy and congratulate Her Majesty on sixty wonderful years.

Personalised stationery seller, Smythson celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a floral tribute to the tastemakers of the era of Her Majesty’s Coronation. The window displays were created in collaboration with British illustrator Kerry Lemon, and recreates a quintessential English Rose garden, inspired by the photography of Cecil Beaton and the innovative style and colour palette used by royal florist Constance Spry.

Browns :: store windows have been decorated with an array of patriotic elements. To complete the regal display a creative team, including Ivana Nohel who has designed our origamipaper animals, and the throne and crest illustration by Gemma Milly {see top image}.

Floral Guards Regiment of two rose-jacketed sentries standing to attention outside Hackett.

 

{Images via window display blog}

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Sunday 10 June 2012

Union Jacks + Crowns + Corgis

 

Corgi Blimey ~ Union Jacks, Corgis and Crowns everywhere!

Ted Baker called on corgi friends to welcome customers into the flag-decked shop.

Corgi Maamite Campaign ~ do you love or hate it?

Nicola Waymark, Marketing Manager for Unilever UK comments: “We wanted to create a campaign that not only remained true to the Marmite brand but also communicated its very British sense of humour. 2012 is a big year for Britain, and with Marmite celebrating its 110th Anniversary in the same year as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, we felt it was important to mark the occasion…” The Maamite campaign was developed at DDB UK, London.

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Friday 13 April 2012

birthday party

 

Balloons :: Cake :: Candles :: Chanpagne

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Friday 13 April 2012

Birthday Girls

 

Birthday Girls ~  in honour of all the ladies getting ready the birthday party tonight!

Birthday Girls 

ModelsMaryna Linchuk, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Valerija Kelava, Hyoni Kang, Anais Mali, Julia Nobis, Crystal Renn,

are photographed by Hong Jang Hyun to celebrate 7th birthday of W Korea.

Magazine: W Korea
Issue: March 2012
Stylist: Karina Givargisoff |DeFacto Inc|
Set Designer: Donnie Myers |DeFacto Inc|
Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun
Website: www.style.co.kr

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Friday 13 April 2012

happy birthday mr

 

Birthdays are for celebrating and remembering the happiest moments of your life.

It’s a day to celebrate D’Lovely turning another year older!

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