The September White Dinner Event


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The September event, when it finally happened, was a great success!
Saturday, at the initial scheduled start time, the sky opened and it not only rained but thunder and lightning.
We did a quick survey and since most people were available on Sunday, we rescheduled.

Getting ready to attend a White Dinner!

Sunday was gorgeous weather! Behind the storm front, came lower temperatures and less humidity, which made it very pleasant to be outside. We washed and scrubbed the tables then set them into place. It took a team of us to blow up balloons. Next time, we are letting the professionals do it. White it was fun doing it, we could all see how it would be a tiring chore at every event.

Setting up, getting ready for the guests

After so many moving parts, the hour was finally upon us.

Setting the tables

6:30 the first guests arrive to begin the table set up. They are excited and having a lot of fun setting their tables.

Beautiful Table Settings

Carved pineapples,candelabras, lanterns, candles in glass jars and a tree full of white twinkle lights set the stage for a magical evening.

Lovely, elegant tables

And a candelabra!

People arrived as strangers and left as friends.

Opening Toast! Notice the white gloves and candelabra

The light during twilight was an amazing blue.

The sky was Maxfield Parrish blue as twilight waned. You can see it in the sky in some of the photos.

Champagne and Hibiscus

We put hibiscus flowers in champagne. The flowers were preserved in syrup and a luxurious touch. Such a nice treat; Thank you ladies!
After it got dark, each table got a box of sparklers.
Everyone lit their sparkler at different times and it was so much fun!

The sparklers made a soft light making for some nice photos.

The sparklers lit up faces for great photographs. Each sparkler lasted for 1-1/2 minutes.

You could see everyone having a great time.

The Candelabra Ladies!

We talked, exchanged information, numbers and so many names!
It was great to meet the names we have been corresponding with in e-mail.

If you are interested in attending a white Dinner Event, send an e mail request to You will be kept informed of upcoming events.

Also, be sure to visit our website:

NEXT EVENT: Saturday, October 27, 5:30-7:30~8.00 Table set up begins at 5PM
Location not yet determined.

Why 5:30PM?
The events center around the time of sunset. We schedule the event to begin an hour before sunset, move through twilight into night. This is why we schedule them on Saturday; so there is time to rest on Sunday.


Our Upcoming September Event

We thank everyone who has responded with reservations and waiting list requests.

The date and time for our September event is:

Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7-9 PM

If you are already on the waiting list, watch your e-mail for your invitation and location announcement next week.

If you have any questions or would like to be on the waiting list, send an e-mail to or

It’s time to plan your picnic and chill the champagne!

Additional information soon.



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WFAEats has published an article and made an announcement on the radio this morning about our White Dinners!

We are glad to see the response from readers. Welcome!

To be on the waiting list, please send an e-mail to:

Please include your e-mail, phone and address and the number in your party.We need to know how many so we can estimate the size of your table.

This information is NOT shared with anyone but the organizers of White Dinners in Charlotte for planning purposes.

The date is currently set for Thursday 9/8.

Poke around the blog to see what is going on with White Dinners in Charlotte. Leave a comment, we love hearing from you too.

We look forward to having you join us!

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White Dinner Desserts

We had our first event on Sunday evening, July 29.

Although the group was small, it is the start of a fantastic event.

There were all kinds of fantastic desserts, from French Macarons, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Fresh Berry Trifle, Lemon Cheesecake Tarts with Blueberries, Delicious Hummus and Crackers (A real treat in the midst of all the sweet!)

Tables were set with white linens, fine china, silver and crystal glasses. Some brought freshly cut white flowers and herbs from their gardens to decorate the table.

Everyone wore white which led to a discussion of how creative one had to be to be decked out in white.

Conversations were as lively as the bubbly; the weather perfect! Large trees provided shade as the setting sun cast bright hues of pink across the sky.

The next event will be the first week of September, tentatively Thursday, the 6th at 7:30. Location to be disclosed upon confirmation of date.

To attend you must be invited by someone who was at the last White Dinner Event.

If you want to come, Please see the “Rules” page.

Enjoy the Slide Show!

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Welcome to “White Dinners In Charlotte”


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White dinner

White dinner (Photo credit: Karl Strope)

White Dinners in Charlotte was established as an opportunity to get together with family and friends to enjoy good food and friendship.
Dinners are held outdoors often spontaneously.

We all know that spontaneous events take a lot of planning, permits and permission.

The dinners are modeled after the “Diner en Blanc” in Paris that are held on public spaces, a 25 year tradition of gourmet food and wine.

Diner en Blanc, Berlin

Diner en Blanc, Berlin (Photo credit: artie*)

Suddenly, people from everywhere come to a place, set up tables, chairs, spread white tablecloths, unpack food and have a great time.

The White Dinner. Almost like a foodies flash mob. Only when they leave, the space is left clean and it appears as if nothing ever happened.

The police and authorities stopped trying to interfere because there was no violence, no defacing public property. Things were left better than before. So why not?
There are a few “rules”

  • Bring your own table and chairs

    Diner en Blanc, Berlin

    Diner en Blanc, Berlin (Photo credit: artie*)

  • All table linens are to be white
  • Participants are to dress all in white
  • Bring your own food and drink
  • Bring your own china, glass and silver
  • Only wine and champagne, please no beer or other alcohol

We are just getting started so Come back and see the fun!

Diner en Blanc, Berlin

Diner en Blanc, Berlin (Photo credit: artie*)

White Dinners are by invitation only.

The premier event will take place on Saturday, 7/28 at 7:30 PM

Keeping with tradition, the location will be announced on the day of the event.

Limited space available. Ticket sales and reservations are likely.