The world’s most chic picnic, Le Dîner en Blanc, is returning to Melbourne on 24 February at a secret yet wondrous location. All dressed-up people arrive and set up beautiful tables for their picnic, then all pack up and leave like nothing never happened. Hannah and her partner, Clint, will be joining this famous night that originated from Paris.
During Hannah’s time on The Block, she proved her innate ability to beautifully style an empty canvas. And now, Hannah shares with us her tips on how to create effortless French vibes at the strictly all-white attire and décor event.
You say ‘white’, I say ‘linen’.
Linen is the fabric that will beautifully transcend any table. Light, humble yet graceful, this fine piece of textile is definitely the go-to for the effortless feel. Adding matching white linen napkins will keep consistency with the theme.
Add some charm to your plate
If you like to wander in antique stores or markets around Melbourne then go find yourself old ceramics or enamelware to use on your table. My favourite places to find unique tableware treasures are Camberwell Market, Lost and Found Market and Chapel Street Bazaar. Original pieces of vintage tableware will give ‘un je ne sais quoi’ to your table.
Cheers with elegance
Opulent elite French parties from the 18th Century always preferred the champagne saucer over the conventional flute glass. So, go with champagne saucers and cheers with your friends or your lover like French aristocrats! Another addition to your table, these glasses from west elm are the perfect way to cheers with elegance.
Champagne tin bucket
Well, you need to keep all that Champagne chilled so why not have a play on Etsy and find your perfect vintage French Champagne bucket? A silver touch is acceptable to have on your table.
Last but not least
A picnic would not be complete without a good old picnic basket. It is like having cheese without a good wine, it doesn’t make sense really. Yes, the concept of Le Dîner en Blanc is taken that far and if your basket isn’t white, no panic. You can still spray paint it!
Hannah’s all-white shopping list
White Linen table cloth from Hunting for George
White Linen napkins from Bed Bath n’ Table
Enamelware from Myer
Champagne saucers from Kitchen Warehouse
Glasses from west elm
Champagne tin bucket from Etsy
Ready to go picnic hamper from French Knot