White Out at Iolani Palace
Launched in 1988 by François Pasquier and several friends in Paris, Dîner en Blanc is a surprise pop-up picnic style event, where guests are asked to dress elegantly in white, bring their own epicurean feasts, tables, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloths. (Oh, did we mention guests aren't informed of the dinner location until they arrive at a designated meeting point and led to the secret spot? ... how mysterious!).
Today, Dîner en Blanc has grown to over 40 cities across five continents, and we were absolutely thrilled to be a part of Hawaii's inaugural dinner in Honolulu. After much anticipation, guests were taken to the secret site of the first Dîner en Blanc in Hawaii: the country's only royal residence, Iolani Palace.
To top it off, we were honored and excited to provide the decor for our host, Jason Kim, and the massive 66-foot long Kings Table for his 49 special guests.
Inspired by the many cities that have hosted previous dinners, we created graphic centerpieces spelling out the words "ALOHA" to represent our city in a fun and modern way (after all, what better way to welcome Dîner en Blanc to the islands than through the spirit of aloha!). To ensure the decor reflected the chic and sophisticated spirit of the event, we selected urns in a classic silhouette as a statement vessel to balance the bold letters.
Standing over 46 inches tall, the 3D letters were hand-carved and mounted in the oversized white urns. We installed miniature spotlights to ensure the letters were illuminated as evening fell and incorporated fresh Baby's Breath at the base of each letter to create an elegant and etherial feeling.
As a fun keepsake, the Baby's Breath were given to guests as miniature bouquets at the end of the evening.
As a huge social gathering with over 750 attendees, we also wanted to provide an interactive element for our guests. So we customized imported Japanese paper fans with hand-cut moustache and lip decals to help guests cool off (and to provide the perfect selfie accessory!).
Lastly, it wouldn't be a fabulous dinner without delicious eats. Chef Shoji Namatame of BLT Steak, created a delicious custom spread for the 50 guests featuring a decadent menu of vichyssoise, cold cuts, grilled vegetables, imported and domestic cheeses, turkish beef and chicken kebabs, and vegetable pilaf.
We had an incredible time celebrating the night away and met some wonderful folks. Great job to everyone who helped bring this social soiree to Hawaii. We can't wait for next year's Dîner en Blanc!
Photography: Jason Kim and CURATE decor + design
Catering: Chef Shoji Namatame, BLT Steak
Dessert: Brooke Nakamura
Rentals: Royal Party Rentals