White attire themed parties are fun, festive and sexy. It seems warm weather brings about a slew of ‘white parties’ from coast to coast and around the world.

What is it about white clothing, fashion and good times that go together so well? Even more curious is where did they originate?

I found a story about a Parisian man named François Pasquier with an intriguing tie to the event.

francois-pasquier“In 1988 François Pasquier, now 67, returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wanted to come that he asked them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other.

Now known as Dîner en Blanc, thousands of Parisians dressed entirely in white converge on two of the city’s most picturesque locations — 4,400 of them in the plaza at the cathedral of Notre Dame; 6,200 in a courtyard of the Louvre — for a feast that’s neither advertised nor publicly heralded. They bring along not only their own epicurean repasts but also their own tables, chairs, glasses, silver and napery.

But while in certain circles in Paris, everybody knows about the Dîner, many Parisians have never heard of it. And despite the precision that goes into its planning, it retains an air of surprise.” (source)

“Launched with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier over 25 years ago, Paris’ Dîner en Blanc now assembles nearly 15,000 people each year. The French capital’s most prestigious sites have played host to it: the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower site, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the Esplanade des Invalides, the periphery of the Place de l’Étoile, the Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde and this year:  Le Louvre Pyramid and the Trocadéro Esplanade at the ame time! The Paris police tend to tolerate this ‘wild’ gathering, if not perhaps even wishing they could join in!” (source)

In the U.S. the parties are rooted in the Gay community which sponsored the events to bring the community together and raise awareness for issues impacting the community…

“In 1985, Health Crisis Network, a fledgling not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization asked a local successful gay businessman, Frank_WagerFrank Wager for help staging a fundraiser. The goal was to generate desperately needed funds to help combat a disease that was running rampant through the gay community. With this goal in mind, Frank and his committee of ten volunteers began working on “The White Party™” concept.

From the beginning, the committee wanted the party to symbolize community solidarity in a way that was non-political and non-combative. White was chosen for this reason as well as for its purity and elegance. As the planning continued it became obvious that there were few venues in Dade County suitable for such an elegant event. Fellow committee member Jorge Suarez recommended Villa Vizcaya as a possibility since he was a member of The Vizcayans, a not-for-profit organization that helps raise funds for the continued restoration of the Estate and its Collections.

For over 24 years, the Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens set the backdrop of this elegant annual fundraiser.” (source)

Both of these events took place about 25 years ago which is either some sort of spiritual coincidence or two totally random events that have established one of the most popular party themes that everyone seems to enjoy!

On April 16th, you can argue Cigar D’Ivoire & The Little White dress is the first cigar themed white party which puts Houston in the unique position of putting a smokey twist on the legendary event.

We look forward to seeing everyone out and simply celebrating the overall joy of socializing and forgetting all the things that cause worry if only for a few hours!

The Good Life is meant to be a lifestyle of luxury and leisure, this is exactly what will take place just a few days from today.

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