A grand affair in all white, with a touch of blue, was the order of the day at the Joburg edition of the Grand White Dinner on Saturday.
Joburgers gathered at Waterfall Park in Midrand to experience an elegant take on a picnic dinner for the masses.
Close friends Refilwe Motau, Lucia Mabulu, Patty Molefe, Kholofelo Mocumie, Tsholofelo Moreosele and Zanele Mabaso pulled out all the stops at their table, taking an elegant picnic to new heights.
Said Motau: “What inspired our table is that we wanted something vintage, with a classic and contemporary feel.
"Our table was super elegant, with all the right stuff the right people, drinks and great food.”
She said the ambiance of the social get-together was what drew the group of friends to the annual affair.
The hostess for the evening was TV and radio presenter Bonang Matheba, who kept the crowds going with her catchy phrase “go monate” , which loosely translated means “it’s fun”.
Matheba said: “The Cape Town event was extraordinary and I’m excited to bring the Grand White Dinner to my home city. It’s about togetherness, a collective consciousness and having a good time with those you love.”
Grand White chief executive Stephan Dau said the series was the brainchild of the creators of the global Holi One Colour Festivals, and celebrated its fifth anniversary this year.
“Having grown from a festival attended by 8000 guests in 2014 to 15000 last year, we are thrilled to be bringing the event back to Joburg to promote unity, freedom and friendship in the city of gold,” said Dau.
The Joburg edition of the dinner was a success, with guests celebrating the theme and curating masterpiece picnic/table settings, Dau said.
Originally from Germany, Dau said from what he had noticed, South Africans hardly interacted with one another at a social event on this scale, but he said the concept of the dinner enabled people to get to know one another.
Dau said they had dreams of going global, kicking off the series in South Africa and then heading out to Nigeria, Angola, Los Angeles and New York.
As one of the country’s premier social calendar events, DJ “the Drumboss” Heavy K, SA Music Award-winning singer Kelly Khumalo, Sama-nominated Lady Zamar, the five-piece vocal group Beyond Vocal, and Swaziland export artist Sands entertained the masses.