I’m ever so fortunate to have friends who think of me as appropriate date material for functions. I was the +1 for such an occasion at the White House to celebrate the holidays last week and it was a great time to see friends and of course, to be a guest of the President of the United States and the First Lady. No matter how many years I’ve worked and lived in DC, it really doesn’t get old 🙂 Just think about all the people who have walked through these same hallways and rooms! So get ready to see a lot of photos!
Every year the White House has a theme for its decorations and this year it was a Children’s Winter Wonderland.
The East Visitor Entrance is decorated to honor America’s troops, those who currently serve and those who have retired along with those who have fallen during service. It’s also a place where the families of those who have served are honored as well.
As you walk past the entrance you’ll encounter the hallway that runs along the path of the Rose Garden.
This lovely tree is decorated with scrolls from students around the country who have committed themselves to reach for higher education. This initiative supported by the First Lady is to encourage students to further their education beyond high school (www.ReachHigher.gov).
You next enter the hallway that contains all of the smaller rooms, which is generally viewed only from the hallway.
The White House Library contains more than 2,700 books, mainly about America’s history and stories about America’s leaders. I particularly liked the hand painted globes.
My most favorite decoration were the evergreen “skirts” and the necklaces in the Vermeil Room. So beautiful!
I had the most fun looking inside the China Room. This space was formerly used as a cloakroom and living quarters for White House employees. It now displays the china services used by previous First Families. I particularly liked the china from Presidents Lincoln and Hayes.
Then you head upstairs and the Marine Corps band is playing festive music to welcome you to the rooms most commonly seen on tv.
No sneaking upstairs! Those lead to the private residence!
For nearly the past 50 years, the East Room has displayed the White House creche (it has 44 figurines!). Did you know that an alligator once stayed in the East Room?? (courtesy of President John Quincy Adams).
The White House had a lovely buffet for its guests that included carving stations, desserts and plentiful champagne and spiked egg nog (which was extremely delicious!).
I may or may not have parked myself at this part of the buffet with the stone crabs.
This beauty of a tree stands 18 feet tall and is a Concolor Fir from Leighton, Pennsylvania and it has close to 2,000 different ornaments to honor American service members.
The State Dining Room has the beautiful gingerbread house of the White House displayed. It was made with 300 pounds of sugar!!
If you ever watch Scandal, you’ll know a similar setting with Mellie aka Scandal’s First Lady eating fried chicken. I was tempted to recreate the scene but thought better of it 🙂
The White House certainly knows how to make merry! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!