State Dinner Style

The President and First Lady hosted their second state dinner on Wednesday night, in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Clearly, the White House acknowledged the importance of the color red in the Chinese culture (see the First Lady in Alexander McQueen). The scarlet hue is believed to represent good luck, happiness and prosperity.
The 225 dinner guests (Anna Wintour, in Chanel, and Vera Wang, in her own design, among them) were seated in the State Dining Room, the Blue Room and the Red Room of the White House. The menu was “quintessentially American” — poached Maine lobster, rib-eye, double-stuffed potatoes, apple pie and vanilla ice cream — paired with wines from California and Washington state.

This below picture of the Red Room shows the intimate feeling they were able to create by dividing the guests up into small rooms. The gold chandelier emits a warm, cozy glow against the bright crimson walls. I love the modern touch of the Lucite seating — it’s the perfect way to avoid a cramped, crowded look when you have a room full of chairs around round tables.
Why not host your own “State Dinner” with a few additions from the Well Appointed House (place mouse over image or click links below to purchase):

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