Some of our most cherished memories are set in the elegant
State Dining Room, where we have
spent countless hours entertaining family, friends, special guests
and heads of state from all corners of the world. George P.A.
Healy's famous portrait of Abraham Lincoln hangs above the marble
mantel, surrounded by festive fruits, nuts, pine cones and rich
burgundy ribbons. During the holidays, we love to decorate the
State Dining Room table with one of the most significant pieces in
the White House collection the Monroe plateau. The gilded
plateau was purchased by President Monroe in France in 1817 and had
been proudly displayed ever since.
Holidays at the White House would not be complete without the traditional gingerbread house created by Chef Roland Mesnier and the White House pastry chefs. This year, Chef Mesnier had crafted depictions of the State Dining Room, blue Room and East Room all decorated with themes of our past holiday seasons. This entirely edible work of art incorporates miniature replicas of his last seven gingerbread houses.
Holiday Tour at the White House, 2000
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