Golden Girl! Melania Trump's place settings for first state dinner revealed - as the Trumps host France's first couple at glitzy White House affair
- On Monday night, the White House allowed reporters to take a peek at how the state dining room will look for guests at the state dinner Tuesday evening
- The Trumps are hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for the administration's first state dinner
- Melania Trump, who planned the dinner, used china from two past administration - Bill Clinton's and George H.W. Bush's
- She broke up the gold place settings with light green and white flowers and gave the room an intimate feeling using candlelight
- Outside the dining room, the first lady chose to use 1,200 cherry blossoms in black vases to greet the 130 guests as they come in
Late Monday night, the White House showed off the finishing touches of first lady Melania Trump's first state dinner, as she and President Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife at the executive mansion tomorrow.
Reporters were briefly allowed into the White House and were greeted by gold table settings, gold silverware, gold candlesticks, gold wine glasses, gold chairs – situated elegantly around puffs of green and white flowers – in the candlelit state dining room.
At each of the 130 place settings there was a menu, with the White House seal and the fleur-de-lis, which were also in gold.
Just outside the state dining room, the first lady went with a different theme, using some 1,200 cherry blossoms in giant black vases that would greet guests as they came in.
Earlier in the day the White House had released some details about the dinner, including the menu.
Reporters were briefly allowed into the White House's state dining room Monday night to take in the first lady's designs for the Trump administration's first state dinner
Earlier in the day, the first lady tweeted pictures of herself huddling with her social secretary Rickie Niceta (right) as the two women went over last minute details for Tuesday's state dinner with France
Melania Trump's vision for her first state dinner included golden place settings, puffs of white and light green flowers and dinner by candlelight
The first lady used china from two administrations - Bill Clinton's and George H.W. Bush's - to create a golden look for the tables, which glowed under the candlelight
Photographers capture the first lady's place settings Monday night at the White House, as press was briefly allowed in for a preview
Touches of gold were used on the menu too, including a golden presidential seal, and a golden fleur-de-lis
Mrs. Trump chose Clinton china services to coordinate with the dinner's cream and gold color scheme, and Bush china with a green color palette to 'compliment the spring garden and white flowers that will be featured in the State Dining Room'
The Trumps’ first state dinner will be understated in comparison to the Obamas’ affairs, which included lengthy guest lists packed with stars
The Office of the First Lady has prepared the following details, all carefully selected by First Lady Melania Trump, to complement and pay homage to the long-standing friendship between the United States and France
The Trumps, the Macrons and their guests will dine on food that showcases “the best of America’s cuisines and traditions” with some French influence: the main course is a rack of spring lamb and Carolina Gold rice jambalaya cooked with celery, peppers, onions, and herbs from the South Lawn
Mrs. Trump 'carefully selected' all of the details for the state visit and paid particular attention to how the dining room looked
Melania Trump chose 1,200 cheery blossoms to line the Cross Hall, which state dinner guests will walk through to get to the state dining room
The dinner will take place in the State Dining Room, which can hold about 100-150 seated guests
Mrs. Trump has also been doing some homework, educating herself about the protocol and history of these sorts of White House events. This is to ensure her selections for the Macrons' visit have meaning behind them, down to the china, flowers, color scheme and menu, which, while American, will highlight the influence France has had on American cuisine
The giant vases of cherry blossoms are seen Monday night in the Cross Hall as reporters were briefly allowed into the White House to see the set-up for Tuesday night's state dinner with France
The White House's Cross Hall was decorated with giant vases of cherry blossoms, in preparation for tomorrow's state dinner with France
The State Dining Room at the White House is set for the first State Dinner that President Donald Trump will host as president with French President Emmanuel Macron in Washington. The State Dinner will be held on Tuesday night
President Bill Clinton's portrait hangs next to one of Melania Trump's giant vases of cherry blossoms. Despite their political differences, the first lady used the Clinton china as part of her first state dinner's place settings
Goat cheese gateau, tomato jam, buttermilk biscuit crumbles, young variegated lettuces would be served, along with a rack of spring lamb, burnt cipollini soubise and Carolina gold Rice Jambalaya, with a nectarine tart and crème fraîche ice cream for dessert.
Two wines from Oregon will be served and a demi-sec champagne.
Tomorrow's meal is being prepared by White House Executive Chef Christeta Comerford, who was hired during President George W. Bush's administration, and stayed through the Obama years.
The first lady spent last Saturday in bipartisan company, attending the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush alongside the Clintons and Obamas – all Democrats – and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, with his wife Laura.
And on Tuesday, she'll be showcasing china from the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush.
The first lady's office says that selected pieces from the Vermeil and American Silver collections, as well as Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons, will also be included.
'Remember, she has a design background,' the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham told the Washington Post.
Social secretary Rickie Niceta told the publication that the first lady, a former model, 'has amazing taste, which makes things very, very easy.'
Celebrities are not expected. And neither are media figures and Democrats.
On Monday, first lady Melania Trump tweeted out several photos of the preparations she was making for her first state dinner, which will be held Tuesday with the French president and first lady
First lady Melania Trump (center) and social secretary Rickie Niceta (right) go over details for Tuesday's state dinner with France
First lady Melania Trump gestures toward the large displays of cherry blossoms that were installed for Tuesday's state dinner with France
Melania Trump shares a photo of herself in the White House's state dining room, where Tuesday night's state dinner with France will take place
The Clinton China rests on a table as First Lady Laura Bush gives the press a preview of the dining room for the State Dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the White House in 2006. First Lady Melania Trump has also selected the Clinton China for her event
The Clinton China, seen here during a state dinner in George W. Bush's administration, will be on display again tomorrow evening at the Trump White House
During the Obama years, the White House tried to invite several A and B-listers out of Hollywood to each dinner, along with a number of television personalities and White House reporters.
Obama would also try to invite several Republicans in an effort to break bread across the aisle.
So far, the only Democrat known to be coming is Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Others known to be on the guest list include Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, who is French.
The Washington National Opera will provide the evening's entertainment.
The Trump administration's first state dinner comes later than the inaugural dinner of the White House's two immediate predecessors, with President Obama hosting his first state dinner in November 2009.
That dinner made headlines when two reality television stars – Tareq and Michaele Salahi – crashed the cocktail hour, which led to several security probes.
President George W. Bush hosted his first state dinner on September 5, 2001, six days before the 9/11 terror attacks.
France is getting its turn earlier under Trump than it did under either previous American president, with the last two coming in 2007 and 2014.
Melania Trump highlighted the work her office had done in a Monday morning tweet that said: 'After months of preparations, @POTUS and I are looking forward to hosting our first State Dinner with France! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this visit a success.'
She later tweeted several pictures of her 'checking on the final details,' which included a look at the cherry blossoms – 1,200 which were used – to decorate the Cross Hall.
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