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Holiday Tour: The State Dining Room

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State Dining Room

Holly Leaves 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.

Holly Leaves 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.

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Holiday Tour at the White House, 2000

The East Entrance

The Ground Floor

The East Room

The Parlors

The State Dining Room

The Grand Foyer

The West Wing