A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive an invite to tour the White House and see the holiday decorations. It was a wonderful honor and a delight for a political geek like me. While I didn’t get to see Bo Obama or Sasha and Malia, I did get to see where the White House’s state dinners are held in the State Dining Room. It was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and flowers. I was a little surprised how small the room was. Only 140 people can attend a seated dinner, which leads me to believe that they use some of the other rooms for larger events. (Although the 140 room capacity could explain why it’s such a hard invite to receive).
In the corner they displayed the White House Gingerbread House. The beautiful house was created by White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses. Chef Yosses used more than 250 pounds of white chocolate, 150 pounds of gingerbread dough, and honey from the White House garden to make the elegant looking house. And to top it all off a marzipan Bo sat on the front lawn. There is even a special cut out/shadow box on the front of the house that shows the State Dining Room (I like to think this is a special shout out to Chef Yosses’ favorite DC-based blog!).
Here are some pictures from the tour: