We dressed up!
It was exciting to discover that pictures were allowed. I took lots -- some of these are not great, but I hope you enjoy a peek. (If you watched the holiday special about the White House on HGTV, you saw it all. Honestly, it looks just like it looked on that show. But, it certainly was amazing to actually be there.)
Here is the entry hall. Yes, it was crowded. But, it didn't feel uncomfortable or chaotic. Wreaths and garlands everywhere!
Large paper sculpted poinsettias hung alternately with the wreaths along the windows.
Just past the entry hall was a open area all decorated in paper and felt.
This tree has felt loop chains and whimsical felt ornaments.
Giant felt Bo!
Giant Bo made out of black and white trash bags in the Library. Georgia O'Keefe landscape over the fireplace.
Tiny Bo made out of buttons.
The State Dining Room with Lincoln's beautiful portrait. Beautiful Christmas decorations in red and green, very full, festive and traditional.
The East Room with Washington's portrait -- the one that Dolly Madison insisted be removed before the White House was burned in the War of 1812. Lots of natural garlands, pine cones, magnolia leaves, moss covered boulders with fresh paperwhites peeking through.
The Blue Room with the tree decorated with military medals and ribbons. Jeff and I enjoyed finding some of the medals he has received and also some that his father received.
Back to the State Dining Room... the stunning gingerbread house. (Gingerbread covered in white chocolate, I believe.) The detail was quite impressive.
Cute trees made out of cookies and marzipan.
The theme of all the decoration was "Shine. Give. Share." Lovely.
This was my favorite little vignette -- beautiful crystal (probably plastic, but still...) star and snowflake ornaments trailing down from the evergreen garland. It smelled good too!
Family picture with the Seal of the President of the United States.
Self portrait at the White House. Can you see me in the mirror with my blue cell phone case?