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        Preparing for State Dinners

        This is a media gallery of images documenting the preparation that goes into a state dinner at the White House including menus, seating charts, and entertainment programs.

        Roosevelt State Dinner Seating

        Click the image above to launch the interactive version of the seating charts for the informal luncheon and for the state dinner held by the Roosevelts at the White House on the King and Queen’s First Day in Washington.

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        Entertainment Program, France State Dinner, 1976

        Entertainment program for the 1976 state dinner honoring France hosted by President Ford and the First Lady.

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        Bush Administration: Ghana State Dinner

        President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush pose in the State Dining Room prior to the State Dinner with President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana and Mrs. Theresa Kufuor.

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        Dining and Diplomacy: The Bush Presidency

        Presidents have long used social events to foster diplomatic ties. Click the image above to view the menus and photographs in this interactive Flip-book that illustrate the wide range of diplomatic and social events hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush at the White House, Camp David, and the Prairie Chapel Ranch.

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        In the Kitchen before the Korean State Dinner

        Take a peek inside the White House kitchen as preparations for a State Dinner are underway. Guests at the Korean State Dinner this evening in the East Room of the White House will enjoy a Fall Harvest Dinner conceived by First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. Tonight’s menu highlights the best of local produce combined with Korean flavors and traditions.

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