And with a hat tip to Sharon, here is an article with more information about the preparations Melania is making for the first State dinner of the Trump administration!
For her first state dinner, Trump did not engage the services of an outside event planner – as most modern administrations have done – to supplement the White House staff, preferring to rely on her own choices and those of Niceta, who before coming to the White House worked for more than two decades at catering and design firm Design Cuisine.
Aides are keeping details under wraps until the dinner, but guests Tuesday night will see the first lady’s hand in details big and small, including the floral arrangements and the menu.
Trump chose to hold the dinner for the French dignitaries in the State Room, the smallest of the White House venues used for such events. The guest list is a modest 130 to 150, making for a more intimate soiree than many state dinners in previous administrations. (For example, the Obamas’ last state dinner, for Italy, packed nearly 400 guests into a tent on the South Lawn.)
It’s a reflection of one of the first lady’s principles for entertaining, aides said. Trump believes “it should never be too crowded,” Niceta said. “You should be able to move; you should be able to see the White House and feel special that you’re here.”