A beautiful article which lets you in on some of the reasons why our First Lady is the perfect person to be in charge of something like this.
State dinners, with all their protocol and symbolism, are the highest-profile entertaining any White House can do, and for Melania Trump, a state dinner is a chance to showcase her strengths, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.And, as for the differences between Melania and the previous first lady:
“Remember, she has a design background,” Grisham said, referencing Trump’s career as a fashion model and as owner of her namesake jewelry line.
“She has amazing taste, which makes things very, very easy,” added social secretary Rickie Niceta.
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.)Each to his own! Some people believe in elegance and intimacy...others just shove as many people as they can fit into a big tent.
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.”