The First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday, Sept. 21, shared photos and video of the state dinner, which celebrated more than a century of loyal and devoted friendship between America and Australia.
“Potus and I send our sincere gratitude to all who made yesterday’s visit and last night’s state dinner such a success! Thank you to the military, State Dept, East wing, usher’s office, and residence staff for all of your hard work,” she said.
Dinner centerpieces were made using more than 2,500 yellow California roses and Australia’s national flower, the golden wattle, while the garden itself was decorated with white and yellow roses.
Music came from all four sides of the Rose Garden and from above. The singers and musicians represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps and surrounded the party, while a band played on the roof of the West Wing.
For the after-dinner entertainment, a band on the West Wing roof and a chorus below performed “What a Wonderful World.” A solo violinist also performed while walking among the guest tables.
The first lady wore an aqua silk chiffon gown by J. Mendel with inserted pleats and bias cut waves, the White House said. Morrison’s wife, Jennifer Morrison, wore a midnight blue sequined halter-style gown.
In remarks before the three-course meal was served, President Trump raised his glass to “very special people and a very, very special country.”
In return, Prime Minister Morrison praised the first lady’s “quiet grace” and toasted to 100 years of mate ship between the United States and Australia.
Hours earlier, the first lady posted the video welcoming Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jennifer Morrison at the White House.