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1st Post in MBE's White House Holiday Series
I'm still in a state of shock that it really happened. Even now, in many ways it seems like just a dream. Yet, sure enough, I spent all day at the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, taking in first-hand the grandeur of this classic annual national holiday celebration tradition.
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To brighten your Holiday Season, it gives me no greater pleasure to share this extraordinary and memorable behind-the-scenes day at the White House with all of you. Being hosted by the White House Obama Administration for this once-in-a-lifetime event was a real privilege, especially considering that out of thousands of perspective invitees I was one of just 17 women active in social media selected to attend.
|Selfie of me at the door of the White House, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Front lawn of the White House in winter, MommyBlogExpert.com|
How honored I am to represent the biggest social media community for moms online at such a prestigious venue. For sure, readers, you're not going to want to miss this exclusive additional post published on SocialMoms shortly after my visit with lots more photos.
|Gingerbread White House 2013, MommyBlogExpert.com|
How I would have loved to have gotten to pet the two doggy Presidential Family members in person (or I should say DIRL, Dogs In Real Life). I didn't get to meet the original Bo or Sunny duo for good reason, though.
As it turned out they were out with First Lady Michelle Obama in the community doing more important things yesterday -- visiting sick kids and spreading holiday cheer at Washington, DC's Children's National Hospital . In fact, watch this video of Mrs. Obama with both pets, sweetly reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to the Children that day... seeing this will likely warm your heart and make you smile, too.
|Presidential Napkin & Official White House Bo Cookie, MommyBlogExpert.com|
The East Garden Room was among my favorite stops along the private guided tour we received led by Kasie Coccaro, White House Associate Director of Online Outreach and Operations for the Office of Digital Strategy. I guess the main reason I like this best is because not only am I a huge dog lover, I've always been particularly enthralled by the four-legged canines that have lived in the White House since I was just a little girl.
Here in the East Garden Room likenesses of Bo and Sunny were recreated as lifesize sculptures completely covered with white handmade black and white satin ribbon rosettes to replicate the curly fur on these lovable Presidential Family Portuguese Water Dogs. To add yet another dimension of reality, small electrical motors were added to each of the playful canines.
|Here's the Bo-Ho-Ho Corsage I made at the White House, MommyBlogExpert.com|
In this short video I created above, notice how realistic the ribbon technique makes these dogs look and watch these two giant love muffins' tails actually wagging!
Another highpoint on the White House holiday tour was visiting the State Dining Room where so many important Presidential social functions and meals are held. In the images below you can get both a full view and a close-up peek of the full-size fireplace made completely of Gingerbread, along with a cookie version of the White House perched on top on the mantel, designed and executed by the President's talented pastry chef staff.
Down to the most minute detail, this pastry masterpiece is the most beautiful gingerbread house I've ever seen in my humble opinion as a novice at-home gingerbread baker and builder. If you love gingerbread making as much as I do, you'll really enjoy the White House time-lapsed video showing how the entire edible fireplace and mantel was made.
|Gingerbread Fireplace in State Dining Room, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|White House w/ Dogs & Trees MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Official White House Tour Book & Cookies, MommyBlogExpert.com|
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