How to Set an Elegant Dinner Table, According to the Obamas

Updated 01/10/17

Extravagant events are hardly a rarity at the White House, but October marked the very last state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—and, boy, did it live up to expectations. The elegant dinner party featured an unexpected green-and-pink color theme and was brimming with table-setting ideas to inspire your next event. 

A moss-green tablecloth provided an understated canvas for layers of gold flatware and blush-pink plates. Green and clear crystal glasses matched tall candleholders hidden among vases of pink and peach roses. 

Their final state dinner was held in honor of the Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, and his wife, Agnese Landini, so naturally, Italian food was on the menu. According to Vogue, esteemed chef Mario Batali served Italian-American fusion dishes including sweet potato agnolotti with butter and sage and beef braciole with broccoli rabe. 

Take a look at the undeniably elegant dinner party, and re-create the table setting at home with our top picks. 

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Molten gold was the metal of the night. Extravagant gold serveware tied in with a gold chandelier and dinner table. 

Cambridge Gold Tone Flatware $200 $53

Delicate blush-pink accents peppered the table, from the floral arrangements to plates. 

Missoni Margherita Dinnerware $99
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Green and clear crystal glasses completed the table setting, complementing the moss green tablecloth and drapes. 

Waterford Lismore Encore White Wine Glass $140

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