Guests arrived at a private home decorated for the holidays to witness the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, honor a Medal of Freedom recipient. Twinkling Christmas lights decorated the trees around the perimeter of the dinner tent on property as the former President was joined by the First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, at the November event.
Finding their seats by way of sophisticated escort cards emblazoned with calligraphy, attendees entered the clear-sided tent for a dinner reception. Wood tables were left bare of linens or covered with blue-and-red linens in a plaid pattern to fit the season. Cobalt blue glassware and brown rattan chargers topped with linen napkins featuring a feather motif marked each guest’s place setting. Around the room, towering trees decorated with red apples seemed to emerge from wooden boxes to bring the look of the outside in. Basket centerpieces were filled with apples, pinecones, and walnuts, and bright red-orange roses were placed in glass vases to provide a floral touch.
As wine was poured from carafes and enjoyed, guests looked on as President George W. Bush took the stage, which was decorated with shelves displaying flickering candlelight. With Laura Bush by his side, he delighted the crowd with a speech before awarding the Medal of Freedom to the night’s guest of honor.