First Lady Melania stuns in a $6,000 ruffled gown alongside husband Donald as members of the Trump administration - including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton - make a glamorous entrance at the White House State Dinner

  • Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison toasted the heritage of their respective nations at Friday night's glamorous state dinner
  • 'I'd like to raise a glass to a very special people,' Trump said
  • Melania Trump stunned in an aqua J Mendel gown 
  • Australian golf star Greg Norman, Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas and Lachlan Murdoch joined the Trumps and Morrisons at the head table  
  • Rudy Giuliani was among the guests and laughed off his CNN interview 
  • Kellyanne Conway arrived without her husband George Conway, a longtime Trump critic
  • Australia's national colors set the theme for Friday's state dinner in the Rose Garden of the White House   
  • Green and gold dominate the decorations for the event, while the menu includes Dover sole and apple tarts

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison toasted the heritage of their respective nations at Friday night's glamorous state dinner held under the stars in the White House Rose Garden. 

Both leaders praised the spirit of the other in their toasts.

The president toasted the prime minister, his wife Jenny, and 'every citizen of Australia. May our heroes forever inspire us. May our heritage always guide us. May our values always unite us. And may our nations always remain the home of the proud, of the brave and the free. I'd like to raise a glass to a very special people and a very very special country,' he said. 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump enter Friday's state dinner alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny Morrison

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump enter Friday's state dinner alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny Morrison

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton arrive at the White House for the State Dinner

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton arrive at the White House for the State Dinner

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway arrived solo, as her husband George remained home furiously tweeting to promote his new op-ed calling for the immediate impeachment of Trump

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway arrived solo, as her husband George remained home furiously tweeting to promote his new op-ed calling for the immediate impeachment of Trump

Morrison and Trump toasted the friendship of their two countries and the heritage of their people

Morrison and Trump toasted the friendship of their two countries and the heritage of their people

Melania Trump thanked the guests and the musicians

Melania Trump thanked the guests and the musicians

The dinner took place outdoors under the stars in the White House Rose Garden

The dinner took place outdoors under the stars in the White House Rose Garden

A military band serenaded guests from the rooftop above

A military band serenaded guests from the rooftop above

Morrison honored both the president and the 'great character' of the American people in his remarks.

He compared Trump to Theodore Roosevelt, a president he noted he greatly admired, and noted Roosevelt was 'also a New Yorker. He was also unconventional. He was no captive of the establishment. He was also accomplished. In fact some might say he was a maverick, he was unconventional. Above all he was inspired by the great character of the American people. There's nothing he didn't believe his nation could not do. And this is the heart of American greatness.' 

He added: 'Australia will never be accused of indifference in our friendship to the United States.' 

Guests were treated to a musical performance from military band members of  'Battle Hymn of the Republic,' 'What a Wonderful World,' and ended with 'Simple Gifts.' 

The first lady said she wanted to give a 'round of applause' to the musicians.

'Thank you for all of your help,' she said. 'Colonel, please can we have an encore with your incredible team. Thank you.' 

The evening kicked off as Donald and Melania Trump greeted the Morrisons on the North Portico of the White House as a bevy of Fox News stars, presidential supporters, Australian celebrities, and administration officials made their way into the second state dinner of the administration.

These included Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton.

Linton, the 38-year-old originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, had her first major acting breakthrough in television before rising to the prominence on the big screen. She has since become a powerful ambassador in her own right for animal charities based in both Los Angeles and South Africa. 

Melania Trump and Jenny Morrison exchanged cheek kisses while the president and prime minister greeted each other. Melania wore a J. Mendel aqua silk chiffon gown, with inserted pleats and bias cut waves, that cost around $6,000. Jenny Morrison was in a sleek Navy gown. 

President Trump listens to the musical performance

President Trump listens to the musical performance

Australian golfer Greg Norman joined the Trumps at the head table

Australian golfer Greg Norman joined the Trumps at the head table

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Morrison as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House

Trump and the first lady Melania Trump stand outside the White House waiting for Australia's Prime Minister and his wife. Melania's dress by J Mendel cost around $6,000

Trump and the first lady Melania Trump stand outside the White House waiting for Australia's Prime Minister and his wife. Melania's dress by J Mendel cost around $6,000

Golfer Greg Norman with Kirsten Norman arrives at Friday's state dinner

Golfer Greg Norman with Kirsten Norman arrives at Friday's state dinner

Rudy Giuliani with Dr. Maria Ryan

Rudy Giuliani with Dr. Maria Ryan

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, and husband Richard DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, and husband Richard DeVos

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with wife Ginny

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with wife Ginny

The state dinner took place in the White House Rose Garden just steps from the Oval Office

The state dinner took place in the White House Rose Garden just steps from the Oval Office

Joining them at their head table were Australian golf star Greg Norman - a longtime friend of Trump's - and his wife Kirsten Norman, Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah Murdoch, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginny, and billionaire Australian businessman Anthony Pratt, whose factory in Ohio Trump and Morrison will visit on Sunday.

Gifts from the Trumps to the Morrisons 

 Joint Gifts

• Archival Hand-bound Leather Album within Archival Clamshell Box

Hand-tooled and hand-inscribed in 23-karat genuine gold by Washington, D.C. artisans, this bespoke album is a customary gift for an Official or State Visit during the Trump Administration. The hand-finished, calfskin leather photo album features acid free, museum-quality pages with a 300-year lifespan.

• Tiffany & Co. Revere Bowl

Crafted by renowned New York City jeweler Tiffany & Co., this pewter bowl is a customary gift for an Official or State Visit during the Trump Administration. The hand-engraved bowl displays the Seal of the President of the United States and the signatures of President Trump and Mrs. Trump.

Gifts for Prime Minister Morrison from President Trump

• Model of USS Canberra

On October 6, 2017, the United States Navy awarded a Littoral Combat Ship to be named USS Canberra. The decision was made to honor the friendship and alliance between the United States and Australia, as well as the HMS Canberra, a decommissioned ship of the Australian Royal Navy. On February 22, 2019, construction on the ship began at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, and has a projected commissioning in 2023.

This one-of-a-kind model, showcasing the American and Australian flags, is presented in a case featuring a piece of the aluminum cut during the construction of the USS Canberra. 

• Framed Map of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Created by the United States Navy, this map features the trajectory of the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942. During World War II, after the United States learned of the Japanese plan to invade and occupy Port Moresby (present-day Papua New Guinea), two U.S. Navy carrier task forces, alongside a joint Australian-U.S. cruiser, were dispatched to oppose the offensive. The battle was a major naval encounter between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Naval and Air Forces of the United States and Australia, which became known as the Battle of the Coral Sea. Fought between May 4th and May 8th 1942, the battle is considered the first military encounter in which aircraft carriers engaged.

Gift from Mrs. Trump to Mrs. Morrison

• Tiffany & Co. Infinity Cuff in White House Wood Leather Jewelry Box

Crafted by the renowned, iconic New York City jeweler Tiffany & Co., this sterling silver and 18-karat gold cuff is presented in a custom leather jewelry box. The hand-finished calfskin leather jewelry box was hand-tooled with 23-karat genuine gold by Washington, D.C. artisans, and features wood dividers taken from a naturally fallen magnolia tree located on White House grounds.

Pratt told reporters it was a 'great honor' to host the two leaders at his Wapakoneta, Ohio, facility.

The evening offered a dreamy late summer feel, as a string quartet played classical music, crickets chirped in the back ground and the flowers in the Rose Garden waved in the evening breeze. 

It was a perfect fall night as the two couples walked down the White House colonnade and into the Rose Garden to a standing ovation.

Temporary flooring was laid over the grass so guests could mingle with ease.  

The mood of the guests was light and festive with no talks of politics or business in the air.  

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani laughed off his controversial interview with CNN, where he contradicted himself and argued repeatedly with host Chris Cuomo.

'Ha, ha, ha,' Giuliani laughed as he walked by reporters on the red carpet with Dr. Maria Ryan, his guest for the evening.

The former New York City mayor denied having an extramarital affair with Ryan, a New Hampshire doctor who he allegedly called the woman with 'big boobs,' when he was with his then-wife Judith Giuliani.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway arrived solo in a black lace gown with a mermaid tail in the back. 

She didn't answer questions about why her husband George Conway - a frequent critic of the Trump administration - wasn't with her.

However, during the dinner, George Conway was active on Twitter, promoting his newly published op-ed calling for Trump's immediate impeachment. 

Norman, the retired Australian golfer, said he hadn't golfed with Trump recently, but did concede he was speaking to the president about coming to Australia in January to see Tiger Woods play in the president's cup.

And Norman shrugged off criticism that the president gets for golfing most weekends.  

'Nobody can golf too much,' he said.

Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Australian media magnate and founder of Fox News Rupert Murdoch, arrived with his wife but ignored questions about his father's health. 

Making their state dinner debut was Trump adviser Stephen Miller and his girlfriend Katie Waldman, who walked through the formal entrance together arm-in-arm. 

They didn't answer questions and Waldman shyly lowered her head to the photographers as the walked by.

She recently joined the administration as Vice President Mike Pence's spokesperson. 

The guest list was heavy on Trump administration officials and guests of the Australian embassy. 

Australian chef Curtis Stone, a former contestant on Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice was there his wife actress Lindsay Price.

Fox stars - and frequent Trump supporters - Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs joined guests for the state dinner held in the Rose Garden, under a starry Washington D.C. night. 

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Trump adviser Dan Scavino walked the red carpet other together, waving to the crowd of reporters and laughing off their joint appearance. 

New White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, in a black and white dress, arrived with her boyfriend Max Miller. 

And also attending is the president's new National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien. 

He wasn't talking business though, saying there were 'no updates tonight' on reports the U.S. was expanding its military presence in Iran, but he did say of his first week on the job: 'It's been wonderful.'   

Military bands entertained the guests from the rooftop

Military bands entertained the guests from the rooftop

Fox Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of News Corp Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah

Fox Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of News Corp Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah

White House adviser Stephen Miller and girlfriend Katie Waldman

White House adviser Stephen Miller and girlfriend Katie Waldman

White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, left, and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, left, and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

Curtis Stone  and Lindsay Stone arrive for the State Dinner

Curtis Stone  and Lindsay Stone arrive for the State Dinner

White House Counselor Kellyane Conway

White House Counselor Kellyane Conway

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at the White House

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at the White House

President Trump and the first lady entered the dinner from the White House colonnade

President Trump and the first lady entered the dinner from the White House colonnade

Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Australian businessman Anthony Pratt during the state dinner

Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Australian businessman Anthony Pratt during the state dinner

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Australian First Lady Jennifer Morrison ahead of the dinner

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Australian First Lady Jennifer Morrison ahead of the dinner

Guests mingled at the dinner

Guests mingled at the dinner

Melania Trump was seated next to Greg Norman

Melania Trump was seated next to Greg Norman

After the dinner Melania sat alongside Jenny Morrison as the pair enjoyed a lighthearted exchange

After the dinner Melania sat alongside Jenny Morrison as the pair enjoyed a lighthearted exchange

Senator Joe Manchin, who is working on bipartisan gun background check legislation, had no update but noted: 'I'm still working. Every minute of every day.'

Senators Roy Blunt and Jim Risch, who is trying to work on energy legislation with the White House, were there from Capitol Hill as was House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and longtime Trump ally Representative Mark Meadows. 

Meadows too brushed aside a question on Iran, preferring to talk about the dinner instead of news of the day.

'I'm looking forward to celebrating tonight,' he said. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were among those representing the president's cabinet.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was in a great mood: 'I think it's terrific,' he touted of the economy as he strode down the carpet.  

Notably not in the crowd were any of the president's children. Ivanka Trump was in Rome for a wedding while Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump live in New York. Tiffany Trump attends Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C. 

Melania Trump oversaw the decorations and entertainment

Melania Trump oversaw the decorations and entertainment

The dinner for Morrison is the second state dinner Trump has held

The dinner for Morrison is the second state dinner Trump has held

President Trump praised the heritage of the Australian people in his speech

President Trump praised the heritage of the Australian people in his speech

President Trump and Melania Trump with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jenny Morrison

President Trump and Melania Trump with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jenny Morrison

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and Max Miller

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham and Max Miller

Television host Maria Bartiromo and husband Jonathan Steinberg

Television host Maria Bartiromo and husband Jonathan Steinberg

Guest list for State Dinner 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

The Prime Minister of Australia and Mrs. Jennifer Morrison

Mr. David Abney and Mrs. Sherry Abney

Ms. Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Ms. Adrienne Arsht and The Honorable C. Boyden Gray

The Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Mrs. Jennifer Azar

The Honorable William Barr, Attorney General and Mrs. Christine Barr

Ms. Maria Bartiromo and Mr. Jonathan Steinberg

Mr. Adam Beren and Mrs. Ellen Beren

The Honorable Roy Blunt, United States Senator from Missouri and Mrs. Abigail Blunt

Mr. David Bohigian and Mrs. Catherine Bohigian

Mr. Donald Bollinger and Mrs. Joy Bollinger

Mr. T. Ulrich Brechbühl and Mrs. Michelle Brechbühl

The Honorable Gavin Buckley, Mayor of Annapolis and Mrs. Julie Buckley

The Honorable Sean Cairncross and Ms. Emily Skor

General Angus Campbell AO DSC, Chief of the Defense Force, Australia

Mr. Andrew Carswell, Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

Mr. Daniel Cathy and Mrs. Rhonda Cathy

Ms. Michelle Chan, National Security Advisor and Senior Advisor (International), Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable Pasquale Cipollone and Mrs. Rebecca Cipollone

Air Vice Marshal Alan Clements CSC, Head of Australian Defense Staff, Embassy of Australia and Mrs. Helene Clements

The Honorable Kellyanne Conway

Her Excellency Katrina Cooper, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Australia and Mr. Keith Tuckwell

Mr. Nicholas Creevey, Senior Media Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable Arthur Culvahouse, American Ambassador to Australia and Ms. Melanie Aitken

The Honorable Leonard Curry, Mayor of Jacksonville and Mrs. Molly Curry

The Honorable Ronald DeSantis, Governor of Florida and Mrs. Casey DeSantis

The Honorable Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education and Mr. Richard DeVos

Mr. Louis Dobbs and Mrs. Debi Dobbs

The Honorable Emma Doyle and Mr. Brett Doyle

The Honorable Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense and Mrs. Leah Esper

Mr. Yaron Finkelstein, Principal Private Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

Mr. Andrew Forrest AO and Mrs. Nicola Forrest AO

Mr. Saul Fox and Ms. Hannah Strobel

Mr. Philip Gaetjens, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Ms. Sonia Gentile, Director of Program, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable Rudolph Giuliani and Dr. Maria Ryan

Mr. James Gorman

The Reverend Franklin Graham and Mrs. Jane Graham

The Honorable Stephanie Grisham and The Honorable Max Miller

Mr. Jack Hampton, Assistant Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

Mr. Justin Hayhurst, First Assistant Secretary, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

The Honorable Katherine Henderson and Ms. Mary Screws

Ms. Diane Hendricks and Mr. Keith Rozolis

His Excellency Joseph Hockey, Ambassador of Australia to the United States and Ms. Melissa Babbage

Dr. Elizabeth Jens and Mr. Ross Allen

Ms. Tham Kannalikham

Mr. Howard Kessler and Mrs. Michele Kessler

The Honorable Henry Kissinger and Mrs. Nancy Kissinger

The Honorable Keith Krach and Mrs. Metta Krach

The Honorable Lawrence Kudlow and Mrs. Judith Kudlow

Dr. John Kunkel, Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative and Ms. Claire Lighthizer

Mr. Andrew Liveris and Mr. Anthony Liveris

Mr. Nikolai Louw, Executive Officer, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable Viola Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte and Mr. Jeffrey Young

The Honorable Derek Lyons and Ms. Elizabeth Horning

The Honorable David Malpass and Mrs. Adele Malpass

The Honorable Joseph Manchin, United States Senator from West Virginia and Mrs. Gayle Manchin

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, United States Representative from California and Ms. Meghan McCarthy

The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Mr. Bynum Hunter

Mrs. Gail McGovern and Mr. Donald McGovern

The Honorable Mark Meadows, United States Representative from North

Carolina and Mrs. Debbie Meadows

The Honorable Stephen Miller and Ms. Katie Waldman

General Mark Milley, United States Army

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and Ms. Louise Linton

The Honorable Mick Mulvaney

Mr. Lachlan Murdoch and Mrs. Sarah Murdoch

Mr. Gregory Norman and Mrs. Kirsten Norman

Mr. Roger Norman and Mrs. Elise Norman

Mrs. Sandra Oudkirk and Mr. Scott Oudkirk

The Honorable Robert O’Brien and Mrs. Louisa O’Brein

The Vice President of the United States and Mrs. Karen Pence

Mr. Isaac Perlmutter and Mrs. Laura Perlmutter

The Honorable Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State and Mrs. Susan Pompeo

The Honorable Matthew Pottinger and Mrs. Yen Pottinger

Mr. Anthony Pratt and Ms. Claudine Revere

The Honorable Lindsay Reynolds

Mrs. Georgina Rinehart

The Honorable James Risch, United States Senator from Idaho and Mrs. Vicki Risch

Mr. Paul Ritchie, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

The Honorable John F.W. Rogers and Ms. Deborah Lehr

The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce and Mrs. Hilary Ross

Mr. Phillip Ruffin and Mrs. Oleksandra Ruffin

The Honorable Daniel Scavino

The Honorable Marc Short and Mrs. Kristen Short

Dr. Michelle Simmons AO and Dr. Thomas Barlow

Mr. David Solomon and Ms. Jan Wilson

The Honorable David Stilwell and Mrs. Jan Stilwell

Mr. Kerry Stokes AC and Mrs. Christine Simpson Stokes

Mr. Curtis Stone and Mrs. Lindsay Stone

The Honorable John Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State and Ms. Graciela Rodriguez

Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and Mrs. Virginia Thomas

Mr. Andrew Thomas AO

Mr. Robert Thomson and Ms. Ping Wang

Ms. Elizabeth Uihlein and Mr. Jacob Peters

The Honorable Daniel Walsh and Mrs. Deborah Walsh

Mrs. Kathy Warden and Mr. Eric Warden

Mr. Nicholas Warner AO PSM, Director-General of National Intelligence

Ms. Shemara Wikramanayake and Mr. Michael Silverton

Mr. Michael Wirth and Mrs. Julie Wirth

Australia's national colors set the theme for Friday night's state dinner in the Rose Garden.

Green and gold dominated the decor and table settings for the outdoor event - a flower-filled evening that took place just steps away from the Oval Office. 

It will be the second state dinner for Donald and Melania Trump since they entered the White House in the 2017 with the first lady taking the lead in planning the black tie occasion.

The dinner for the Australian prime minister will take place in the Rose Garden of the White House

The dinner for the Australian prime minister will take place in the Rose Garden of the White House

The dinner centerpieces feature more than 2,500 roses from California in shades of yellow and Australia's national floral emblem, the golden wattle

The dinner centerpieces feature more than 2,500 roses from California in shades of yellow and Australia's national floral emblem, the golden wattle

Military musicians will entertain the guests at Friday night's event

Military musicians will entertain the guests at Friday night's event

Louise Linton: The actress, law school graduate and animal rights ambassador 

Louise Linton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1980.

As a girl she trained at The Edinburgh Drama Academy before qualifying as a private acting coach. 

She took a gap year to volunteer in Northern Zambia before achieving a BA in Journalism from Pepperdine University, California, followed by a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of West LA in 2012.

It was during this time she started her acting career which went from strength to strength. 

In 2017, Linton married Mnuchin at a civil ceremony that Vice President Mike Pence officiated. 

She has since become a powerful ambassador in her own right for animal charities based in both Los Angeles and South Africa. 

In 2016, she was also on the host committee for Conservation International's annual event celebrating the global impact of the organization's work to protect the environment.

The East Wing offered a preview of the event to reporters Thursday night, show casing two of the tables that will be set up for the occasion while a military string orchestra played.

The dinner took place under a starry sky with the soft light of oil lamps illuminating the well-dressed guests who will dance and dine under the shadow of the White House and with the Washington Monument visible in the distance. 

Warm gold hues and soft greens dominate the dinner stage and were derived from the national flower of Australia, the golden wattle, which has a yellow flower and green foliage. 

Flowers heavily dominate the decorations - an appropriate choice given its Rose Garden location. American varieties of yellow and white roses will set the back drop for the evening while the tables feature centerpieces containing more than 2,500 roses from California in shades of yellow and Australia's national flower, the golden wattle. 

The Ground Floor Corridor of the White House - where guests will walk through to reach the dinner location - will feature garden roses, jasmine vines, and dahlias, all grown in the United States, to welcome attendees. 

The menu highlights the late summer season from America and pays homage to Australia's special blend of culinary adaptations from its various cultures, the East Wing said in a statement.

The first course will be Sunchoke Ravioli with Reggiano Cream and Shaved Summer Vegetables. 

Sunchokes, known as 'earth apples,' are native to North America. The pasta will be drizzled with a lemony Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese emulsion and topped with shavings of sun gold carrots, baby kale, and sunchoke chips.

The tables will be lit with oil lamps during the evening dinner

The tables will be lit with oil lamps during the evening dinner

The menu features American late summer food

The menu features American late summer food

First lady Melania Trump picked the theme and decorations

First lady Melania Trump picked the theme and decorations

State Dinner Menu 

First Course

Sunchoke Ravioli

Reggiano Cream

Shaved Summer Vegetables

Main Course

Dover Sole with Parsley Crisps

Zucchini Squash Blossoms

Fennel Mousseline

Baby Garlic Rouille

Dessert

Lady Apple Tart

Calvados Ice Cream

Wines

Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Argyle Pinot Noir 'Reserve' 2016 

J Demi-Sec NV 

The main course will be Dover Sole, roasted whole, then fileted and accented with Fennel Mousseline. Accompanying it will be green and yellow summer squash blossoms, which will be picked Thursday. 

Dessert will be an American classic (and favorite of President Trump): Lady Apple Tart with Calvados Ice Cream - a rich vanilla ice cream topped with liquor. 

A variety of American and Australian wines will be served.  

Gold woven baskets with yellow roses and golden wattle - to symbolize the friendship between the two nations - will surround the guests. Pear branches from New England will fill decorative urns. 

Ombre shades of yellow and green make up the table linens. Scattered throughout the place settings will be golden champagne grapes to highlight each of the countries' wine industries.

The china settings will consist of alternating patterns from the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. 

Melania Trump chose a table setting and decor that would reflect the strong ties between the United States and Australia, according to her office.     

Musical groups from the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force entertained the guests.  

The occasion is being called an 'official visit' instead of state visit as Morrison is not the head of state for Australia. That would be Queen Elizabeth. 

The White House will be all spruced up for visit.

The first lady recently oversaw the refurbishment of the receiving rooms on the state floor of the White House - the red room, the blue room and the green room. 

The rooms, which get trod through by official visitors and members of the visiting public got a fresh look with new rugs, draperies and furniture. Melania Trump also switched out some of the artwork on the wall. 

Friday's state dinner marks the second time the Trumps have bestowed such an honor on a visiting world leader. The first was for French President Emmanuel Macron in April 2018.

Guests will dine on dover sole for the main course

Guests will dine on dover sole for the main course

Australian flags were up around the White House complex Thursday ahead of the visit

Australian flags were up around the White House complex Thursday ahead of the visit

In the first 24 months in office, President Barack Obama held three state dinners; President George W. Bush held two state dinners and President Bill Clinton held one state dinner, according to the White House Historical Association.

The last time Australia was honored was on May 16, 2006, when George W. Bush hosted Prime Minister John Howard.

A state dinner usually conveys a unique bond between the two countries. Macron was one of the first European leaders to embrace Trump's presidency.

Australia has pushed its close ties to the United States.

After the 2016 election, then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was the second world leader to call and congratulate Trump - after getting his cell phone number from Norman.

Norman lives in Florida and grew close to Trump over their shared love of golf.  

Meanwhile, Trump and Morrison spent time together at the June G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, and at G7 meeting last month in Biarritz, France. Additionally, the president has bonded with the Australian Ambassador to the U.S. over a game of golf at Mar-a-Lago. 

Greg Norman defends Donald Trump's golf habit as guests arrive for glamorous state dinner

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