Choosing the Flowers for White House State Dinners

One tiny detail could spoil the event.

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Never underestimate how one tiny diplomatic detail can spoil even the grandest events. Take flowers at state dinners. White House florist Nancy Clarke reveals that picking the wrong color or type can send the wrong signal. Don't pick white for a Muslim dinner. That's the color of death. Ditto yellow for Latin American guests, she writes in White House History, the journal of the White House Historical Association.