State Department 2010 Holiday Decorations: "A Season for Giving"

Media Note
Washington, DC
December 10, 2010

State Department Partners with Time Inc.’s InStyle to Decorate
Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the Holidays

This year's holiday theme at the State Department is “A Season for Giving” – celebrating all those who make sacrifices to give to others – whether their country, their community or their family. The Office of the Chief of Protocol has partnered with Time Inc.’s InStyle to decorate the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the holidays. The goal of the partnership is to decorate the Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the holidays in honor of their 50th anniversary next year, showcase the historical significance and contemporary use of the rooms, and honor the hardworking State Department employees and their families who endure long periods of separation due to postings in dangerous places around the world.

To honor these State Department employees, Secretary Clinton will host her annual “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays” event with the families and loved ones of officers on Unaccompanied Tours. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30pm in the newly decorated Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

InStyle editor Ariel Foxman brought in designer David Stark to collaborate on the decor. The decorations will be on display through the month of December in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room, Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room, James Monroe Reception Room, John Quincy Adams State Drawing Room and the Edward Vason Jones Memorial Hall all on the eighth floor of the Harry S. Truman building. Every day the Diplomatic Reception Rooms play host to the most senior levels of American diplomacy and showcase our nation's heritage to visitors from around the world. These stately rooms are maintained without taxpayer or government funds.

Inspired by InStyle, the installation honors the historical significance and traditional beauty of the rooms. Everyday materials were used to transform the space in significant ways, including trees made of over four miles of red ribbon, a grand archway made of glittering gift boxes, and a tree carved of mirror. All materials and decorations will be donated to Materials For the Arts.

Click here to see pictures of the decorations

Click here to learn more about the Diplomatic Reception Rooms

For more information, please contact Kamyl Bazbaz at or 202-647-2681.

PRN: 2010/1787