Pinteresting Times at the White House Holiday Social

The White House kicked off their presence on Pinterest with a White House Holiday Social.

White House Holiday Social

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14 lucky Pinners were invited to tour the White House, check out the holiday decor, meet the team that helped transform the White House for holidays, participate in a craft project, and hear from officials about topics ranging from the First Lady’s initiatives to digital strategy at the White House.

I am still pinching myself and so excited to be able to share this special experience at the White House with you!

My big Pinning adventure started on afternoon Sunday flying the cloudy skies to D.C.

Flying Delta to DC

After checking in at the Sofitel, it was time to check out the neighborhood.

Sofitel

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After a quick stroll it to beat the rain, it was time to get some dinner at ICI Urban Bistro

Yummy French onion soup

Yummy French onion soup

esperesso

Espresso and macaroon 

On Monday morning we had to arrive at the White House no later than 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and East Executive Avenue

Breakfast of champion Pinners

Breakfast of champion Pinners

East Appointment Gate

Waiting in anticipation of who else will be joining the Holiday Social, Prairie Burt and I heard some barking just beyond the gates and we caught a glimpse of Bo Obama.

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Enid Hwang and Janet of Pawling Print Studio

Enid Hwang and Janet of Pawling Print Studio

As more Pinners arrived including Pinterest’s community manager, Enid Hwang (WooHOO) we went through security and then arrived at the East Wing Reception Room. We were greeted by Kasie Coccaro  and Kori Schulman Office of Digital Strategy at The White House.

East Visitor Entrance and Landing

East Visitor Entrance and Landing

Melissa Jones, Enid Hwang, Aimee

Melissa Jones, Enid Hwang, Aimee
White House East Wing Reception Room

White House East Wing Reception Room

White House Holiday Social Agenda

White House Holiday Social Agenda

The White House Holiday Social with Pinterest officially kicked off with

“Joy to All”: White House Holiday Tour

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White House China Room

White House China Room

White House Vermeil Room

White House Vermeil Room

White House East Room

Stunning East Room Christmas trees with famous George Washington portrait in the background

Stunning East Room Christmas trees with famous George Washington portrait in the background

The Green Room Christmas trees featured terrarium ornmanets, find out how to make them here http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house/holidays

The Green Room Christmas trees featured terrarium ornmanets, find out how to make them here http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house/holidays

State Dining Room

State Dining Room

The Gold Star Family Tree – a tree dedicated to veterans

The Gold Star Family Tree – a tree dedicated to veterans

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Blue Room Christmas tree ornaments decorated by military children living in US military bases all around the world

Blue Room Christmas tree ornaments decorated by military children living on US military bases all around the world

View from the Blue Room

View from the Blue Room

White House gingerbread house

White House gingerbread house

The White House Entrance Hall and Cross Hall feature trees with ornaments from themes picked by the current First Lady Michelle Obama and previous First Ladies.

The tradition has been honored for 50 years.

Hillary Clinton Christmas tree ornament

Hillary Clinton Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Michelle Obama's Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Michelle Obama's Christmas tree ornament

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Christmas tree ornament

Bo Christmas tree ornament

Bo Christmas tree ornament

How Pinterest-y is this rainbow ombre tree?

How Pinterest-y is this rainbow ombre tree?

Love the reflection of the menorah and the Christmas tree

Love the reflection of the menorah and the Christmas tree

We had the pleasure and the honor of meeting Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer at the White House

We toured the floral design center at the White House and created festive holiday containers with up-cycled plastic containers, spray paint, and magnolia leaves.

Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer

Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer

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Exotic blooms

Exotic blooms

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We also enjoyed White House Christmas cutout cookies and hot cider

Kori Schulman, Director of Online Engagement with a platter of cutouts

Kori Schulman, Director of Online Engagement with a platter of cutouts

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I could not bring myself to take a bite out of Bo ~ so he and the White House cup came back to Atlanta

I could not bring myself to take a bite out of Bo ~ so he and the White House cup came back to Atlanta

A special gift handmade for the Pinners! Included: how to for the craft project, pumpkin cake recipe, how to make Bo flakes, and how to make Bo garland

A special gift handmade for the Pinners! Included: how to for the craft project, pumpkin cake recipe, how to make Bo flakes, and how to make Bo garland

WhiteHouseRecipes6After this we had a Pin break and lunch

Next we met at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

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Esienhower Executive Office Building

Eisenhower Executive Office Building

These guys greeted us in Room 234

White House M & M's with Barack Obama's signature on the box

White House M & M’s with Barack Obama’s signature on the box

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From the Gingerbread White House to the Kitchen Garden

We met with Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef.

He took us through the process of making the White House gingerbread house. The whole process began in July with the idea and was completed in November. He even gave us the recipe for how to make the windows on the gingerbread house.

2.2 lbs of sugar

10 oz of corn syrup

3 oz water

Boiled to 360 degrees

Let it sit for 3 – 4 minutes before pouring into a mold

If using an image (like the White House) make sure to use edible ink and place ink side up

Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef

Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef

Notice the image in the window. If you were on the outside looking in, this would be the hallway in the White House that you would see (in next image)

Notice the image in the window. If you were on the outside looking in, this would be the hallway in the White House that you would see (in next image)

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White House gingerbread house. Notice the White House Garden and Bo.Bill said, "We do understand proportion. But everyone loves Bo."

White House gingerbread house. Notice the White House Garden and Bo.
Bill said, “We do understand proportion. But everyone loves Bo.”

Opening the “People’s House”

Ellie Schafer is the Director of the White House Visitors Office and she loves logistics. She is tasked with managing all of the events and guests that come through the doors of the White House.

Prior to working at the White House she worked with John Kerry and the Dalai Lama.

Ellie Schafer, Director of the White House Visitors Office

Ellie Schafer, Director of the White House Visitors Office

The First Lady’s Office & Initiatives

Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

We learned about the First Lady’s initiatives Joining Forces, Council on Women and Girls, and Let’s Move from Tina Tchen.

Macon Phillips, Director of the Office of Digital Strategy

Macon Phillips, Director of the Office of Digital Strategy

And we ended the day with a collaborative discussion with Macon Phillips, Director of the Office of Digital Strategy, Kori Schulman, Director of Online Engagement, and Kody Starr, Creative Director in the Office of Digital Strategy. It was an excellent opportunity for us to learn about their plans for Pinterest but they also wanted feedback on what we would like to see Pinned and how to engage on Pinterest.

I plan to post more about the social media side of the visit soon 🙂

It was a completely amazing experience look for more pictures on flickr and be sure to follow the

White House Pins and mine as well on Pinterest.

Please join #PinChat on Friday, December 21st at 10PM EST for a special: #Pinchat Cocktail Party  talking about Pinterest at The White House

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8 thoughts on “Pinteresting Times at the White House Holiday Social

  1. Jewel Fryer (@jewelfry) December 21, 2012 at 12:24 am Reply

    So happy for you Kelly! This is great.

  2. Aïda B. (@AidaofNubia) December 21, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Kelly! I can tell that it was an amazing experience for you. Can’t wait to hear more!

  3. WTFPinterest.com (@WTFPinterest) December 21, 2012 at 9:15 am Reply

    Loved this, Kelly! So glad you shared this fabulous time! Congratulations!

  4. Kelly Lieberman December 21, 2012 at 11:36 am Reply

    Jewel, Aida, and Alison ~ Thank you so so much! It was truly a wonderful experience!

  5. Janet Berman December 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Kelly, beautiful post! It was so great meeting you and reliving the experience through your pictures.

    • Kelly Lieberman December 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm Reply

      Hi Janet!

      Still seems surreal:) Such a really amazing experience…and it was so to meet you! We MUST stay in touch!

      Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2013!

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