As a white tie occasion, this dinner or the Emperor and Empress of Japan was one of the most formal dinners President and Mrs. Ford hosted. Instead of the usual round tables they used a more official E-shaped table arrangement.
The color scheme featured deep crimson red and sterling silver set off by white table linens. Once again highlighting American craftsmanship, the centerpieces were decorative silver pieces handcrafted by Samuel Kirk and Son of Baltimore, America’s oldest silversmith. A full garland of crimson blossoms was draped between the silver and candle holders.
In honor of their guests, crimson and white chrysanthemums, the royal flower of Japan, were placed throughout the State Floor. A six foot tall bonsai tree was placed in the Yellow Oval Room as well.