The Yellow Oval Room

Floral Arrangement

History of the Yellow Oval Room

  • The room was completed in 1801
  • Dolley Madison first decorated the room in yellow damask in 1809
  • Abigail Fillmore got an allocation from Congress for books to make the room into the first White House library

  • The Harrisons continued to use the room as a library and family parlor and, in 1889, put the first White House Christmas tree here
  • Franklin D Roosevelt converted the room into his study, and it was in this room on December 7, 1941, that he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Laura Bush used it often to entertain female dignitaries
  • In recent years it has often been used for formal private receptions for important guests
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Modern American Floral Arrangement

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  • Water
  • Floral food
  • Vase
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue (for ribbon)
  • Folding knife
  • Floral scissors
  • Leaf shine
  • Ribbon shears
  • Stem stripper
  • Stem tape
  • 20 gauge floral wire

Flowers and Foliage


Yellow freesia- Form

White Gypsophilia- Filler

White Lisianthus- Line

Pink Rose- mass

Small orange rose- mass


Aspidistra leaf


Steel grass- also used for line