Michelle Obama’s 50th Invite: Eat Before You Get Here

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Michelle Obama works with students on preparing healthy meals.
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Michelle Obama has made healthful eating a priority on her agenda as first lady, but guests attending her upcoming 50th birthday bash better eat before they get there.  

That's right, Michelle Obama included the old refrain used in many an African-American household, informing VIP guests lucky enough to receive a save-the-date email "to eat before you come," the Washington Post reports.


The email sent from the White House is titled "Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert," and apparently that is exactly what guests are going to get.

According to the Post, guests are being told to bring their dancing shoes but not their appetites, and that "who's invited and who'll entertain remain under wraps," the email says.

The event is scheduled for Jan. 18. The Washington Post's Reliable Source section tapped etiquette experts to throw shade at the first lady for her keep-it-real approach to her birthday party.

"I don’t think it’s rude, but I do think it’s a little … different than what people are used to. How’s that for putting it delicately?" Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Great Get-Togethers: Casual Gatherings and Elegant Parties at Home, told the Post.


"To ask people to 'eat before you come' is not the way I would have done it," Colin Cowie, a go-to entertainment guru for Oprah Winfrey, told the Post. "I always think of the food. When it comes to making people feel welcome we give them great music, a well-stocked bar, and excellent food—and you do it abundantly."

Read more at the Washington Post.

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