The Eisenhowers preferred to dine on TV trays on the porch. But when family and friends visited, dinner was served in the formal dining room amid lively conversation led in turn by the General and Mrs. Eisenhower.
Young Major Eisenhower bought Mamie the tea service that stands on the sideboard across the room, piece by piece with his poker winnings. Mamie purchased the dining room suite in 1927. It traveled with the couple during their many, and frequent moves.