Michelle Obama doesn't want to mess around with food at her 50th birthday party, instructing guests to eat before they arrive at the White House for the First Lady's "Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert" shindig.
The coterie of invitees received a save-the-date email for the Jan. 18 event, with strict guidelines to wear comfortable shoes, practice their dance moves and arrive with a full stomach — a directive that has left some etiquette experts scratching their heads.
"I don't think it's rude, but I do think it's a little ... different," Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, told the Washington Post.
"I've never seen it said straight out. That is definitely new," said Washington area party planner Andre Wells.
The self-dubbed mom-in-chief turns 50 on Jan. 17 and will hold her food-light celebration the next day, likely in the White House East Room.
There is no word on who is on the guest list, though many suspect hip-hop royalty Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé will be among the revelers.
She got an early birthday present from the President — an extended Hawaiian vacation after the family holiday stay on the island.
The President and daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, returned to the arctic temperatures of D.C. on Sunday, leaving the birthday girl behind.
The Daily Caller reported that the First Lady is relaxing at the Oprah Winfrey estate in Maui for a "girl getaway" with CBS morning host Gayle King, President Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, wife of Attorney General Eric Holder.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday "the first family will appropriately fund personal expenses," but said a government aircraft will be used for her travel back to Washington.
Her return date is unknown.