The Trumps arrive swanky Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve bash
- The Trump family turned heads Sunday evening as they arrived to their annual New Year's Eve party
- The extravagant $750-a-head bash took place inside the Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom
- Melania, Ivanka and Lara donned expensive gowns to the event while the boys sported suits and ties on the red carpet
- Tickets for the New Year's Eve bash rose from last year, and cost a whopping $750 per guest
- President's supporters and members of his private club say the increased security measures and pricier tickets will be worth it
Published: 22:31 EST, 31 December 2017 | Updated: 23:34 EST, 31 December 2017
The Trump family looked flashy while dressed to the nines in preparation for their annual New Year's Eve bash at Mar-a-Lago.
The President, Melania and 11-year-old Barron made a serious statement as they arrived to the gala taking place inside the Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom Sunday evening.
Melania donned a gorgeous $4,000 Emery floral-embroidered sequin ERDEM gown, while the guys sported black tie.
Ivanka, Jared and their two kids, Arabella, 6, and Joseph, 4, smiled for the camera in a cute Instagram snapshot that shows the group in suits and dresses.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he arrives for a New Year's Eve gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida
Melania donned a gorgeous $4,000 Emery floral-embroidered sequin dress, while the boys sported black tie
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Donald Trump and Melania greet guests as he arrives for a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago club
'Happy New Year's Eve! xx,' Ivanka wrote in the picture post, where she is shown wearing a sparkly David Koma number.
Meanwhile, Lara Trump took to social media to share a sweet photo of herself and Eric on the red carpet.
'Thank you, 2017! Hello 2018,' Lara said. She chose a Chiara Boni La Petite Robe plunging black bodysuit, and Eric, a black suit and white bow tie.
The pricey tickets for the President's lavish New Year's Eve bash rose this year, and cost a whopping $750 per guest, according to The Washington Post.
Ivanka, Jared and their two kids, Arabella and Joseph smiled for the camera in a cute Instagram snapshot that shows the group in black tie and dresses
Meanwhile, Lara Trump took to social media to share a sweet photo of herself and Eric on the red carpet
The ticket price has prompted criticism against Trump with some accusing him of profiting from public office with the 'very glam' New Year's Eve event.
Trump has attended the party at his Mar-a-Lago private club for the past two decades, but Sunday night's festivities will be his first as President.
The President's supporters and members of his private club say the increased security measures and pricier tickets will be worth it.
'It's a very glam night. I think everyone is even more excited this year than last year, because then he was president-elect, he hadn't been sworn in,' supporter Toni Holt Kramer told the Washington Post.
Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom at the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach is shown Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Ivanka, Jared and their children Arabella and Joseph arrive at a new year's party at the Mar-a-Lago resort
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton arrive in all white for a New Year's Eve bash
But critics claim the lavish party is a way for Trump to promote his brand – even though he gave up running his hotel and real estate business when he was elected.
He still owns various properties, including Mar-a-Lago.
'The president continues to find ways to profit from public office, by exploiting the fact that there are people who will pay to spend time with him and to be seen with him,' according to Kathleen Clark, who is a government ethics expert at the Washington University School of Law.
Hundreds of people are expected to show for the red-carpet extravaganza, which usually includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a four course dinner and entertainment.
Melania is seen smiling while she sits with guests at the annual New Year's Eve bash in the ballroom
The President stands with guests after arriving to the ballroom for the annual event said to be pricier than last year's
The official menu includes a first course of Trump's iceberg wedge salad with Roquefort, grape tomatoes, bacon, red onion and assorted dinner rolls.
The second course is Maine lobster ravioli with fennel mousseline, olive, citrus verjus sauce, Fox White House Producer Fin Gomez explained of the menu.
For the entree, the Trump's will serve sliced tenderloin and pan seared sea bass with taro root puree, morel mushrooms, roasted heirloom carrots, sweet cherries and burgundy jus.
Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on his 40th birthday to share a picture with father, President Trump. He wrote: 'Just hanging out with POTUS on #NYE!'
An interior view of the ballroom is shown as guest gather together to chat and celebrate the coming New Year
At least 600 people attended last year's sell-out party when tickets were $525 for members and $575 for guests.
This year, tickets have jumped to the whopping $750 for guests and $600 for members.
'I expect most of the members will want to be there. It's going to be fabulous,' Kramer said.
She added that the President would likely 'be the last one to leave the party, and the first one up in the morning, tweeting. Lucky for us, he doesn't need a lot of sleep.'
Donald Trump Jr. celebrates New Years Eve and his 40th birthday with his children as he runs in the sand and plays football with guests at Mar-A-Lago in West Palm Beach
Don Jr. was all smiles as he got on his knees to get in on the fun and build a sand castle with them on the final day of the year
The family played in the sand as they sported shorts and tees for the warm day on the beach
Also among the Sunday festivities, Donald Trump Jr. celebrated his 40th birthday.
The father-of-five was seen beaming while on the beach earlier in the day with his son, Donald Trump III, 8, Spencer, 5, and his youngest daughter, Chloe, 3.
The happy family ran in the sand, built sand castles and played football with guests at the resort at West Palm Beach.
Mar-a-Lago has been named the First Family's 'Winter White House.'
Don Jr. and his children walked along the beach in the early afternoon before the New Year's Eve celebrations
Don Jr. smiled for the cameras as he got some exercise in the sun and sand with his family
The Trump family is staying at the 'Winter Whitehouse' for the holiday season
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