On Wednesday, President Biden will host Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a state dinner, but the White House is scaling back the planned festivities, which took months to prepare, due to the crisis in the Middle East.

First Lady Jill Biden had invited the Georgia party band B-52s to perform at the dinner, but on Tuesday, she told reporters that she had changed those plans. The band will be in attendance at the dinner as guests, but instead, Army and Air Force orchestras, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps band, will perform.

"We're living in a time when many are facing grief and pain, so we've made some changes to the entertainment part of the evening," said the First Lady.

Here's what's on the menu:

In the evening, the leaders and their guests will dine in a pavilion on the South Lawn, draped with cascades of brightly colored fabrics inspired by sunset colors, according to the White House. The tables will be adorned with pink roses, Australian eucalyptus, dahlias, and delphiniums.

"Advancing our partnerships and relationships with our allies is crucial, especially in these unsettled times," said Jill Biden, presenting the state dinner menu. "Food comforts, encourages, and heals, and we hope this dinner will provide some of that."

Guest chef Katie Button, who has restaurants in North Carolina, prepared the menu, which includes muscat pumpkin soup, roasted beet salad, and braised short ribs with sarsaparilla.

The United States deepens its ties with Australia to counter China

As the Biden administration worked to counter Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region, its top foreign policy priority, the White House sought to deepen its ties with Australia.

President Biden had planned to visit Australia in May but had to cancel the trip due to debt ceiling negotiations. Now, another crisis looms over the visit, meant to honor Albanese.

The leaders will discuss developments in the Middle East, said John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council. However, they also plan to talk about cooperation in artificial intelligence, a new agreement for American companies to launch from Australia into space, and agreements between the two countries on critical minerals.