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State Dinner Wrap-up...See the Videos and the Photos Here

 

As the Obamas awaited the arrival of their guests on the North Portico of the White House, basically the Obama's front porch, the first lady made some last-minute adjustments to her husband's wardrobe. (Fox News photo by Kelly Chernenkoff)

On Wednesday night, one hundred and 36 years after President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant honored King David Kalakaua of Hawaii for the our country's first state dinner, President and Mrs. Obama continued the tradition.

But the state dinner of the 21st Century its a bit removed from that of the 19th.

While a traditional orchestral arrangement welcomed Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala, it was a performance by Beyonce that sent them home. How's that for tradition?

Let's start at the beginning. First, you have the welcome of the honored guests.

 

But be sure you're ready. The worn marble on the North Portico can be quite slippery; something Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States, discovered first-hand. But we give her bonus points for not only a quick recovery, but self-deprecating humor to boot. (See full video of the slip and highlights of the night below)

That front porch marble is not as slippery as those Salahis, though. Check out Major Garrett's blog on the infamous party infiltrators and where they spent their evening.

Then the stars make their own entrances. No, not Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy or Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, though they were there. We're talking about the likes of Eva Longoria Parker, George Lopez and Whoopi Goldberg.

 

 Then you have the food. Oh, right, there's food at a State "Dinner".

Perhaps in the spirit of that first state dinner, there was a Hawaiian touch thrown into the Mexican-centric dishes of the night. Guests dined on herb green ceviche of Hawaiian opah to Oregon wagyu beef in oaxacan black mole. There was even a comfort food option for dessert: toasted homemade marshmallows.

The evening was capped off with performances by aforementioned music sensation Beyonce and Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela in a large tent on the South Lawn. The White House says the decor was designed to honor Calderon's birthplace of Michoacán, Mexico, where the Monarch butterfly makes its annual migration in Spring.

 If you didn't get enough in the photos above, click here to watch more...

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