A State Dinner is relatively rare. Only 11 have occurred during the Obama administration. They are a part of the protocol when a head of state visits. When President Hollande of France visited recently it was time to pull out all the stops. Highlighting the cultures of both countries, the venue was decorated to suggest a Monet Painting and 350 guests dined in elegance on U.S. dishes prepared with care in the White House Kitchen.
One presentation featured two flowers crafted from sugar. The red rose for the U.S. and the iris for France.
View the video below about the preparation of the dinner: