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State Dinner Glamour Inspires Quinceañera Decoration

Alicia Monsalve

The Mexican First Couple’s recent visit to the White House can inspire you to display a sense of unity between Mexico and the United States at your Quince

When Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, and his wife, Margarita, visited the White House last week, it was one of those occasions in which the United States and Mexico had the opportunity to reinforce their solidarity despite the conflicts that arise between two countries with large borders such as immigration, trafficking, and other controversial issues.

A moment as special as this can be a source of inspiration to create an international diplomatic environment at your Quince. The following are a few tips to make your Quince as diplomatic as a State dinner at the White House:

After President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted Mexico’s First Couple, international agencies immediately began to call out certain details such as which designers dressed the First Ladies, which artists would perform that night, and even how the White House was decorated.

• The reception hall was given a romantic touch suitable for a private dinner, which took place in the east wing and only served 20 tables. The decoration was simple, using white candles, green and fuchsia flower bouquets, and turquoise tablecloths. A toast was made to people’s dreams, children, and friendship, borrowing a few words from Octavio Paz.

margarita zavala, dresses, gowns• Margarita Zavala de Calderon wore a suit designed by Macario Jimenez, a young Mexican designer who is a favorite among celebrities and had already designed the First Lady’s attire for her visit to Great Britain and had previously worked for the former First Lady, Martha Sahagun. The princess style suit had a long, purple-toned skirt with a geometric-patterned bodice, inspired by Aztec art, and a square neck with no sleeves. Her accessories included an indigo shawl and a lilac handbag.

michelle obama, dresses, gowns• First Lady Michelle Obama wore an electric blue, one-shoulder tunic, designed by Peter Sorenen, with chiffon fabric, drapes, a waist cut, silver sash, and wide skirt combined with silver mid-rise sandals, a necklace, and a wavy hairdo.

• The dinner party took place at the White House’s south garden, under a large canopy that was decorated to celebrate the migration of monarch butterflies, which travel in groups of millions from Canada to Michoacan, the home state of President Calderon. Strings of orange butterflies and crystal beads hung from the ceiling, yellow and orange hibiscus flowers were placed in three giant baskets, butterfly silhouettes were projected unto the walls, and orange tablecloths were used to contrast the greenery.

• The music was diverse. President Obama assured that nothing could compare to the sound of a Mexican mariachi, but that night they would dance to Los Marines, an electronic pop duet formed by Rodrigo and Gabriela, and Beyoncé.

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