China State Dinner PHOTOS: White House Releases Behind-The-Scenes Pictures

01/22/2011 07:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The next best thing to the state dinner actually happening is when the White House releases behind-the-scenes photos of the state dinner, offering a much more intimate perspective than any other outlet. See our favorites pictures below.

Not that our coverage was so shabby: it's not too late to see Michelle Obama's Alexander McQueen gown up-close or the other state dinner arrivals, like Jackie Chan, Barbra Streisand, Anna Wintour and Vera Wang and decide who among them was best-dressed.