The White House Egg Roll has become a hot ticket since the Obamas began occupying the White House. This year’s event was the biggest ever, with some 200,000 people vying for 30,000 tickets. Jennifer Bartok was one of the lucky guests. She even got to meet the First Family, who appeared on the south balcony around 10:30. “It was amazing to see Michelle Obama,” Jennifer exclaimed. “She was lovely, and we got to meet her!” The trip was well worth it for this group of seven that traveled from New York City to attend.
What They Did
This year’s theme was “Get Up and Go!” Guests got to spend two hours shopping in the organic market, stretching in the “Yoga Garden,” participating in cooking demonstrations, and dancing to live musical performances.
What They Wore
The President was in his usual dress shirt and slacks. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless grey and yellow frock covered in a sunflower print bursting with springtime sentiment.
Fans were atwitter over Willow Smith’s adorable pastel-plaid skort suit worn during her performance. Her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, also made quite the impression in Snake-print wedge sandles by Lavin. The Obama sisters–Malia in a faux halter top and Sasha in purple kicks–looked adorable.
Who Was There
It was a family affair for Reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons, who along with her children, was joined by both her ex-husband, hip-hop producer Russell Simmons and current husband, actor Djimon Hounsou. Teen sensation, Colbie Caillat sang the national anthem, and the Harlem Globetrotters mesmerized the crowd with spinning basketballs. Al Roker and Kelly Ripa chatted up the crowd while Chefs Jacques Pepin and Spike Mendelsohn encouraged healthy eating. John Lithgow, Geena Davis, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi also made appearances. Of course, the Easter Bunny was a big attraction.
There was one surprise for Jennifer. “I thought there would be food…” Perhaps next year.