For quinceaneras- the most exciting and challenging decision is selecting the theme.
Sure, you want to have quinceaneras that are traditional and not too far from what’s customary, but who says you can’t add your own personal touch?
- Classic and Sophisticated Quinceaneras:
This theme is perfect for you to demonstrate your “grown up” taste and style. For a celebration that’s quiet and elegant, Classic/Sophisticated quinceaneras assure an ambiance similar to a bridal reception or a school prom. The trick with quinceaneras is to remember that “less is more”, and not to overly use lavish decorations.
Time of Year: Any time
Your Dress: White, Black, or any muted color (nothing bright)
Your Court: Any low-key color that doesn’t take the attention away from you (think silver, gold, brown, royal blue…). The damas’ dresses should ideally all be the same color so that, again, none of the attention is distracted from you.
Decoration: Any favors that are neutral in color (white, gold, silver, earth tones), but also have hints of shimmer and glamour will emphasize the importance of having simply elegant quinceaneras.
Food: Any traditional dish such as chicken, fish or steak will do. It’s also a good idea to have trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres floating around throughout the party.
Music: Just like your decorations, you’ll want to keep your playlist simple in order to pull off a “Classic and Sophisticated” theme. Stick with traditional songs popular for quinceañeras, and include of course the traditional Waltz.
- Garden Party Quinceaneras :
Time of Year: Ideally a Garden Party will be hosted during the spring or summer months (when it isn’t too hot outside), but it can be hosted any time of the year.
Your Dress: Any pastel color, as well as soft spring colors such as turquoise, fuscia, tangerine, canary yellow and green.
Your Court: For the “Garden Party” theme, it’s not a bad idea if your damas’ dresses are a different color than yours. A nice idea would be to have each dama wear a dress in any of the spring colors mentioned above, and you wear a dress that is white with green embroidery. Chamberlains can wear white, black or brown/tan colored suits.
Decoration: If you are not already celebrating your quince in a garden where Mother Nature takes care of most of the decorating, you can also achieve the garden party effect by adding lush greenery such as assorted flower arrangements or fresh shrubs to the decorations.
Food: For this theme, you can have a menu typical to quinceaneras consisting of your favorite food, or you can also go for typical ‘garden party’ finger foods such as sandwich quarters, chicken tenders, and/or hors d’oeuvres. You can also offer guests English tea to go with their dessert instead of the typical coffee.
Music: The choice is yours.
- Quinceanera Beach Bash:
Beach-themed quinceaneras allow you and your guests to have the fun and frolic of a day at the beach, no matter what the weather is like outside. The great thing about this theme is that it adapts perfectly to formal and informal events, so you can pick the level of dress up you want your guests to see.
Time of Year: Preferably summer, but any time of the year will do.
Your Dress: A simple dress (i.e.: nothing too puffy or elaborate) that’s white, aqua green, aqua blue, or coral will do if you are opting for an informal and totally beach look. Otherwise, your dress can be as formal and elaborate as you want.
Your Court: As long as your damas’ dresses always less elaborate than yours, their color is up to you. For an informal look the chambelanes can also dress down a bit by wearing a nice suit (any color), or dress up for a formal look by going for the formal tuxedo.
Decorations: If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a friend who’s willing to host your reception at his/her beach side pad, you can still achieve the beach theme at just about any location by getting creative with the decorations. You can decorate the space with fisherman’s nets, beach balls, tiny lighthouses and lifeguard shacks, and anything else you can think of to bring the motif to life. The favors you give can be of any of dozens charming gifts such as candles or photo frames.
Food: It is best to stick with a seafood menu for this. A great idea is to serve shrimp cocktails, or have shrimp hors d’oeuvres floating among your guests.
Music: Once you have set the theme through your decorations, you can pretty much safely choose any style of music you wish… keeping in mind, of course, that tropical music is always reminiscent of the beach.
- ” Princess” Quinceaneras:
This is similar to the “Classic and Sophisticated” theme, but it is usually a bit more lavish. “Princess” themed quinceaneras make your quince venue into a fairy tale kingdom with you as the ruler.
Time of Year: Any time
Your Dress: Preferably gold or white, but any soft color will do so long as it is finished off with a nice tiara.
Your Court: Your court’s attire should not take any attention from the quinceañera, but rather complement her dress. Therefore, it’s a good idea to ensure that the damas wear matching dresses in the same muted color (pale pink, earth tones, pastels). The chamberlains can wear any color suit or tux.
Decorations: Depending on the type of princess you want to be, your decorations can be either soft and feminine, reminiscent of Snow White or Cinderella, or they can be more modern and resemble the kingdom of Princess Mononoke in Lord of the Rings. The decorations are similar to the ones described for the “Classic & Sophisticated” theme, but with even more lavish elegance.
Food: You’ll want your guests to partake in a royal feast fit for kings and queens, so be prepared to offer a hearty assortment of entrees (steaks, chicken, fish, turkey) from which your guests can choose. If you can arrange it with the catering company, have them serve every course in their best gold-plated china (or something that looks just as fancy/regal), and glassware. You and your court can even drink out of special goblets to complete the look.
Music: The choice is yours.
- Personalized Quinceaneras:
Since quinceaneras are about the quinceanera girl, why not take that idea and run with it? Personalized decorations and favors make a great impression with your guests, and the hand-made (or hand-selected) favors can be taken home afterwards as a lovely souvenir. This theme is the easiest to pull off and perhaps the most exciting because you don’t have to go crazy with decorations and ideas to any particular theme. Just make sure that whatever you choose in terms of music, food, decorations, and favors all reflect your own personal taste and style.
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