Before I started working in the Spanish Immersion School…I had NO idea what a Quinceañera was….but now happily I do….
And a couple of weeks ago a friend and I had the opportunity to help a lovely young woman and her mom decorate for this important occasion.
Quinceañera (lit. meaning One (f.) who is fifteen), sometimes called “Fiesta de quince años”, “Fiesta de Quinceañera”, “Quince años” or simply “quince”, is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday!
The color scheme was obvious!
Silver, black and white….with touches of seasonal greens!
We did some careful shopping at the dollar store….and the Sweetwater Shelves!
We recycled the Christmas trees for greenery…..
When we arrived to start decorating…..
We felt a bit like “church ladies”….so like any good “church lady” …we got to work!
The table centerpieces were simply a dollar store mirror, a floating candle in a wine glass, some silver eucalyptus and greens….with a simple white bow……
(Maybe a total cost of 5 dollars for each of the tables!)
From the Sweetwater Shelves….
remember my last minute centerpiece using those hurricane lamps with the wine glass and votives?
We used them on the food table…..with the greens, eucalyptus and white ribbon…
with some silver trays from the Sweetwater shelves!
It only took $20 worth of grocery store flowers….in the Sweetwater Silver…..
They looked amazing on the cake table…..
The brother of the birthday girl and a couple of friends performed a traditional Mexican Dance….Sabres and All!
It is traditional for the guests to receive a small token gift at a Quinciñeara…usually a little toy!
At this party guests went home with a photo card of the birthday girl in her gorgeous dress!
Classy….and relatively inexpensive!
The birthday girl put together a memory poster for each of her 15 years….they hung on the columns around the room….
These flags give a nod to the heritage of the birthday girl!
It was so much fun to help make this fun evening a success!
Add the great food and wonderful friends….and it really was memorable.
Just a funny little aside…. These photos are of the arrangements from the cake table….
2 WEEKS after the party!