How to Organize a Quinceañera Party?
Discuss the idea of making a ‘Quinceañera’ with your parents or guardians.
You will need their approval and possibly a budget for the organization. The idea is to start planning your party for six months to 1 year, having enough time to guarantee that everything well organized. Discuss dress prices, etc.
Choose the date of the party.
The best thing is that your party is close to your birthday; however, it can be interesting to avoid times like the end of the year parties or school holidays, when the tendency is that a good part of your friends will not be able to attend. If your birthday is going to fall on a weekday, you can plan for the previous or later Saturday. The usual thing is to celebrate this party on a Saturday.
Choose a place to host the party.
Club rooms and events are the most common options (such as those used for weddings, large birthday celebrations, etc.). Research the rental price of the venue and how many people the room can hold. Your parents will be able to help you with this. Before the party in the hall, it is also traditional to organize a ceremony in a church. It is customary but optional.
Set the start and end time of your Quinceañera.
It can be challenging to set this schedule since a good party always takes time to end. Many Quinceañeras do not have a set time to finish, and their duration ends depending on several factors. Some points that influence the time are the duration of the ceremony in the church, what time most people start to arrive and leave the party, what time the cake cut, etc. Remember all this when deciding the time and date of your party!
Consider choosing 14 or fewer couples and your companion for Quinceañera.
The escort will be a boy with this literal function, accompanying the birthday girl throughout the night. In a Quinceañera, 14 couples traditionally formed with the best male and female friends of the birthday girl, who will offer several dances for her during the party and, usually, a surprise dance. If you have trouble finding or choosing 14 friends, you can also select cousins and other relatives, make only seven couples instead of 14, or just pairs of girlfriends.
The party is yours, and you should be very comfortable making any adjustments you want. When choosing couples, remember to confirm that the parents of each friend agreed. That these guests will not have other commitments on that date, that they will be able to attend all (or most) of the rehearsals, and that they are aware that they will have to bear the cost of clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.
The most important thing is that they are trusted friends who will not steal your focus on that night. It is also customary to offer each person who formed these couples a small gift as a thank you for having been part of their party. If you want, you can also define the ‘Ladies,’ who are girls of your choice to help you with the accompaniment and the surprise dance.
Choreography is also vital for the chosen couples.
It is a tradition that there are 2 or 3 dances with the 14 couples. Start practicing at least two months before the party date. You can consider hiring someone from a local dance company to help you learn and practice your movements for at least the first 4 or 6 weeks of rehearsal. After this period, you and your 14 couples should be able to practice alone. It is also common to have a dance between the father and the birthday daughter. If your father is not present, you can perform this dance with your grandfather, godfather, uncle, or the essential adult male figure in your life. If there is no one with whom you want to perform this dance, feel free to skip this moment.
Hire a photographer!
It will be worth it. You know that that old camera in the family will not produce the best photos and that your mother will be busy taking a picture of you with every person who comes.
Think about the clothes of the 14 couples and yours, as a birthday girl.
The ideal is to write down everyone’s measurements. Depending on where you live, the birthday girl’s dress may have to be ordered up to 6 months in advance, so that there is enough time for the making, delivery, and any necessary adjustments.
Also, remember to pay attention to the reply and thank you cards.
Depending on where you are buying (or if you are preparing them), it is a good idea to buy all letter or invitation papers from the same supplier at the same time. The invitations can be traditional or modern. As long as they provide necessary information about ‘who, what, when, where, and why.’ Other frequent ideas are to include an evening program, the names of the 14 couples, and people who helped him financially with this party (such as godparents, uncles, etc.), as well as a poem or prayer possibly dedicated to a loved one who has passed away. Currently, the invitations consist of a photo of the birthday girl (sometimes already in her Fifteen-year-old dress). The making of the
Take care of the decoration and music.
If your idea is to have a themed fifteen-year-old party, like a masquerade ball or a period party, then all the honor should follow that idea.
Even if your party does not have a specific theme, it is essential to take care that the decoration matches the guests’ dress and attire. The decorations can be quite simple, focused on the central table, elaborate, extravagant with balloons, flags, and everything else. The soundtrack must choose according to your taste. However, that offensive or vulgar music was selected by you will be your responsibility. Try to think of the children and the elderly who may be present and imagine their reaction to listening to the songs you have chosen. If possible, you can hire a DJ to control the music, announce your entry to the party, etc.
•Smile and have fun! Remember, the party is yours. So it is better to produce good memories!
•Try to prevent your parents from paying for everything. If you have close relatives who can and are willing to help, ask them for a few things that can make your party even better.
•If money is an issue, you can start saving 1 or 2 years in advance to make things easier.
•Do things the way you like. The day is yours.
•Do not forget to think about your transport and your companion of honor for mass and party.
•Try to start planning at least a year. It will avoid a lot of pressure and stress.
•To save money, you can try to decorate yourself and ask your friends for help. Souvenirs can also be made and need not be expensive.
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