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Today's Quince Celebrations

Whether you call it a Quinceaños,
a Sweet Fifteen or a Sweet Sixteen,
today's celebration is a very special time.

For the family, it is a time to show off a beloved daughter to family and friends. It is a time to give thanks to God for that precious life. It is an opportunity for la familia to get together. And, just as important, it is a time to create a magnificent feast and a blast of a party.

From the quinceanera's point-of-view, it is a time to get her best friends together for an unforgettably good time. It is an opportunity to dress up in a beautiful gown and be the center of attention for a day. It is a time to share with mom and dad, favored aunts and madrinas, special moments in the planning and organizing of this very extraordinary day. It is a time that she will remember forever.

from The Quinceanera Planning Guide
published by Quinceanera-Boutique.com

Sweet Fifteen or Sweet Sixteen?

The celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday is a Hispanic tradition that is widely celebrated in the U.S. However, many families today are merging their Hispanic and American heritages by choosing to celebrate a Sweet Sixteen. For their Sweet 16 party, the families do the full-blown quinceanera customs - the religious ceremony, the reception, the tiara with the number 16, everything. We encourage families to select the customs that have special meaning to them and to add to the customs as they wish. That is what makes the celebration unique and very special.

Quinceanera Themes

Choosing a theme for the Quince or Sweet 16 can be a way to personalize the celebration. The theme choices are limited only by the girl's imagination! The theme may revolve around the girl's special interests, her dream fantasy or her unique style

Some popular motifs are: Stars, Butterflies, Fairies, Roses, Angels, and Snowflakes.

And, there are full-fledge themes that make the party a memorable experience for the guests, like:

Carnival/Mardi Gras, Phantom of the Opera

Arabian Nights/Aladdin, Under-the-Sea

Fairytale Princess/Cinderella, Precious Moments

Winter Wonderland, Garden Party, Safari, Luau

A Night in Paris, Music, Rock n Roll

Even though a Quince is a traditional celebration, customs change. There is no one right way to do this. Each girl is unique and her celebration is a way to showcase her uniqueness!

The Quinceanera Waltz (The Vals)

The highlight of the celebration is the beautiful custom of the Waltz. The quinceanera dances the first dance with her father or honored male family member, and the music is traditionally a waltz, although any song the family chooses will work. With favorite quinceanera songs such as De Niña a Mujerr (From Child to Woman) and La Ultima Muñca (The Last Doll), the father-daughter dance is a special moment in time.

The Quinceanera waltz can be followed by a specially crafted choreography that she and her Court of Honor perform. This can range from a simple line dance to a much-rehearsed production complete with props. Music ranges from traditional waltzes to hip-hop dance routines. It is a wonderful way to showcase the quinceanera and her Court, and provide fun entertainment for her guests.

Accessories for Sweet Fifteen and Sweet Sixteen

Specialized Quince, Sweet 15 and Sweet 16 gifts and accessories include invitations, dresses, tiaras, guest books, photo albums, champagne glasses, dolls, Bibles, decorations and much more. The variety and selection available facilitate the planning and production of the celebration and make the event even more memorable.

Celebrating a Quinceanera or Sweet Sixteen is a beautiful coming-of-age tradition. It has customarily highlighted the treasured values of the Latino culture - God, family and friends and the virtues of family and social responsibility. It is a time of contemplation for the young lady and her family, as they reflect on the amazing milestone of her 15th or 16th birthday, and the future that lies ahead. It is an enriching experience for the guests, a fun time for the young people and a day that she will treasure forever.

To read more about the Quinceanera tradition, see
Quince Tradition

To read about more Latino traditions, see
Hispanic Traditions

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