Humans have been creating rituals surrounding the passage of children into adulthood since civilization began. The Aztec and Maya, for example, celebrated with baptismal-like ceremonies for both boys and girls as they entered puberty.
In fact, some believe this is where the modern quinceañera originated, along with the older Roman Catholic customs that colonizers brought from Spain.
Therefore, it’s not only important to the birthday girl; it’s also an important part of her culture. So to ensure it’s something she’ll always remember, here are some ideas to plan an unforgettable quinceañera.
Traditions or not?
The quinceañera usually includes a special Mass service, followed by a reception or party in which the guest of honor is accompanied by her “court” of damas, or maids of honor, and chambelanes, or attendants.
There is often a symbolic waltz, the placement of high-heeled shoes on her feet to symbolize her passage into adulthood, and the presentation of a doll to a younger sister, symbolizing the childhood she’s leaving behind.
These days, some girls and their families are opting out of these traditional rituals in favor of just the party. Whichever way you decide to go, be sure the rest of family and friends are aware of your plans and how they are expected to dress for the occasion.
Of course, whatever theme you choose should reflect the interests and style of the birthday girl. Then be sure the music, decorations, invitations, and outfits all match whatever theme you choose.
Here are some possibilities to get you thinking:
- Harry Potter
- Under the sea
- Enchanted forest
- Great Gatsby
- Alice in Wonderland
- Masquerade ball
- Spanish court
- Fairy tale
- Evening in Paris
Your location and theme will impact which venue you choose, but it should be something creative, unique and Instagrammable, like the Historic Alfred I. duPont Building in downtown Miami. It’s elegant interior and hand-painted ceilings will provide a dramatic, history-steeped background to plan any quinceañera around.