La Quinceanera Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed La Quinceanera event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


La Quinceanera is a Spanish tradition to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday, and music is always a focal point. Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. The girl of honor tends to wear a dress that some people compare to as a colored wedding dress. The party supplies are elaborate to celebrate this special occasion. Like most events of this caliber there is a meal followed by dancing.

There is a traditional father and daughter dance to start the dancing. Everything I Do by Bryan Adams and Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion are some great choices. If the father has a special song that is dear to his heart that he wants to dance with his little girl to, then that is the song that should be chosen. After the father and daughter dance is completed, the rest of the music should be a mixture of Spanish Songs and contemporary American songs.

Camila, Axle, Belinda, Julio Inglesies, and Kudia all have great Spanish songs that would be perfect at a La Quinceanera. They are very popular in Spanish culture and are sure to be a hit with the Spanish music lovers.

Britney Spears, James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, and Hillary Duff songs make great American contemporary songs. The mixture of Spanish and American songs shows the heritage of the family, and is sure to please the guest of honor. Quick thought: Put the favors into cellophane bags to keep them all together and so as soon as possible. Never underestimate the power of a clear glass bowl; fill it with flowers, or glass marbles, or seashells, or candy or chips, or make it a dish garden centerpiece or put holiday ornaments in it. A mixture of games both physical and mental will be welcomed by many guests when given the choice.

Making homemade party supplies for your La Quinceanera party is not as difficult as it sounds. Celebrating a special event with outstanding event adornments, designs and materials are always a great addition to a festive celebration and fun designs that are perfect for guests of all ages will boost up the event and make the guests feel very special. More often than not, these colorful embellishments will add an excessive amount of attention to the celebration.Homemade party supplies such as piñatas, tambourines, candles and banners will make your party very special and create a lot of fun for your guests. First of all, home made party supplies for your La Quinceanera party can become keepsakes for years to come.

Homemade party supplies such as, a La Quinceanera piñata can be handmade and festively decorated for this occasion. Creating a homemade piñata is not as difficult as it sounds and often this piñata will receive a great review. Most often piñatas need to be designed and prepared before the actual La Quinceanera party. First of all, blow up a large balloon and then cover it with assorted colors of paper mache using a flour glue mix of water and flour. Add pieces of the colored paper or newspaper to the balloon using the flour glue (which is made by mixing flour and water). After it has hardened, use a stick pin and burst the balloon. At this point, the piñata can be decorated with a variety of designs. After coloring it with crayons and markers a small hole needs to be cut in the back of the piñata in order for treasures and treats to be placed on the inside. Finally, replace the hole by using glue and your homemade La Quinceanera piñata has been created.


The La Quinceanera party is a special time for a young Spanish girl and a special tiered cake with dainty decorations is perfect for this celebration. Great tasting delicous desserts and other tasty finger type treats are always a great addition to a special celebration. These extraordinary tasty desserts along with other treats that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. A La Quinceanera party is held for Spanish girls when they turn 15. Sometimes the cake is decorated to match the clothing that is being worn by the birthday girl and other times the cake is decorated exclusively for the party. These La Quinceanera party cakes are very large and designed to feed many guests. A three to five tiered cake is the norm for this occasion.

Making a tiered cake is a lot of fun. Many times if the cake is five layers, the first layer is chocolate, the second tier is a white cake, the third tier is strawberry, the fourth layer is white and the final tier is sometimes, Italian Cream cake. For many people, a tiered cake adds a great deal of excitement to the party’s theme and gives party supplies, such as balloons, party streamers and tableware a fresh approach.

Many people compare one cake to another, but a La Quinceanera three tiered birthday cake is very special. Therefore, having a special cake decorated exclusively for a La Quinceanera party will make turning 15 very special.

La Quinceanera is also known as Mis Quince in many areas. This celebration marks the fifteenth birthday of a young Hispanic woman. Much like a mix between the Bat Mitzvah and a Sweet 16th celebration, this can be a very big event. Families are known to save up money long before the fifteenth birthday in order to make this the most lavish celebration ever. Lavish it can be, too. Most parents will find it very beneficial to plan the event in advance. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration. The Quinceanera can involve live bands, limousines, flowers, catered food, and lots of gifts. Its traditional for the young woman celebrating her fifteenth to pick out a very elegant ball gown dress for the occasion. She’ll also carry a bouquet of flowers. The friends and family members will also dress up for the quinceanera, but the birthday girl can’t be outshined by anyone.

La Quinceanera comes from the Spanish for the fifteenth birthday, and as mentioned before its commonly celebrated in Hispanic cultures in places like Mexico and South America. It’s also a spiritual celebration for everyone involved with the party. A church service is held before the party where the pastor speaks about the importance of the Quinceanera tradition. The young woman speaks about her hopes and dreams for the future and her parents speak about their happiness for her and what she brought into their lives.

Of course after all this heartfelt, teary eyed honesty, its time to party. In old tradition the entire group follows the party girl through the town in parade formation to where the party takes place. Now, though its more likely to be a parade of cars. At the party the fifteen year old will have her traditional ‘first’ coed dance with a boy, signaling that she is growing up. Then others join her on the dance floor for some fun and possibly to earn some dance floor prizes.

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La Quinceanera History, Facts and Educational Resources

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Throughout the history of the Mexican culture, La Quinceanera celebrations have marked the transition of young girls from children to adults. The celebration is held on are near the 15th birthday. It marks the young woman as having reached maturity and eligibility for marriage. The celebration is immense and is steeped in traditions. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration.

The Misa de accion de gracias or thanksgiving mass is one of the most crucial parts of the celebration according to Mexican history. This occurs in church and is elaborate and powerful as a wedding ceremony. The young girl is elaborately dressed in a formal gown and head wear. She is positioned at the foot of the church altar through the service. She is customarily accompanied by parent, grandparents and maids of honor.

Many girls celebrated throughout history with a trip to the continent. Elaborate trips to France, England, or even more exotic countries were once the order of the day. Now they usually opt for a massive party. Most families choose to rent a banquet hall due to the number of guests expected to attend. Friends and family will sometime sponsor parts of the event. This means they pay for the part they sponsor. This practice helps the family handle the financial aspects of the celebration.

The history of the celebration is unclear. Some date it back to Aztec times, when a young maiden was acknowledged as having passed into womanhood. Today decorations and confections are lavish. The young woman will remember her La Quinceanera the remainder of her life. Organization regardless of size will help ensure the day is less stressful for the hostess and more entertaining. Not everyone is a social butterfly so plan on games and activities at a gathering that let even the shy guests participate; like quizzes. Organization regardless of size will help ensure the day is less stressful for the hostess and more entertaining. The history of La Quinceanera has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for La Quinceanera to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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