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How to Throw a Hollywood-Themed Quinceañera

Make your guests feel like movie stars at your quinceañera!

By Arlene Angard

photo by: Andrey Pustovoy

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  • The Room: Transform your space into a dressing room, with big lamps, full-length mirrors, chairs, wigs, feather boas, etc. In a private corner or room somewhere nearby, set up a real dressing room, where guests can change into costumes from various time periods. In another corner, set up a studio for a professional photographer to take glamorous and funny photos. Don’t forget the chairs for the “Director” and “Star.” Big white cushions also help to bring out the glamour in the decorations, along with large cream-colored furnishings.
  • The Music: In the background, play Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics. With her signature red lips, vintage vibes, and jazzy voice, she brings old-time Hollywood glamour to the 21st Century.
  • The Menu: You can do a buffet. Identify each dish by writing its name on a clap board (what directors use to yell CUT!). For desserts, almost anything will work, from handing out ice cream to having a table with chocolates and other candies.
  • Activities: Write your own screenplay or get a copy of the script to your favorite musical. In the weeks leading up to your quince, rehearse and video record a scene. Ask members of your court to be the producers, actors, prop handlers, cameramen, etc.
  • Favors: Give guests a DVD of your short film or musical act (including behind-the-scenes bloopers), in a specially decorated case. You can also give personalized boxes of chocolates or gift certificates to the movie theatre or video rental store.
  • Arlene Angard, a native of Venezuela, is a quinceañera and wedding planner in New York City. See photos from her events and contact her on chicweddings.net.

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