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How to Throw a Princess-Themed Quinceañera

Give the classic princess theme your own twist!

By Arlene Angard

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  • The Room: Decorate in pastel tones, but avoid using more than three colors. Beige with white and lavender, for example, makes a pretty combination. Each table should seat a maximum of eight guests. For a sensational effect, place some flowers in the middle of each table – be sure to include lots of roses! Decorate a corner of the room with extra candles, lights, and flowers for special photo opportunities.
  • The Music: As much as we love salsa, hip-hop, and merengue, a princess has to master the traditional waltz. When you choose your favorite waltz song, practice your steps! Your party planner can help you find a dance teacher or choreographer if you need to brush up on your moves. Don't forget to book a dance orchestra, singing group, or DJ.
  • The Food: Replace elaborate, tiered cakes with chocolate fountains! Using fondue-style skewers, you can dip a piece of fruit into the chocolate, or offer petits fours, small pastries, tartlets, or a selection of biscuits on a silver serving tray.
  • The Guest Book: Allow your guests to give their impression of your party in writing. Sure, once the party’s over, you'll pack the book away in a box, but just imagine when you stumble upon it 10 years from now! You will remember your quince again, laugh at the note written by the boy you had a crush on, and smile at your abuela’s wise words.
  • Accessories: You can go with a classic, Austrian-crystal tiara, or be adventurous with tiaras sporting feathers or pastel-colored stones. Be even more daring by swapping your high-heeled shoes for tennis shoes – decorate the rubber-soled platforms with glitter and gems from a craft store. You’ll be sparkling and comfortable at all times!
  • Favors: Stuff pretty bags (made of organza, silk, or another delicate fabric) with music CDs or a DVD featuring a photo slide show that you made on your computer. If you’re not good with technology, candles monogrammed with your initials never fail!
  • 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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