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August 11, 2009 at 11:35 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Here's what you should know before you select your damita, for the tradition of having a flower girl in your quinceañera court.

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July 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

My sister, a famous cake baker in the DR, shares her ideas for decorating a white quinceañera cake and her own cake recipe.

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March 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Read my words of wisdom today, and you won't sweat the small stuff leading up to your big day!

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March 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

If you're on a tight budget and about to turn 15, why not consider having a sleepover quinceañera at home? Here are ways to make the theme fun.

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February 24, 2009 at 11:05 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

I love red as a quince color, because it symbolizes great things. Read on to find out what it means!

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February 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Here's how you could plan an elegant Victorian-themed quinceañera. It's a luxurious look but you can get it for less with my tips.

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February 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Regardless of the recession, the quinceañera seems to be too important for the Latin family to include in the crunch. Here are more ways to economy-proof your quince.

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January 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

I look to these beautiful Latinas for ideas on how to get glam for quince — see whose face and features match yours and copy their look!

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January 20, 2009 at 6:06 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

What is the best gift to give a quinceañera? I'll tell you ... it's not what you might guess!

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January 13, 2009 at 6:06 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments
What do fragrance types (like floral, oriental, fresh, and woody) really mean? What's best for quince? Here are my faves! read more enter
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January 5, 2009 at 6:06 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Can you imagine if you won a free quinceañera? This girl did! Here's how.

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December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

Did you ever consider having a Christmas quinceañera? It's not traditional, but it's actually a great money-saver. Here are my festive ideas.

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September 7, 2008 at 12:00 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments

When planning an outdoor quince, you take a chance on the weather. But I think it's worth it! (Have a plan B in case of rain, of course.) Before I go into the fun of planning a quince at a beach or in your backyard, we have to go over the practical stuff. There are five things I always tell quince girls to remember if they're planning an outdoor party:

1. Alert your guests if they have to walk on grass or rough terrain. You want to make sure the women aren't wearing high heels if that's the case!

2. Think of the elderly relatives. They can't sit out in the sun or heat for too long, so make sure there are shady spots or indoor places they can rest.

3. Beware of bugs. To keep them away, set up citronella candles or bug-repellent lanterns (the company OFF! makes them).this is a great location for a beach quinceanera

4. Make sure there is appropriate room and electrical outlets for DJs and bands to set up outside.

5. Ask the local authorities about noise restrictions or about any permits that might be required if you're in a public place like a park. It would be a bummer to get a fine!

If you're having your quince at the beach...

I can't resist a beach-themed quince that's actually at the beach! Although a beach is an unusual place for a quinceañera, it's really easy to put together and it can be inexpensive because it's so casual. Of course, just because the mood is casual doesn't mean you can't dress up like a princess. There's nothing like running around in the sand all dressed up. After all, it is YOUR day.

If you start the party in early afternoon and carry through the night, you'll have the benefit of the sunset — SO HOT! You can do a barbecue and eat in front of a bonfire, not to mention dance in the sand. It's so much fun. Keep it simple: Serve hot dogs and hamburgers, cool tropical drinks, salads with cucumber, and pineapples. You can set it up like a buffet and create a "gazebo" (a tiny roof supported by two or four columns) for the cake, so it won't melt in the sun.

To get more ideas for decorating and planning a beach-themed quince, check out MisQuinceMag.com's guide here. You can also take this quiz to see if a beach-themed quince fits your personality.

Click READ MORE to see my tips for having a quince in the backyard.

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September 1, 2008 at 2:02 PM by Isabella Wall | Comments

she's perfectly dressed for a masquerade quince!The great thing about masquerade balls is that you can plan them for any season. They can be wild, casual, or formal. The only requirement is that you and your guests wear masks! For the sake of this conversation, let's make it formal, elegant, and romantic, like Phantom of the Opera! If you don't know it, this is a very famous musical that has a masquerade ball scene.

For this theme, think Venice in the 19th century. First, pick the colors purple, green, and gold, or any related shades, like burgundy, royal blue, and mustard. On your invitation, ask everyone to wear dressy outfits in those colors. (The guys can wear black slacks with a shirt or tie in any of those colors.) Challenge the guests to bring a unique mask. Give a prize for the best decorated one! So everyone can get in the spirit, be sure to provide fun accessories like masks, hats, feathers, feather boas, gloves, capes, and canes. You can pick these up from a party store.

You want to have bright lights at the entrance of your party, maybe even a spotlight to feature some of the outfits. Inside lights should be dim. Decorate the area with masks, white holiday lights, and candles everywhere. Put candelabra on the tables and thick drapes on the windows.

The presentation dances can be classical songs from Phantom of the Opera (click READ MORE to see a suggested playlist). The party can be divided in two parts. The first half of the night can be formal. Play mellow music for the first couple of hours during the dinner, like instrumentals on a cello, harp, or violin. The second half can be lively, more casual, and fun.

If you have a photo of yourself at a masquerade ball, send it to me! I may post it on my blog.

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August 25, 2008 at 10:58 AM by Isabella Wall | Comments
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You may have already read MisQuinceMag.com's tips for shopping for unforgettable invitations here. Or maybe you saw my earlier blog post about how to word your quinceañera invitations. Many girls still had questions for me about ordering and sending their invitations, so here I am with the answers!

1. Should the invitation be in Spanish, English, or both?

The invitation should be in the language of the country where the party is taking place. So, most quinceañera invitations you see in the U.S. will be in English. However, if you have relatives who don't understand English very well, it's nice to write translations for them.

2. Is it cool to do electronic invitations to save paper and postage, or does that leave a bad impression?

A quinceañera is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so put the effort into printed invitations. If you want to save money, you can print your invitations from a home computer.

3. When should I order my invitations?

I recommend ordering them about four to six months before your party, or as soon as you know your date, time, and location. Don't forget to order 20 to 30 extra invitations in case some get messed up in the addressing process or for last-minute guests. You'll also want to save a couple for your keepsake album. It's cheaper to order in bulk, rather than having to reorder a few invitations later.

4. What do I write inside the invitation?

Check out this earlier blog post I wrote, where I give you an example you can copy for your invitations.

5. Does the invitation come from me or my parents? What if my parents are separated?

I mentioned this in my last blog post about invitation wording. It should come from whoever is paying for the party. I have advice on dealing with those tricky family situations here.

I'm answering three more questions for you ... click READ MORE to see them!

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