If you are planning your quinceañera on a budget, cut costs by making your own decorations. With these simple and inexpensive ideas, you can start by making your own centerpieces for the tables. You'll find the needed supplies at most dollars stores across the country.
For the first four arrangements, buy glass bowls in various shapes and sizes from the dollar store.
Fill the bowls halfway with clear water and add floating tea light candles, also from the dollar store. You can color the water with artificial coloring to match your theme.
Fill the bowls halfway with clear water and add roses, carnations, or daisies to float in them.
Fill the bowls halfway with sand and place tea lights on the sand. Add other accessories to highlight a theme, like seashells or river stones.
If you have a lemon or orange tree in your backyard, USE IT, GIRL! Fill the bowls with lemons or oranges and work the theme around that, especially if you're having a summer quinceañera.
I also like these three arrangements, using other supplies from the dollar store.
Put a group of candles of varying heights in the center of each table. You can sprinkle the table with confetti or silk rose petals.
Get tall, plain velones or veladoras without any printing on it (they're like the candles we light for the saints). Use your computer to change a color photograph to sepia (brownish-white) and paste it around the candle. You can touch up the picture with sparkles on the jewelry or add color to the lips. Then, get a ring of silk flowers in your color to put around the candle. See the photo to the right for an example.
Buy picture frames. Make copies of your favorite prints at the store or from your own printer and put them in the frames. Place them in the middle of each table. You could have 15 tables each displaying photos from a different year of your life.
Whether you are having your quinceañera in your own backyard or at a fancy hall, please share your ideas for money-saving centerpieces with us!Leer en español
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