There are birthday parties, and then there are BIRTHDAY PARTIES.
The Quinceanera is an event with full length gowns, flowers, escorts and symbolic gestures steeped in tradition
all to mark the passage from childhood to becoming a young woman.
The quinceañera is celebrated on a grand scale, so it is customary for the extended family and good family friends to make contributions, with money or help in providing the things that are necessary for the party. My friend said it took about a year to plan and that friends and family members divided up the responsibilities.
The gown was a gift from the honoree’s favorite aunt-a vision of pink created by a famous designer in Mexico. The party was held at the Mall of America ballroom and about 300 guests were invited to the catered dinner and dance.
5 close girlfriends served as damas-5 male friends as chambelanes and represented the Court of Honor, who led the processional into the hall -and then the Princess for the Day made her appearance! The Court of Honor danced to some of the birthday girl’s favorite tunes and followed by a specially choreographed number created by her sissy! A father/daughter dance was one of the highlights of the evening.
A “last doll” was presented by a close family friend and her flat shoes were exchanged for her first pair of heels.
I think these are such lovely traditions-and appreciate the Latino tradition of surrounding a 15 year old girl with love as she enters the somewhat treacherous waters of adulthood-with the last doll and first pair of heels bookending the event and symbolically her transition from child to young woman.
I appreciate my friend and her enthusiastically sharing her sissy’s Quinceanera-as for her? She felt she was too much a tomboy for all the whole vision in pink and opted for a trip instead. I LOVED that part of the story!!