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Quinceañera Party Ideas

The Quinceañera, Quinceañero, or Quince años ("fifteen years" in English) is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl’s fifteenth birthday. The term Quinceaños refers to the birthday of the celebrant, and the term Quinceañera refers to the celebrant herself. Many families are beginning to merge their Hispanic and American heritages by having a Sweet 16 celebration with the complete quinceanera traditions, including the religious ceremony, reception, etc. Certainly the American Sweet 16 celebration reflects many of the quincenera traditions and values.  The celebration has strong religious meaning but is often followed by a dance or party. Below are some quinceanera party ideas to help you plan your special day!

quinceanera themes

Your pick for a quinceanera party theme should reflect the personality of the celebrant. We have written two unique parties to help with planning that are full of  quinceanera party ideas!

You can also use our Sweet 16 party themes while incorporating Quinceanera traditions.


quinceanera invitations

Once you have your theme, pick a fun invitation. You can buy invitations that match your theme or personalize your quinceanera party invitation.  Remember that are Sweet 16 invitations can be reworded to perfectly match your quinceanera celebration. Another option is to pick up one at a local store or make your own!
the location
Like many of the decisions you make this will be driven by your budget. Renting a hall and having a catered affair will provide an elaborate, and expensive, celebration. You can also have fun in your own home and a much lower cost (and probably much more work). There is no right or wrong way but this is the first important decision you will make. 

quinceanera decorating tips

We think a quinceanera party deserves the personal touch. There are plenty of options including life size cutouts, custom banners or signs, or water bottle labels there are many options to give your party a very special look. Your party supplies should go with the theme and quinceanera party ideas you have selected.


the menu – quinceanera party food

The menu should include the guest of honor's favorite foods. Serving food buffet-style cuts costs. Also offer a selection of easy-to-handle finger foods, which make it easy for guests to mingle and dance.


Don’t forget the cake! A spectacular cake will be as festive as the event. Embellish the cake with a fancy topper such as a Quinceañera figurine or tiara.

quinceanera party games
Check out our Sweet 16 Party Games page for some quinceanera party ideas.

quinceanera party favors 
All guests should go home with a remembrance of the celebration. Party favors should feature the guest of honor. You can make it simple and go with a wrapped candy bar or a personalized CD. Or take the time to frame a picture or create a photo album. We make specific suggestions for party favors with each theme.

fun fact
The history of Quinceanera dates back to the Aztecs around 500 B.C.