(also known as a quince) is the celebration of a Spanish girl's fifteenth birthday. This Latin American tradition marks the transition of a young girl turning into a woman - similar to the tradition of the Bat Mitzvah, a Jewish tradition celebrating a young boy turning into a man.
A quince is somewhat similar to a sweet 16, though is sometimes more religious and involves somewhat ceremonial acts, or quinceanera traditions
. The Quinceanera wears a fancy ball gown, and is usually led in by her escort and Court of Honor - a group of people that are typically her close friends or family. The boys of the Court are dressed in suits or tuxedos, and the girls in gowns or dresses - usually similar, if not matching. It is common for the group to perform a choreographed dance revolving around the Quinceanera.
The birthday girl and her father both participate in the Changing of the Shoes at most Quinceaneras, where the father (or a close male relative) ceremoniously changes her shoes from flats to high heels - symbolizing her transformation to a young lady. If there is a Church ceremony, the Quinceanera may use a special kneeling pillow. There is almost always a toast in honor of the birthday girl, using champagne glasses. Finally, The Last Doll is sometimes a part of the ceremony, or just as a keepsake for the quinceanera. The doll represents the last item from the Quinceanera's childhood.
Little Things offers a large variety of Quinceanera decorations
for this large celebration, including tiaras, pillows, champagne flutes, guest books, scepters, cake toppers and much more. We also offer many sweet 15 favors
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