A Parisian Quinceanera
Are you obsessed with everything Paris? Or maybe you have always wanted to visit the City of Light? Turn your quinceanera into an elegant Paris themed extravaganza and create the atmosphere of this amazing city for your party!
Create a Paris quinceanera theme
Venue: An elegant venue such as a ballroom would suit this theme well, but this theme could be executed anywhere with the proper touches. If you have a less fancy or an outdoor venue, go with a french countryside take on your Paris theme.
Color Scheme: For your quince colors, you can go with a bold pink, black and silver scheme. For an even more elegant look, you can go with understated colors like cream, peach, light pink and nude.
Invitations: Invite your guests to an evening in “The City of Light” with Paris themed invitations. Search for invitations that have the Eiffel Tower, damask print, the word Paris, or a French saying such as “Ooh La La”.
The Dress: Your dress selection is extremely important with this theme, because Parisian women are world famous for their amazing style. French style is elegant and timeless–and a very flamboyant dress would not match well with this theme. Some ideas to consider: a floral dress, a dress with lace, or a black dress–and use your accessories for a pop of color.
Quince Court: The chambelones would look great in a dress shirt with sleeves rolled up, a nice vest and slacks. For the damas, a short lace cap sleeve dress would be stunning. Check out my examples for both looks on our Paris Quinceanera Theme Pinterest board~
Decorations: Some words associated with Paris: cafe, Eiffel Tower, baguettes, candle, fashion, fresh flowers, art, desserts, damask print, vintage, poodle, mirror, doily, lace, umbrella, wrought iron, light, suitcase, black and white stripes. You can use this list, and other Paris keywords that you brainstorm, to develop a decoration plan for your party. Consider a print tablecloth or runner to dress up your tables, in a print such as damask or actual lace. You can go simple or elaborate, large decorations or small special touches.
Entertainment: Have jazz music playing as your guests are arriving at your party venue. Also, having someone available to serenade your guests would be a nice touch, especially if an accordian is involved. If you have a live band like a mariachi band, have them go from table to table to serenade your guests–or ask that one member travel around the room.
Food: One direction you could take this is serve food that starts with “french”: french bread, french fries, french onion soup. Add something classic such as roasted chicken, or Boeuf Bourguignon, beef in a rich red wine sauce. Serve a cucumber salad, a fresh green salad, or french green beans. If you are going with traditional quinceanera food, you could still set up a station with one “french” element, such as a french fry station or french bread and butter.
Cake Ideas: One option is to skip the traditional quince cake for a macaron tower. Macarons, meringue based cookies with various fillings (such as buttercream or ganache), are a classic french treat and a macaron tower would be a sweet addition to your Parisian theme. If you go with a cake, match it to your colors, incorporate fresh flowers, print, lace or whichever Parisian element you like.
Party Favors: Send your guests home with a chocolate or macaron. Another idea is to place a large metal bucket with individual fresh flowers near the door–such as roses–and invite your guests to take one on their way out.
Special Touches: Add a cheese and sparkling grape juice table. Trader Joe’s is a great source for a variety of cheeses; Costco also has a good selection, although not as large as the selection at Trader Joe’s. Set up a photo booth with an Eiffel Tower in the background, and pretty umbrellas to hold. Tip: Craft stores such as Hobby Lobby have Eiffel Tower replicas, and you can usually find a 40% off coupon online.
Your guests will be delighted to spend “A night in Paris”. What elements will you add to make your Paris themed quinceanera the best? Is there another city you are going to use for your quince theme?
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