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To me, the biggest decorating challenge for a quince is decorating the tables. There’s usually a lot of tables, and you want something impressive, right? You probably have a budget you need to work within–added pressure! So this post is dedicated to giving you some tips and tricks for finding your quinceanera table decorations.
Quinceanera Table Decorations 101
Table decorating includes a few central elements. Table linens and centerpieces are must haves. There’s really no getting around this. Chair covers, chair sashes, fancy table runners–these are nice to have, IF you have the budget for extras.
Once you have these elements figured out, you can consider your place settings: napkins, glasses or cups, silverware (or plasticware!)
Tip 1: While you are hunting for venues, make sure to compare what they include with the venue rental. Most if not all venues include tables and linens. Some include seat covers or chair sashes as well. Or, maybe the location has nice chairs that really don’t need a cover. Some venues also have an inventory of items that can be used as centerpieces, such as candles, mirrors, vases, and/or artificial flowers. It is a great start if your venue has some pretty decorations, and you could always add on additional elements to your tables.
Table linen options
You can go with classic white table linens, colored linens or even something really elaborate like a sequined table linen. You can also mix and match. Two or even three colors–the colors for your quince theme would be an obvious choice. You could mix regular linens with a sequined linen here and there. Or go with all one color for linens, but use fancier linens at the head table and cake table.
Make sure that you are buying the proper-sized linens for your tables. The last thing you want is linens that are way too short!
Tip 2: If your venue doesn’t offer any extras, or if you are hosting an outdoor quince, compare renting versus buying. Buying can actually be cheaper than renting sometimes! And then after you use the items, you could resell them! It makes zero sense to rent if buying is a comparable price.
Overlays and table runners
Overlays and table runners are a nice addition to table linens.What kind of overlay you use would depend on what shape your tables are. A rectangular table would use a long, rectangle or oval shaped table runner. Round tables may use a square or circular overlay. Your event venue may be able to provide overlays or table runners. Sometimes they can do something extra to customize your look, at no extra charge–all you have to do is ask!
Tip #3: You could potentially make your own custom overlay or runner, with very basic measuring and sewing skills. This is especially appealing because you can pick out fabric that really complements your theme.
Seat covers, sashes and more
If you have it in your budget to decorate your seats, I say go for it! Seat covers and sashes add so much to your overall look. There are soo many ideas for chair covers and sashes on Pinterest. Sometimes a seat cover has a sash placed over it. A sash can also be used by itself.
Tip # 4: You could always use an elaborate chair cover for just your chair, or even for you and the rest of your court. This helps make your head table stand out even more!
Place settings and extras
Some basic things you want to consider for place settings: napkins, silverware or plasticware, glasses. Possibly plates, place mats, table numbers. If you have a venue that is full service, they will set the table for you, which is a great benefit.
I have to say when we did my daughter’s quince, the location made everything so nice, and it was included with the cost of the room. The venue was a banquet room at a Ramada. I could go on and on about how happy I was with the service and appearance of the table settings. We were on a super extreme tight budget, but our party looked great. Glasses, fancy cloth napkins, real silverware, mirror tile, vase with floating flower and rocks, favors at each place setting. The favors and the floating flower were all we provided. No, it was not the most elaborate set up of all time. But it was elegant, AND included in the cost of the food.
Ok, so back to the topic at hand! If you are renting a room that doesn’t include these items, or having an outdoor or backyard party, you will have to think about what you are putting on your tables. And even if your location does include items like silverware and so on, you may want to add on items if possible 🙂 You may also choose to place one quinceanera recuerdo at each place setting.
What are your must-haves for quinceanera table decorations? Look for a post coming soon with ideas for quinceanera centerpieces!
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