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Believe it or not, a lot of planning goes into a huge party like a Quinceanera - it’s a complicated process and if you aren’t prepared you can easily get overwhelmed.

Sandy Hines of Jersey Street Furniture Rental of Clifton, NJ, an event décor production company, says “It’s important to clearly define your goals to make your Quinceanera Spectacular.”

Sandy gives the following tips to plan a great party, while still staying sane and keeping on budget.
-Set an event budget. Do you have $10,000 to spend or $250,000? Parties can get expensive, so make sure you and your parents sit down to come up with a reasonable budget. Don’t forget, a Quinceanera only comes around once in your lifetime, so you want it to be special, but at the same time, it’s only one night and it won’t kill you to forgo the horse & carriage for a more budget friendly option!
-Limit your guest list. By having a cut-off for your headcount you will ensure that you don’t go over budget. Do you really need to invite your father’s cousin twice removed? Make sure you go over the list with your parents, and remember, this is a day that you want to remember for a long time, so make sure your close friends and family are all there to party!
-Pick Your Venue. Venue’s should be picked based on the following criteria:
Price- what falls inside of your budget?
Size-what falls inside your budget and will fit the amount of people that you expect to attend?
Location- Quinceanera venues should be held from 1-15 miles from a birthday girl/boys hometown. This will ensure that all guests can arrive quickly and safely and parents can avoid traveling 30 minutes or more to the event.
-Pick an event theme. “Molding a party around one, central theme will make color choices and décor a lot easier to choose” says Sandy . Some fun and popular themes to think about: Mardi Gras, Pretty In Pink, Slumber Party, 90’s, Black & White, Rock ‘N Roll, Candy Land
-Pick your food. Avoid costly sit-down dinners for a Sweet 16 and stick to hot stations that have teen-friendly foods like mini hamburgers, pigs in a blanket, French fries or even cotton candy machines! Get creative and stick with food that adheres to your event theme (If you have a Mardi Gras theme, you may want to use carnival-type food, or Louisiana-Inspired menu items)
-Pick your Extras: Once you pick your theme, it will be easy to pick color scheme, floral arrangements, etc. Get creative! If you have a “Candy Land” theme, choose “sweet” looking flowers like xxx and xxx and accent centerpiece vases with jumbo lollipops!
-Pick Your Perfect Dress. A lot goes into finding the perfect dress and sometimes it can be overwhelming. “Start by giving yourself a budget,” says Stacy Novich, owner of Complements Two, a clothing boutique in Livingston , NJ . “If you walk into a store and tell the salesperson you need a dress for XYZ occasion and have a budget of $150, they will be able to find you some great items within that budget.”
-Relax. When the big night comes, don’t be overwhelmed. Just relax and enjoy this special night. Dance and have fun with your friends and family, and take lots of photos- they are worth 1,000 memories.

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