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Saving Tips for a Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera Party

June 13, 2010

Everybody is talking about the economy, it’s in the radio, on the news, everywhere…

But your son or daughter is hooked on the ipod choosing which songs are going to be played at his/her party.

Sweet sixteen and Quinceañera’s can cost a lot, here are some tips to get creative and cut on costs.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget and discuss it with your son or daughter.

To stay on a budget you must have a budget right?  It sounds silly but it still amazes me how many clients still come to us without a clear budget.

Following is a list of things you must think about while creating a budget and cutback tips for each.

Prepare to enjoy the best Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera Party.

HEAD COUNT.

Hmmmm this is one of the most difficult decisions but it must be made. Who are you inviting and how many are they?

Cutback tip: Make up your mind early on and have all the interested parties: other half, birthday boy or girl be on agreement.

MUSIC

DJ’s  and live bands can be downright expensive!

Cutback tip: Use a DJ. Still too expensive? Ask a family member to volunteer as a DJ and use your ipod with speakers. Remember music will set the mood, you can choose ahead of time what to play while cutting down expenses.

THE RECEPTION HALL

Reception Halls can be expensive. It really depends on how many people you need to accommodate at the party. Make sure you have enough tables and chairs and that they fit perfectly in the space, you don’t want the place to look cramped.

Cutback tip:

You might also want to consider having the party at your house or at a dear friend’s place.

SWEET SIXTEEN/QUINCEAÑERA CAKE

For some people this is the best tradition and will not cut out on this part.

Cutback Tip: Have some close relative or friend bake you the cake or ask them if they can be the padrino/madrina and give you the cake as a gift for your quinceañera.

TRANSPORTATION/LIMO SERVICE

Cutback Tip: If you must have a limo, go with the standard stretch limo, the Hummer is a little more pricey. Get quotes and compare.

Another option is to have a transportation padrino/madrina. Ask a friend or family member with a nice SUV and have them transport you and your guests.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Unless you have a photographer in your family, do not designate this to any casual friends. Don’t get us wrong, family pictures are nice but a professional video and photographs are memories that will last forever. So our suggestion: Do not cut on this.

DECORATION

Decorations are time consuming and it is better to hire a professional than to do it  yourself.

Cutback Tip: Designate very creative friends to help out. The day of your child party, you want to be relaxed and not rushing so designated trust worthy friends are your best option if you can not pay for professionals.

We wish you the Best time ever for you and your teens at their Party!!!

For more ideas and a free consultation, contact us at:

www.hippojoy.com

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Quinceañera’s Princess Day

May 5, 2010

Remember this castle? Remember the feelings you experienced when you first saw it?

That huge sigh that come to children when they experience their Magical dream come true.

If ever since you were a little girl you have been dreaming of being a Princess for one day.  This might be the perfect theme for you.

Watch this video to see how many lights took to set up the Castle in the park……. A lot!!!!!

200,000 lights!!  Yes, that many lights!

This is what makes it so magical. If you are considering this theme for your Quinceañera, theatrical lighting is a must!  The light effects is what sets the mood to the party. You can add a very special effect with candles and a variety of  flowers on the Centerpieces or on hanging ornaments and arches. Soft fabrics and a tent effect will also give it a special touch.

We are not too fond of working with balloons for this theme, but if you absolutely love them, recreate arches and add Christmas-like net lights to create a more dramatic effect.

Recreate your entrance on a Magical Carriage or have one staged near the cake. You can also project your favorite childhood memories with your parents or friends and have this projection at a Stage Castle.

Your cake can be in the form of a Cinderella style Carriage or a castle.  You can also recreate your favorite scene from a Princess Movie like a magical garden with enchanted trees or a flower trapeze. Another favorite is a Far east castle with genies and magical carpets.

If you love the Princess idea, but have a more contemporary taste, have stars dancing around on the dance floor and concentrate on the Centerpieces for the wanted effect; this can be a combination of high candelabras or vases and low for some tables. The table cloth must have a dreamy cover with big decorated laces on the chairs.

Remember the color of your dress can also set the tone with the decor.

Music will also be important. Choose the tunes you want to be played by the band or DJ and give your planner the list so she can coordinate ahead of time. Mention your favorite flowers, colors and show her your dress choice.

Your party must entertain and be fun to your guests but most importantly, it will display your taste and personality and you must have fun before, while planning the details, during when you and your family and friends enjoy it and after, when you review the pictures.

Good photography and video is a must and it is better done by professionals.

For more Princess ideas and fun contact us www.hippojoy.com