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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:

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Tips to enjoy the Best Party Ever!!!

May 12, 2010

Every job we do, we want our clients to enjoy. I mean really enjoy! A party is a reflection of your personality and taste. Every party is a celebration and every celebration should be a party!

When we work with mothers of Quinceañeras or Sweet Sixteen we often get their kids on board from the beginning so they have a clear vision of what is going to happen at their party and to enjoy every second of it.

Here are our Tips on how to have the Best Party Ever:

1.     HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND ENJOY!

Ever heard of the Positive Thoughts Theory? This is so true!  Positive thoughts attract positive things. You need to imagine yourself and your friends enjoying the party and having the time of your life; most likely, if you see it,  it will happen that way!

If you have positive and energetic vibe at the party and feel relaxed and enjoying every second you will transmit this vibrant energy. It is contagious!  Sure, you want your friends to enjoy it too, sure eyes will be on you when you perform your dance, but this is YOUR moment, so enjoy it no matter what!

2. DISCOVER YOUR PARTY THEME

If you recognize at an early stage, what your party theme is going to be, you will have a better chance of planning ahead of time. If you are not into themes, like princess or western, take into consideration that the inspiration idea for your party make come from the vibe you experienced at a favorite disco, your favorite color, your favorite food or even the dress you are planning to wear!  Not every party has a theme but it should have an inspiration.

With the theme, make a list of your likes and dislikes, what did you see at a friend’s party that you totally loved? What would you not want at your party? Answer this questions and discuss them with your mom or event planner at your first consultation.

Some key points to consider: dress/wear,  food preferences, serving style preference, color scheme preference…

3.  FOOD


Make sure your guests have a nice selection of food to choose from if you decide to go with a buffet style. One or two meats, chicken and/or fish, a vegetarian plate, two choices of salads and two sides. If you go with a sit down dinner and serving, carefully read the menu and ask the planner or venue to help you pick your choice. If dinner is at home and you are having a “friends only”  type of party you may serve a buffet style table with finger foods.

4.  MUSIC

Even if you choose a particular theme like Western Style, have other type of music to please all audiences. Two-five songs from the theme style will be sufficient and then you can go ahead and play everyone’s favorites. You can choose a mood song  when people are coming in and taking their places and then a climax song for when the party is at its high!

If you are going to have a live-band, mariachis or DJ , check them out first. If a friend is going to perform this task, practice ahead of time.

5. YOUR PERFORMANCE/DANCE


The key to having a great performance is practice and again our number one choice: ENJOY!!!    If you hire a professional, make sure you have a prior consultation to explain your likes or dislikes. If your friends are going to be involved in the dance, ask them ahead of time to make sure they don’t have prior engagements and they can make it to rehearsals on time. If one of them misses a step or makes a mistake on the big day and you notice, let it go, wash it off with a big smile or even interrupt your dance to give them a big hug. You don’t want to loose a  friendship over a step, plus your reaction will last for a life time!

Check out this fun video of a bride and groom at their wedding. Her soon to be husband accidentally pronounces lawfully as “wawfully” and she cracks up so much that they have to take a break!

lol. See what I mean? Not that this will happen to you, but when accidents happen, weirdly enough it is your reaction the one that will be remembered!

6. IT IS ALL IN THE DETAILS.


To make a party real special, think about the details. Small details make moments memorable. Don’t be afraid to make something different and go for it: transform the ordinary into extraordinary! We do it all the time and love it when guests have that AWE moment when confronted with the unexpected at a party!

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Sweet Sixteen Party Ideas

April 28, 2010

The traditional sweet sixteen or quinceanera parties have taken a huge turn!

If you are mom or dad you might be thinking about the traditional ball and your son or daughter might be thinking about a beach party. You may be already rehearsing the waltz in your head while he or she is thinking rave or no music. Or even worse, neither of you can make up your mind or have no idea whatsoever.

That is why it is a good idea to hire a planner to help you set your goals.

First things first. You will need to give them a budget to work with. This is very important because you set the base and limit of what you can have at the party. Also important is an approx. guest list and age range. If you have an idea of what you want, you can bring in pictures, videos an inspirational piece to the first consultation, but in case you have no clue of what you want, have a prior phone interview so the planner can help you figure out what you are about, likes and dislikes. Sometimes it just takes a little push in the right direction for a wonderful party. Some planners even have a form or RFP that will help you understand the direction that the party will take.

Here are some popular ideas for Sweet Sixteen Themes and some key points for each:

THE FORMAL BALL.

A formal Ball can also have many twists…

Do you want to be the princess of the night or make your guests feel like royalty? This is the theme for you.

A formal Ball can also have many twists…

Have the set up resemble an enchanted garden or a set on Paris, China or some exotic location. Or you might prefer a masquerade ball with a mardigrass carnival and all. Make sure that whatever the theme you need to let your guests know so they have the right attire.

Always remember that you should include music theme related and for all ages! Yes that also means some that mom or dad can dance to and enjoy!

MASQUERADE BALL

This is a cool version of a formal ball. Provide your guests with masquerade masks or ask them to create one themselves for your party, you may have a parade or carnival.  In the middle of the ball the unexpected may happen and your guests can be involved on solving a mystery disappearance…

RETRO

Would love to experience what it would have been like if you had been born in another era?

How about a Back to the Future at your party? Go to the fiftees, the 80’s, 70’s, 20’s the gangster era…

This is your special day, make it fun!

PROPS and appropriate lightning and music are a must for this themes. It is all about the details!

OSCAR NIGHT

Love movies and cinematography? Why not recreate an Oscar / award night with red carpet, trophies and papparazzis?

If you just want a few guests and family, you can have a karaoke night or enjoy one or two of your favorite movies. Make it special for them too by giving some awards at the climax of the party. Some idea categories are: best dressed, best hair, best smile, best dancer, best singer…

You can make a grand entrance arriving with a limo to the party, have posters made of your favorite movies and substitute their faces with your friends.

VAMPIRE OR GOTHIC NIGHT

If you are into goth , why not celebrate your party in a total different setting.

Invitations must set the mood for your guests so be creative!

How about sending your invitations on a mailable coffin box. Recreate a cemetery at your party with props and black roses for center pieces. Oh yes, Fog is a must!

AMAZING RACE, SCAVENGER HUNT

What about a scavenger hunt with Hummer limos driving you and your friends around, You have two or three teams with a team leader on each. They will be given identical lists with objects to collect doing assignments and riddles driving from point to point.

A WESTERN NIGHT

Yeeeeehahhh!!!

Who said no Cowboys at this party?

Bring in the horses and the mechanichal bull because we are ready to square dance our night out!

MY FAVORITE MOVIE OR TV SHOW

Resemble one of your favorite movies or TV Shows and have the set up for your party décor create the mood. Some popular movies, Alice in Wonderland, Moulin Rouge,  Old West movies, AVATAR, The Vampire Diaries. Anything is possible, remember this is  a night you and your friends will always remember.

For more ideas and Fun…

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