Quinceanera vs Sweet Sixteen Birthday

A Quinceanera vs Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

For every similarity between a quinceanera and a sweet 16 birthday party, there are just as many noteworthy differences. Obviously, the biggest one is age – a quinceanera is a celebration for a girl who is turning 15, while a sweet 16 party is simply a huge birthday bash for a young lady turning 16. Each type of party is extravagant, memorable and elaborate, but both definitely have a diverse set of differences you should be aware of.

Quinceanera Characteristics

Steeped in religion and tradition, a quinceanera celebrates a young Latina girl’s journey into adulthood when she turns 15. This type of party typically begins with a religious ceremony at a Catholic church. One of the most common traditions is called the “Change of Shoes” – this includes the birthday girl swapping her flat dress shoes for high heels, which are slipped onto her feet by her father or a parental figure. The custom signifies leaving behind a girlish childhood for entry into more mature womanhood. Another aspect of a quinceanera involves the birthday girl wearing a fancy, colorful and glamorous dress along with a shiny tiara. She will also have a “court” of individuals to help her celebrate on a special day. These friends and family members will have matching dresses and tuxedos, and will also have to memorize a few different dances for the actual celebration part of the day. There will be a DJ playing both Spanish and English songs, lots of dancing, food, and fun for everyone involved. Including MGM Banquet Hall, there are a few additional banquet halls in Glendale, California, that are familiar with the customs and intricacies of a quinceanera, so be sure to ask for experience in this type of birthday party before booking.

Sweet 16 Celebration

Another birthday bash for a teenage girl, popularized in the United States, is the Sweet 16. Again, this is typically a spectacular celebration of a young lady turning 16, blossoming into a woman and in many cases, obtaining a driver’s license. A Sweet 16 party doesn’t have a religious component to it, or a multitude of cultural and religious traditions like a quinceanera does. There is oftentimes a theme or at least a color scheme for the party. Sometimes the birthday girl may request that guests wear that color to the celebration, but that isn’t always the case. Depending on the budget, some parties are over-the-top elaborate and include ice sculptures, live bands, a photo booth, high-end food and ‘mocktails’, a multi-tiered cake and swag bags for those in attendance. The birthday girl and her closest friends may even arrive in a limousine for the evening and some parents will book a hotel room for them to continue the party after it’s time to leave the banquet hall.

Are You Ready to Book Your Party?

If you’re planning a quinceanera or a Sweet 16 for your little girl, there are plenty of things to keep in mind. Finding a Glendale banquet hall or venue in your neighborhood is one of your first steps. Also, have a budget in mind, an estimated headcount of guests, what type of food and drinks you’ll want to serve, and if you’re going to have a DJ or a live band. Take time to tour several facilities before making a decision. Also, since the party is for the lucky birthday girl, take her feedback and wishes into consideration before making any concrete plans. This will be a night she’ll never forget – make sure she gets to play a role in the planning process.