Turning sweet 15 can be a turning point birthday in a young girl's life, so much so, that the Hispanic culture marks this birthday with an elaborate Quinceañera party. You don't need a formal ceremony to celebrate this day, but you can make it exciting and memorable with a party geared towards the birthday girl's interests. With good friends, fun activities and a clever theme, a 15th birthday party can be a hit without breaking the bank.
Star for A Day
Throw a Hollywood-theme party fit for a star. Buy inexpensive red fabric and tape three yards down so it provides a red carpet to the front door. Have friends and family on either side of the carpet, yelling out the names of the guest and taking their pictures. Have someone at the door checking in guests, and letting them know they are on the VIP list. Have a swag room with inexpensive trinkets that the guests can choose from for their party favor bag. Set up small tables and chairs in the party room so that it looks like a nightclub, and decorate it with black and gold balloons and streamers. Have an awards ceremony that presents each of the guests with an award for their achievements (such as an A on their recent math test or a home run in a recent softball game). Present the "Sweetest 15-Year-Old Ever" award to the birthday girl.
Invite guests to a sleepover celebrating the year the birthday girl was born. Ask everyone to dress in outfits that would have been popular in that year. Have a playlist set that only features music from that particular year. Play trivia games about events from pop culture of that specific year. Find out if there was a food that debuted that year, like a new kind of cookie or frozen pastry, and serve it. Decorate the room with big posters of the music and television stars of that year. Play a DVD of a movie that was popular that year. As party favors, give everyone a book or CD from that year.
Divide the party guests into small teams and assign an adult to each team for safety reasons. Have each team dress like spies, in oversize sunglasses, black turtlenecks or trench coats. Give each team a digital or disposable camera and a list of items to find in the local mall. For example, the teams have to find a woman wearing a blue dress, or a man pushing a stroller. Send the teams out for one hour on the scavenger hunt. Find a nearby location that can develop film in one hour and drop the film off. Arrange to have all the teams brought to a nearby restaurant for pizza, soda and birthday cake. By the time the meal is finished, pick up the film and announce the winning team.
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