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Question: Quinceanara Decorations?

16 March 2012 73,516 views 8 Comments

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Reader Rosi wrote: "I found your site yesterday and already can't wait to make the apothecary jars--I will be using them as centerpieces for my daughter's quicenaƱera in September, but I am having problems thinking up ideas for the party! Please help? I have 30 tables to make centerpieces for and most of these go home with guests so I'm not too keep on spending a lot of money on these, BUT I want them to look fab!"

Since I don't know your colors or if there is a theme, I am just gonna throw a few cute ideas out there. Our readers will chime in with ideas in the comments, too!

five fun centerpiece ideas

1. Personalized Photo Jar

centerpiece beach photo jar

I love this personalized photo jar centerpiece idea because you can use photos of the birthday girl, along with some jar filler that goes with the party color scheme or contains some of the birthday girl's favorite things in it. You can substitute an apothecary jar for a lidded jar and make a similar statement. [project by Lisa Storms at Fiskarscrafts]

2. Lollipop Tree

lollipop tree

I think candy is a perfect centerpiece because it's bright, colorful, and fun, and it keeps the decor light and whimsical, which is perfect for a 15 year-old girl. Guests can snack on the candy when they're at the party, and you will be glad that someone took it away at the end of the party. [project by Jill at Meet the Dubiens]

3. Atomic Starburst Centerpiece

centerpiece atomic

This 50s-inspired atomic starburst centerpiece is so much fun for a sweet birthday party. I even love the color scheme -- pink, black, and silver. You can find bags of foam balls at the dollar store, and make your own small cake stand from a plate, a candlestick, and some E-6000 glue. Maybe you could tweak your original idea and make the cake stand instead of an apothecary jar. The base of this starburst is a silver funnel! A commenter on Pinterest suggested that instead of foam balls, you could put cake pops into the center foam ball, which would be even more sweet because then your guests could eat the centerpiece. I guess I'm just stuck on the idea of eating the centerpiece! [idea by Derek McLane for Rachael Ray]

4. Mirrors and Sparkles Centerpiece

centerpiece mirrored

Combine a few mirrored candle stands (you can find these at the dollar store) with an apothecary jar and a couple of cylindrical vases. Embellish with mirrored ornaments and multiply the sparkle! To bring costs down, how about spray painting rattan balls from the dollar store in a metallic silver? [project by BHG]

5. Fifteen Under Glass

centerpiece number cloche

This number vignette features assorted items (and the number 5) under a glass cloche on a silver platter. Since you are making apothecary jars, just fill the jars with a collection of favorite items, or items that go with the theme, or the number 15. [project by Cottage Affairs]

What are YOUR ideas for a great quinceanara decoration?

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  • Jan said:

    I have two for you:
    I saw somewhere for a reception where they put a cute little basket on each table with 2 disposable camaras and then had a small sign attached that was an I Spy Challenge with the camaras. It encouraged the people to try to snap specific types of pictures, like the birthday girl dancing, the parents with their feet up, etc. It would make for a cute and unique centerpiece/fun activity for each table and you get to take home a wide variety of pictures you might miss other wise.

    What about a grouping of 3 Mason/Canning jars. Clear decorative marbles in the bottom, filled with water, a floating candle in each one near the top, and the outside rims tied in cute rafia/ribbon bows in your party colors? Simple, almost all dollar store items, and easy to put together at the last minute.

  • love2dream said:


    what about these fantastic center pieces…


    …in these (glasses from the dollar store with paper and ribbon glued around the bottoms. In your color scheme of course.
    (I don’t think I’d oragami each individual blossom like they did. Just bunch a tiny bit of tissue paper and glue it on. But that’s just me!)

  • love2dream said:

    Oh, I’m i’m dying to try these…dye the wax to match your colors.

  • Rosi said:

    OMG, thanks for all the great ideas everyone! It didn’t even occur to me to include the colors, duh! Shows just how much I’ve been stressing over this (:

    My daughter’s dress is bright lemon-y yellow overlaid with turquoise and bright (and I mean BRIGHT) pink accesories… the yellow skirt with the turquoise overlay makes it look green, the effect is very striking and very beautiful…

    I would attach a picture if I could only find a way to do that!

  • Daly @ WritingTemplates said:

    I think that the lollipop tree is the safest way to go, although it may not be the most interesting of all the suggestions.

  • partycraftsecrets said:

    Why not place a tall vase with white and yellow flowers on the centre of each table, but to make them you-nique, wrap each vase in some pink & turqouise coloured paper, here’s how:


    Or, instead of paper, wrap each vase (or recycled drink bottle) with coloured wool – it’s super quick and affordable, and if you use the colours of the party, it will totally co-ordinate with everything else you’re doing:


    Lastly, you could use a bouquet of fake flowers, and in the center of each fabric flower, place a small chocolate gift for everyone:


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