Quinceañera or Sweet Sixteen?

During this season of beautiful celebrations and events, I decided to take the time to write about our young daughters’ celebrations. I have so much to say, because amongst my own life’s precious memories there is my own “Quinceañera”, and yes that was quite long ago! For years I dreamt of my 15th. Birthday celebration. There was the dream dress, which turned out to be a fiasco, wearing high hills and mainly and mostly dancing the waltz with my beloved Father.

I have been part of celebrations for “Quinceañeras”, “Sweet Sixteen” and  “Festa de debutantes” in other cultures, in which a young girl is acknowledged as becoming a woman and the celebrations are to be remembered forever.

So what is the difference between these celebrations?  In the Latin American countries this tradition was born from the precolombian cultures such as mayas and aztecas, in which “puberty rituals” took place, to indicate that a girl was beginning her adulthood life. Fortunately today, “Quinceañeras” are an acknowledgement of the beginning of womanhood, without any of the rituals involved in the old cultures.

As for “Sweet sixteen” For many it is a social event to present their young daughter as a woman to society and to celebrate her adulthood. “Sweet sixteen”  in the States and Canada, is believed to come from the days of the Great Depression. Young people, male and female, of 16, 15, 14, even 13 years of age had to take on chores to contribute feed and house themselves and their families. So the celebration used to come with an acceptance of adulthood and responsibilities. Today, the celebration is to acknowledge the adolescent girl becoming a woman.

But whether the event is organizing a Brasilian “Festa de debutantes”, to introduce one’s daughter to society , or it is a “sweet sixteen” or a “quinceañera” , it is a celebration that will be remembered forever. So, it is important to think about the venue, the palette of colors , the dress, the flowers, the cake, the menu, the music and of course the “favors” to show gratitude and to be treasured by the guests.

This month we want to share the picture of my dear niece’s daughter “quinceañera”. Sofi, enjoyed the most beautiful celebration, prepared with the love of her family. Her celebration was a night that will be remembered for the rest of her life. And yes! Favors2treasure prepared the favors with lots of love and the photographer Juan Kruales captured the memories for her and the guests.

On Protocol and Etiquette

We all use the terms “protocol” and “etiquette”, for the purpose of our events organization we can differentiate the two. The Protocol that an event planner follows refers to the appropriate organization of an event that fits the needs of the customer as he (the customer) wishes to reflect to his guests. Part of the organization includes in this “protocol”, the delivery of an expression of gratitude to the guest. The act of presenting the guests with a favor, is a traditional “etiquette” behavior which follows the norms of protocol. In simple terms, a favor is an essential element of your event organization that expresses gratitude, and it should not be taken lightly as it will serve as the beautiful closure and memory of the event.

On the use of Party Favors

Since the tradition of distributing party favors at events began in Europe, different creations of favors have taken place. But the reality is that a favor should have some sort of practicality whilst preserving its delicacy and good taste. A simple gift that will have a purpose rather than end up in a waste bag, will do. From a nice aromatic candle, to a beautiful silver salter. The favor should be a small treasure to be kept.