If your daughter is fast approaching her 15th birthday, she will already be thinking about her Quinceanera, the Latin American way of announcing the arrival of womanhood. Of course, as her parent, you want her to have memorable experiences that enrich her life and with that in mind, here are a few tips to help make this social event one to be remembered for all the right reasons.
- Offering Morale Support – This can be a stressful time for some, so it is important that you are there to offer reassurance and your daughter will feel she’s not alone. It is always nice to talk about your teenage years with your child, as this helps them to realise that you were once where they are now. She might want help designing the invitations or wants your opinion on her chosen accessories and if she knows you are happy to help, she will consult you when in doubt.
- Choosing The Dress – While it would be nice to surprise her, choosing the dress is something your daughter needs to have a say in. We all know how choosey teenagers can be. Invite her to join you and look for beautiful Quinceanera dresses from a leading online designer dress boutique and when she falls in love with a creation, make it a gift from you. If you are thinking thousands of dollars, relax; the online designer dress boutique offers well-known names at affordable prices, which saves a lot of money. Online stores often can afford to give huge discounts on recommended retail prices.
- Calculate A Budget – We all know how easy it is to overspend, especially with such an important event as a girl’s Quinceanera, so set a budget and help your daughter to spend wisely. It is good to give added responsibility to a growing child and her 15th birthday is the ideal time to let her be more herself, with advice rather than instructions. This is good practice for money management, which will help when she leaves college and starts work. If she’s a little short for the dress, there are affordable dresses from the online boutique, which can be found with a Google search.
- Professional Make-Up Artist – If you really want her to feel like a million dollars, hire a pro make-up artist to work their magic on your daughter. She will be oozing with self-confidence, knowing that she looks great. Make sure to take some before and after photos to keep for the future. She would probably know such a make-up artist and freelancers are affordable and will come to your home a few hours in advance.
The important thing for you as a parent, is to be there when needed, someone to offer advice and reassurance, while helping her to choose a stunning dress and the right accessories. Make sure to video the party and keep it as a reminder of that very special Quinceanera, which she will look back on with fondness in later years.