Where Does This All Start?
The history of the quinceanera parties, goes back to the period of the Aztecs in Mexico. During those times, that is, during the 16th century, women were regarded as the ones who had to obey their husband and bear children. They were married off at a very early age, 15 years, and the only education they were given was to carry out household duties. Thus, 15 was a special age for the girls. It signified their entry into womanhood. To mark this auspicious day, the quinceanera parties were held in their honor. The girl's family escorted her into her new life and the whole community was there to witness it. So what does the term quinceanera mean? It is a Spanish word were quince means "fifteen" and anos means "years".
When Spain attacked the Aztecs in 1521, there was a cultural exchange. The quinceanera tradition continued but, now the girl was given an option. When she turned 15, she either had to devote her life to the Catholic church and remain a single woman forever, or to marry and raise a family. The Spaniards further contributed to the quinceanera culture by adding music and dance in the celebrations. This practice is still carried on among many Hispanic people. Many American families also follow this tradition of celebrating their daughter's entry into womanhood, but they celebrate the 16th birthday rather than the 15th birthday. That is why the term 'sweet sixteen'.
Unlike the older days however, this quinceanera party does not mean that the girl is about to get married pretty soon. It's a day when everyone celebrates along with the girl and her family, her transition from a girl with pigtails to a woman. And what better way to celebrate this than with huge quinceanera birthday cakes. Want to know more about what kind of quinceanera cakes you can have for your daughter, then just read on.
Quinceanera Cake Ideas and Themes
To help you out with choosing proper cake themes and other ideas, here are some quinceanera cake ideas which you can use. The first thing that you have to keep in mind is the bakery from where you are choosing your quinceanera cakes. The right baker is important for all kinds of cakes, be it wedding or birthday cakes. Ask the baker for the cakes portfolio and choose the kind of cake which you think your daughter will love, and which will also go with your party theme as well as your budget. Here are some themes for the quinceanera cakes.
You can have a Cinderella theme, where your daughter will be Cinderella and you can have a pink cake decorated with white lilies and a glass shoe on the top. Maybe you can revisit the birthplace of the Quinceanera party and have an ancient Mexican theme. The cake can be decorated with little baskets of miniature fruits and vegetables, all made of sugar. It will look mouth-watering, I am sure. There can also be a theme based on your daughter's hobbies. For example, if she loves to play the piano, maybe you can have the cake in the shape of one and place a sugared piano on the top. Or if your daughter loves to dance, then you can have a tiny ballerina on the top. If the theme is a beach theme, then the cake can be a blue colored one with tiny sugared shells and starfishes stuck to it. There can be a theme of golden colored moons and starts, stuck to a chocolate mud cake. Treat your daughter like a movie star with maybe a Hollywood theme, where you can have red carpets and cameras and quinceanera cakes based on this theme. There are lot more quinceanera cake ideas which you can try out and if you want help while choosing a theme, you can also take the help of the baker.
Quinceanera Cake Toppers
No matter how small or big the beautiful quinceanera cakes are, the quinceanera cake toppers are the ones which actually enhances the beauty of the cake. So, here are some ideas for the cake toppers. Figure of girl, with flowing dress or dressed as a princess, is a popular quinceanera cake topper. Or, since your daughter is the princess of the day, you could probably have either a palace or maybe a couch as the topper. Again, on the basis of the theme, you can decide your topper. For the Cinderella theme party, you can have a glass shoe, or for the hobbies theme, you can have whatever your child's hobby is, as a topper. If her hobby is photography, then maybe a camera, if its acting, then maybe the film rolls. If you want the toppers to remain as a memento forever, you can have a personalized blown glass topper.
The quinceanera cakes prices may vary widely. With just $150, you can have three-tier cake which can feed at least hundred people. Or with $600, you can have a huge cake. Before you go about in organizing the party, decide on the budget for your quinceanera cake. Well, now that you have enough idea about the quinceanera cakes, order one right now and make the 15th or 16th birthday of your little princess memorable.