It’s not every day that you get to put on a beautiful gown and celebrate your 15th birthday! This is just the beginning of your life as a woman. So, of course you want everything to be perfect. This birthday should be a special one so that’s why we are here to help you plan for the perfect Quinceañera! Be your own party planner and use this checklist to make sure everything goes as smoothly and glamorously as you dreamed it would be. And be sure to include your parents in your planning and understand their, expectations for your big day, as they will be an important part of the celebration, too. Start a Quince notebook to document your favorite ideas and keep track of important dates. Pick a date for your Quince and set a budget with your parents or guardian. Make a guest list and decide who will be in your Court of Honor. Meet with your Court of Honor to select their attire. Tip: Typically, your Damas will wear dresses and your Chambelans will wear tuxedos/suits that match, but this isn’t for everyone. See if your court can all wear a similar color or pattern from their own closet. This will look just as good and also let your court show off their own unique looks. Secure your gown, tiara, shoes and accessories for your special day Tip: Talk to your friends and family and see what kinds of treasure they have in their closets. You might find cool things to borrow, like a gorgeous dress or a one-of-a-kind accessory. Start sending out your save-the-dates so people can make plans to attend. As your event gets closer, send the invitation with your event details. Tip: If you don’t want to order save-the-dates and invitations, get crafty and make your own! The same goes for party favors and programs. The most important thing is to send them out on time. Important Things to Remember Venue: This is where all your friends and family will go after the ceremony, so look for a place that is close and within your budget. Outdoor parties are fun, so keep all your options open. The Last Doll: This doll will be both a keepsake and decoration at your ceremony, so pick one that fits your style and personality! You’ll be walking about with her to thank your guests for coming and also present them with a small token of your appreciation. Emergency kit: Don’t get caught unprepared on your special day. You’ll need to pack a small tote bag with all your must-have items, including hair pins, period protection, make-up for touch ups, tissues, deodorant, breath mints and anything else that will get you through this event looking and feeling your best! Think Outside the Box A photographer: Recruit one of your photo-savvy friends or a family member who has a special talent for photography! A caterer: Think about planning a pot-luck celebration, everyone can bring their favorite dish! Decorations:You could always call a florist, but if you are feeling crafty, you can make your own centerpieces and decorations. Hair and Make-up: Does your mom or BFF have great taste in hairstyles and make-up? See if they can help you prep for the big day of your Quince. Music: Create your own play list with your favorite dance songs instead of getting a DJ. Or see if your friend’s band would be willing to play a few songs for you! Cake: You can make this yourself, too. With the right tools and a little help from someone older, you can make a beautiful cake (or cupcakes!) fit for a princess. Plus, you can make it just how you want it. Feel free to add flowers to the top, not everything has to be edible! On the day of your Quince, try to stay calm and relax! You’ve got this all planned. You look gorgeous and this is about to be the best party ever. Enjoy yourself and celebrate! Create a quinceanera checklist with tips and tricks from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.