20 Ways to Celebrate Your Double Quince
Maybe you had a classic quince complete with chambelanes and a vals. Maybe yours was more like a big party that just so happened to come with a photoshoot and a tiara. Maybe you didn’t have a quince at all. Whatever your story, turning 30 offers the chance to do it all your way. The doble quince has become a popular way for Latinas to celebrate their heritage and their 30s in style. Here are 20 ideas to get you excited for a doble quince of your own.
1. Throw it back now
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For a truly great double quince, it only makes sense to give your past a nod. This chica rocked her aunt’s prom dress from 1988 to celebrate her sister’s birth year at a doble quince celebration.
2. Embrace your teenage self
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You know your original quince photos are gold now. You looked so little! Your hair was so different! And OMG, that dress! Everyone loves a good #Throwback.
3. Make it a family affair
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Quinces have always been a family event, just like any other, so do it up big and invite everyone to celebrate again. This treintañera celebrated her own birthday along with a family member’s 96th!
4. Your friends totally count as family, of course
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If you’re far away from home for your doble quince, never fear. Fill the room with your adopted familia and celebrate with the same loud, music-filled party you might have had back in the day. Plus, you can recreate the awkward family photos of your youth!
5. Buy the cupcake dress of your dreams
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My quince dress was a knee-length number from Nordstrom, but part of me has always loved the over-the-top puffs of dresses that are so popular with quinceañeras. If you want to be a poofy princess, guess what — si se puede! You earned it.
6. Or re-purpose a prom dress
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There’s something undeniably practical about digging up an old prom dress and turning it into your doble quince outfit. It’s the perfect tribute to your teenage self. Plus, you can spend what you saved on even more glitz…
7. Buy that tiara, too.
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When I went shopping for my quince tiara, I wanted the biggest, sparkliest one I could find. I wanted to look like Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, or Princess Diana. My mom convinced me to get a much more low-key version that suited me better, but if I have a doble quince, you’d better believe I’m going big!
8. Or swap it for a crown
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This Frida-inspired crown is also a totally modern take on the quince tiara. It’s perfect for a more casual celebration and lets you show off your breezy personality!
9. Don’t forget the party favors
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How cute are these homemade velitas? Say gracias to all of your guests with some personalized swag telling them how much they mean to you.
10. Or the cake!
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This Barbie quince cake is the sweetest thing. It’s a little bit vintage and a whole lot of adorable, perfect for a small get together that has plenty of style.
11. You know you need a doble quince photoshoot
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If you had an old-fashioned quince, you definitely had an entire afternoon dedicated to taking dramatic photos of you looking like a true mujer…or at least, you and your mami’s idea of one. Bring back the tradition with some fun updates to mark your new decade!
12. Especially now that you can finally show off the attitude you’ve had since you were 15
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Your day, your rules! You may have had to pose like a nice, proper woman for your quince photos in the past, but now, you can show off your personality — and your attitude.
13. A photo booth is totally acceptable, too
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Celebrate yourself and your cultura with a photo booth backdrop that’s as colorful as both. Your party people will love getting in on the photo shoot action. Consider setting up a Polaroid camera for instant snaps.
14. Especially if you can make your own weird and wonderful backdrop!
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Can we talk about this fluffy royal penguin for a sec? This backdrop is customized, creative, and sure to instantly generate smiles. You don’t even have to say “quinceee!” to get the perfect grin here.
15. Let’s talk chambelanes, porfa.
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This royal court seriously dedicated themselves to the theme. Look at that purple suit and the dama’s purple hair! Your friends are far more likely to dress for the occasion now that they’re down for a good theme party.
16. Go wild!
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Who says sequins aren’t versatile? This doble quince queen had a chambelan de honor who totally dressed the part in a tux that matched her dress to the max!
17. Speaking of los chicos, quinces aren’t just for women anymore!
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Be real, some guys out there were jealous that you got to dress up and be royalty for the day. Now, it’s their turn! This necklace is the perfect bit of sparkle — more subtle than a tiara, but just as indicative of who’s the guest of honor.
18. Your doble quince can be casual
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If your first quince was over the top — or elaborate just isn’t your style — there’s nothing wrong with keep it casual. All you need are good friends and family, some festive decorations, and something sweet to cap it all off.
19. Any dress can be a quince dress
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Much as I love those swirls of chiffon and tulle, let’s be real: Any dress can be a quince dress. This reina wore a gold dress that can definitely be worn again while she celebrated her 30th in Las Vegas.
20. So whatever your doble quince dreams, do you.
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Wear a tiara! Have a watermelon for cake! Blow out a giant candle! Bring the cat! You’re entering a new phase of your life, and you’ve grown and learned so much along the way. Celebrate in whatever style you want, because it’s all your own.
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