Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quinceañera Celebration

My daughter Melanie turned 15 and after over a year of wonderful planning, we celebrated this past Summer with family and friends her traditional Quinceañero (as we call the Quince celebration in our island of Puerto Rico). Here in Tennessee we welcome our guests on a beautiful location surrounded by horses, mountains, and a gorgeous day.  

Our theme was a rustic modern decor in shades of pinks and emerald accents with roses and calla lillies. Silver splashes to bring in a modern and elegant look. 
You can check out our inspiration on the blog previously posted here.

The guests tables were decorated in a rustic ambience with pinks and greens and mercury accents.  Tennessee places took the place of traditional table numbers.  And cupcakes welcomed the guests on the tables served on a variety of vintage and rustic stands.

Two custom menus, one for the food and one for cake were placed on each table. And a rock candy favor with the detail of a custom illustration tag made of  Melanie on her second dress.

I planned the head table for Melanie and her Court (better known as Damas) to be especially elegant, with a beautiful vintage mantel background and completely surrounded by milk glass vases and candles, votives and flowers.  Princesses silhouettes were the place cards for each seating in silver and green.  This special table had vintage china mixed in with mason jars and the silver sequin runners looked fabulous on the two long tables put together.

The logo seen above was taken from and created for Melanie's invitations.  Cakepops were served on this table for the Court.

Melanie's lace dress was ivory with a touch of pink on her sash and I absolutely loved the flowers and silver accent.

The Court wore different shades of pinks and cowgirl boots. Two special friends wore silver to simbolize Damas de Honor.  All girls have been a part of Melanie's life from childhood to school and they are all good friends and family friends who traveled from Florida and Pennsylvania as well as from different locations in Tennessee to stand with her on this date.  They had a blast with hair and make up!
See how Melanie asked the girls, Will you be my Dama? here!

Calla lillies are her favorite.  Her bouquet was absolutely gorgeous and I insisted on having a picture of her with her decorated venue on the background.

The coronation ceremony was held outside under such a gorgeous day.  I planned the set up to be a sort of lounge for guests arriving and enjoying themselves with water and fruit and a fun photobooth while we started the ceremony.

The cultural tradition is for the girl turning fifteen to have a change of shoes from flat to heels and a tiara, as well as a sceptor was given to her by her parents after a little cute speach about her to symbolize her change from childhood into womanhood. This was an emotional but beautiful and fun ceremony for us.  We truly enjoyed having our guests there who most of them have been there for Melanie since she was a baby and even her teachers came in to witness and celebrate with us such a beautiful day.  

Melanie walked in presented by her sister Tiana and brother Joel.

Her 'flats' were actually Star Wars Vans because those are her favorites.  She then wore her Tiara and vintage heels.

Daddy's little girl, always!

You can check out all the pics and previews on instagram under #melaniesprincesstale

We were so glad to have chosen this place.  The venue was perfect for our theme and celebration.  Inside we welcomed guests with a Signature Drink and one of Melanie's favorites: a Shirley Temple that she called Pink Sunset. After a little dance with Dad and some introductions and dancing we went right into dinner and cake and entire Cookie Bar full of dessert!

Tennessee themed cookies were the escort cards for the Tennessee names on the tables.

Guests signed rocks with messages as a sort of guestbook.  The idea of the rocks came from Melanie actually having a collection of rocks from every where she visits.  She picked the rocks herself from around the lake and now she saves them knowing they are her Tennessee rocks with messages of people she loves.

Another favorite, Lemonade!  I always try to make a point of little things like these that actually mean the world. After all, an event should be all about the honoree and what they love and like as well as pampering your guests as much as the honoree herself! It's the details and the moments that are most remembered.

We went a little rustic for the Chicken Dinner...

One of the cutest things to me was having her captured on this topper with her dress!
The cakes had all the elements of the event: pinks, roses, calla lillies, sparkly silver and lace and then vintage green chalkboard!  The saying on the board is from the book and movie Where the Wild Things Are....'Woman, feed me!' Another favorite.

Melanie changed into a second dress and replaced her heels for booths and her tiara for flowers...that's more like herself!!

The favors table was this gorgeous green desk we had painted for the event and decorated with paper flowers. The saying I'm sure a lot of you will recognize, comes from Yoda; and it represents Melanie's geeky side.

Planning and Styling: In Flight Celebrations
Photography: JoPhoto
Venue: The Reserve at Bluebird Hill
Flowers Design and Style: Sassafras Flowers
Music: Music in Motion
Catering: Bradford Catered Events
Dress: David's Bridals
Shoes: Modcloth
Hair and Make Up: Belleza Salon in Knoxville
Flower Crown: Whichgoose
Vintage Rentals: Sisters Vintage Rentals
Linens: All Occasion Party Rentals
Sequin Linens: Candy Crush Events
Stationery and Logo Design: Blush Printables
Menu, Escort Cards and Labels: Eye Candy Creative Studio
Illustration Tag and Cake Menu: Kori Clark 
Princess Place Cards and Mis Quince Cake Topper: Vanessa Grant Events
Chalkboard Art: Jubilee Knoxchalks
Melanie's Photos: Expressive Moments Photography
Cakes: B&G Catering
Chalkboard Cake: Magpies Cakes
Custom Doll Cake Topper: Chikipita
Books: Sorrythankyou79
Cupcakes: Taste of Art by Wendy Symons
Wooden Cupcake Stands: Unpolished & Pretty
Lace Favor Votives and Menu Holder: Kate Aspen
Wooden Signs: Country Bliss Designs
Cakepops: Sweet Whimsy Cake Pops
Sequin Hanger: Oh Deer Creative
Designer Stripe Pillows: Paint Me Pink
Tassels: The Flair Exchange
Signs: Printable Quirks
Painted Jars and Votives: Just Add Glitter by Marla
Mis Quince Straws: Go Agains the Grain
Water Bottle Labels: Chickabug
Custom Coasters and Favor Bags: Harper Gray Design and Oh Goodie Designs
Escort Cookies: Semi Sweet Confections
Lemon Cookies: Crafted Cookies
Dancing Shoes Tags: Weddings by Susan
Doilies Garland: Pop of Happy
Paper Flowers: Paperflora

All Cookies and Credits from our fabulous Cookie Bar can be seen here!


  1. girl you have outdone yourself with this one! Everything is absolutely GORGEOUS! I am so glad I got to be a small part of this celebration with all of you - it means a lot. I love all of the details that you put into this and I am sure it is something Melanie will always remember that you did for her - so amazing!

    1. Thank you so much for all your help with the beautiful menu and everything else! I'm so proud of how it all turned out together!