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Does your venue have high ceilings and tall windows or is it an outside space? Are you arranging round tables or square tables?
These are some of the questions you will need to answer first before deciding the best decor for your quinceañera reception tables.
Let’s start with the basic rules!
Round Table Decorating
We love round tables because it goes with any reception space and it’s a classic choice! Plus it will be way easier for your guests to speak to the person sitting across. Mix the sizes of your tables for a unique touch. Here are some helpful tips if you decide to set up round tables:
- Arrange centerpieces in threes: Group three arrangements of similar colors and styles in the middle of the table.
- Avoid too much white: Too much white will bore your guests and will make your reception look like a local restaurant instead of a fancy gathering. A little pop of color and metallic decor carefully dispersed will give you the right amount of excitement.
- Don’t be afraid of shapes: You might be tempted to use circles on everything else. You already have a round table so why not mix it up by introducing rectangles and squares on top of your plates.
- Invite a pattern: Use your fashion sense to help you out with this tip! Linens with damask, floral designs, stripes, or polka dots will make your tables stand out.
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Square Table Decorating
There are plenty of ways to make your party different from others and one includes choosing square tables over round tables. If your quinceañera is an outdoor event, then you definitely need square tables. The trick is to set them up at angles rather then lining them up in a straight line. Here are some helpful tips if you decide to set up square tables:
- Use circles: Square tables need round accents as decor to give them an elegant touch. Hanging round paper lanterns from the ceiling will perfectly adorn the space.
- Invite a pop of color: This can be easily done on the seat cushion. Try adding bold tones like hot pink, lime green, yellow, etc. Make sure to place an even number of chairs on all sides of your tables.
- Upscale your tables: Dress your tables with floor length linens to avoid looking like a casual birthday party.
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Balance Out The Space
Does your banquet hall have tall windows and high ceilings? Then you might want to consider filling up the space with longer tables.
Play Around With Decor
Rectangular tables require a lot more decor than round tables. Play around with shapes and spread out items with lots of detail & pops of color strategically around the venue. But don’t get too carried away! Things you can do to make your tables look elegant without overloading are lining up tall candles down the middle or using table runners (with sparkles, chevron print, or stripes).
Now that the basic rules are covered, here are the items you must include in your quinceañera reception tables to wow your guests!
Placing cute menus on each plate will make a huge difference and will let your guests know what to expect for dinner prior to serving. The good thing is that you’re able to DIY your menus according to your theme and save money.
Table numbers are a new concept at Quinceañeras, they’re more common at weddings. Table numbers will ensure that families are seated together. That way your tia doesn’t end up sitting with another family member who she doesn’t get along with. It’s an important day in your life so you don’t need any altercations or drama!
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Eating Utensils & Plates
You can also customize the color of the plates and utensils according to your theme. Since silver utensils are more common, gold utensils will add a touch of unique elegance. Play around with the color of your plates but you can never go wrong with white ceramic. Having glass cups rather than plastic will also upscale your table decor but may be a more expensive option.
High or Low Centerpieces
Break long and narrow tables with high centerpieces or candles. With lower centerpieces, it’ll be easier for your guests to interact with the person across from them and watch all the excitement on the dance floor. To cut down costs on your centerpieces, you can use mason jars and cheaper flowers or materials like candles and balloons. Using more fillers (dry branches, bigger blooms, baby breath, etc.) will also help keep the costs low.