Learn More About the Quinceanera Last Doll Tradition

Alicia Monsalve

A Quinceanera celebration relies on symbolism to represent the important step from childhood to adulthood.

Some families maintain the tradition of using a doll as part of the ceremony.


Keep in mind that your last doll is in reality the last toy you played with. 

Here are a few options so you can show off the kid in you and let your imagination soar with the toys that accompany us throughout our childhood and can now become part of your Quince:

The Last Doll

In some Mexican regions, it is a custom that the Quinceanera receives her last doll from her father. The doll is usually made out of porcelain, but some Quinceaneras also opt for Barbies or dolls as their last toy.

After the dance, some Quinceaneras toss their doll to young girls who have not yet turned fifteen.

The presentation of the doll is a special father-daughter moment that represents a Quinceanera’s transition into adulthood. With this she leaves behind her toys to take on new roles,  new interests in adult life, become independent, and assume responsibility.

Childish Inspiration

These dolls can be used as decorations, Quince centerpieces, cake toppers, and keepsakes of course. Fortunately, there is a wide variety to choose from; it all depends on what the girl likes.

Vintage Dolls

Dolls are one of the oldest archaeological finds and a common tradition among most cultures in the world. Whether made out of fabric, wood, straw, twine, clay, or porcelain, dolls have been represented in many ways ranging from very basic and featureless to highly detailed and almost identical to the human form.

The rag doll is shared by many countries from the Caribbean to North America. Nahua communities settled in Central America create beautiful hand-embroidered dolls to sell on the market and Afro-Latin cultures have made rag dolls part of their tradition.

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Alicia Monsalve

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