The fiesta de quinceañera marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood, the equivalent of the 18th birthday party (i.e., debut) in non-Latino communities. For this reason, the family of the celebrant may throw a large and lavish party for family and friends. Such is the lavishness of the party that the guest list can easily top 200 and above!
With so many people to feed and so many details to decide on, you will find it impractical to take on the kitchen tasks on your own. This is where catering services from your favorite restaurant comes in.
But what will you serve your celebrant’s guests? Here are a few classic and contemporary ideas.
Go for the Classic Tex-Mex Fare
If you want to go the traditional route, your first choice will likely be either Mexican or Tex-Mex fare depending on your familiarity and preference with these cuisines. Both, nonetheless, are characterized by their finger foods (i.e., foods that can be eaten using just your hands).
A traditional quinceañera menu can consists of:
- Picadillo served in tacos and tamales as a filling
- Menudo or pozole may also be served but these are heavier fillings
- Cabrito, typically a roasted goat kid, is offered as a main course
- Tortilla chips
- Rice and beans
- Jetty, a chocolate sauce
- Pan de Polvo, pan dulce, churros, conchas, and arroz are dessert items
Many of these items can be ordered from your neighborhood Tex-Mex restaurant, such as Chuy’s, so you don’t have to slave over the kitchen stove. In fact, you can even get it catered out to your party as well.
You may also add non-alcoholic beverages for the underage guests although you may allow a sip of champagne for the celebrant during the toast. You should have wine, beer and even cocktails for the adults. This applies whether you have a classic quinceañera menu or not.
Go for the Theme
If you want to go the non-traditional route, you must obviously consider the theme of the party. You don’t have to worry about being too out-of-the-box as nearly every birthday party theme for a teenager is acceptable. You must steer clear, however, of illegal substances and activities for obvious reasons.
A few ideas:
- Hawaiian menu with fresh pineapples, sushi, egg rolls, macaroni salad, and barbecue
- Cowboy menu with pork barbecue, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, coleslaw, and green beans
- Seafood menu with crab cakes, clam chowder, and stuffed lobster tails
And don’t forget the beautiful cake in the celebrant’s favorite flavors! No birthday party, after all, is complete without the celebratory cake to mark it.