A quinceañera party is a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Modern quinceañeras have changed with new traditions and activities, but the one thing that remains constant – besides the company – is the food. And lots of it.
Here are ten menu ideas for your Quinceañera:
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Purists may stick to the traditional fare served at a quinceañera. As this event is often celebrated in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, traditional food includes tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and a side of rice and beans.
You might even decide to serve cabrito, a classic dish that originated from Mexico. It consists of goat meat that’s cooked on a spit over a slow-burning fire, giving it its signature smoky taste.
You can also serve a picadillo, a combination of beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions. This could either be a main dish or as a filling for tacos.
Greek food is as hearty as it is delicious. The most common dish you might come across is gyros, a combination of beef and lamb roasted on a spit. Other Greek dishes you can include are kabobs, pastitsio, Greek salad with feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, spanakopitas, and moussaka.
You can transport your guests to their dream Parisian fantasy with a French menu. Serve some classic French dishes that are fit for a crowd, such as beef bourguignon, cassoulet, coq a vin, and good old French onion soup.
To cut through all that richness, you can serve lighter appetizers like salad nicoise, ratatouille, or savory tarts. Don’t forget the chocolate souffle for dessert!
Sushi is always a crowd pleaser, and you can serve a Japanese menu inspired by your favorite restaurant. Why not make things more enticing and casual with a sushi station, where guests can serve themselves buffet-style? For something a little fancier, you can even hire a sushi chef. This will definitely be a meal to remember.
A seafood feast is a great interactive menu where guests can congregate over piles of fresh shellfish and other delights. This menu is perfect for a more laid back party, as guests can eat with their hands, and wear bibs to protect their clothing.
Go for large seafood buckets, platters of oysters, fried calamari baskets, and clam chowder to wash it all down. Make sure to have a good mix of everything to accommodate different palates, and perhaps serve other things like grilled sausages and other meats in case there are guests with allergies.
If you have a sweet tooth, then a donut booth may tickle your tastebuds. This is a nice alternative to a traditional cake as well. Have a selection of different flavors and toppings guests can use to decorate their chosen donuts.
Pair this with different kinds of hot or cold vanilla coffee as the perfect complement. Donuts and coffee are always an ideal combination. You can display your donuts on a vertical stand as part of your decor. These can also be handed out as your guests leave, as part of their loot bag.
If you are on the healthier side, you might consider a raw bar. Have a wide variety of different kinds of lettuce and vegetables, as well as a selection of dressings for guests to mix and match.
For dessert, you can mirror the same concept by serving cut up fruit that guests can use to assemble their own fruit cups or skewers. Swap out savory dressings for fresh cream, nut butter, and juice.
Again, if you are opting for a more casual type of quinceañera, another choice is to serve some barbecue. Grilled and smoked meats, from brisket to pulled pork, are always great for feeding large crowds.
Make sure you have all the trimmings: coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, and creamed corn. Your guests will leave feeling more than satisfied.
For a variation of the traditional menu, why not go for some street food. An elote booth is an original idea where guests can roast their own corn and finish it off with a squeeze of lime, a sprinkle of cilantro, or a dollop of crema or cotija cheese.
You can even serve street tacos, and let your guests choose between flour or corn tortillas; carnitas, shrimp, chorizo, fish, or carne asada for fillings; and present a selection of different salsas for them to top everything off with. The perfect end to all of this food? A churro cart.
Another interactive menu idea is a fondue party. You can have huge boiling pots of cheese fondue for every table, and make sure that you have chunks of bread and veggies for guests to skewer and dunk in that luscious cheese.
To keep up with the fondue theme, you can have a chocolate fountain for dessert. This is an elegant fixture, and your guests will surely love dipping marshmallows, fruit, and cookies in the cascading blanket of chocolate.
Depending on your chosen menu, be sure to choose a quinceañera venue that can accommodate your plan and theme. Some venues may even be able to supply you with decorations that match. Choosing a menu and venue go hand-in-hand, so take the time to decide on both so that you end up with the quinceañera of your dreams.