Elsa Molano of My Quince Planner in Spring, Texas, agrees. "It's like a competition" between teens she says. Molano says she's seeing a huge increase in the extravagance of quinceañeras (when a Latina turns 15). "I get elaborate requests for fruit sculptures, custom-made centerpieces, and special china," states Molano.

"I'm seeing creative themes with butterflies, polka dots, and stripes. And whereas buffets used to predominate, today's families prefer sit-down dinners," she says.

Tiara place card holder (pictured at left) from Favoraffair.com

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