A quinceañera 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. Some quinceañeras also use their favorite doll as a motif for decoration, centerpieces, or keepsakes. In any case, we provide you with 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.
Left: Quinceanera and her doll – Right: Barbie Quinceanera
The Last Doll
In some Mexican regions, it is a custom that the quinceañera receives her last doll from her father. The doll is usually made out of porcelain, but some quinceañeras also opt for Barbies or dolls that wear a replica of their own Quince gown.
After the dance, some quinceañeras toss their doll to young girls who have not yet turned fifteen the same way brides toss their wedding bouquet.
The presentation of the doll is a special father-daughter moment that represents a quinceañera’s transition into adulthood, leaving behind her toys to take on new roles, new interests in adult life, become independent, and assume responsibility.
Many Quince celebrations are based directly or indirectly on dolls, whether to recreate an old fairytale or Disney movie, or use certain doll characters such as Barbie, Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake, Polly, My Little Pony, Raggedy Ann, Ni Hao, and Moxie Girlz. Cartoon characters such as Puka, Betty Boop, and the Powerpuff Girls are also popular. Others opt for dolls with a more teenage touch such as collectible Barbies, Bratz, and fashion dolls like American Girl, Gene, Tyler, Brenda Starr, Madame Alexander, or Clea Bella.
Left to Right: Raggedy Ann, Vintage Barbie, Brenda Starr
These dolls can be used as decorations, centerpieces, cake toppers, and keepsakes of course. Fortunately, there is a wide variety to choose from; it all depends on what the quinceañera likes. When it comes to ideas, you can use the attire, colors, design, or a typical object from your favorite doll. For example, Raggedy Ann’s red and white stripes, Strawberry Shortcake’s strawberry design, red and Chinese motifs for Puka, or fashion and bling bling if you’re using Bratz.
In addition to being an icon of femininity, dolls have been a part of young and teenage girl’s lives since the beginning of civilization. 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.