The Sans Souci staff can help you select and arrange the appropriate decorations, party favors and refreshments. With our years of event planning experience, we can make your quinceañera a success. For more information about renting out our ballroom, contact us today!
If you are looking for an impressive venue for your quinceañera you’ll love Sans Souci Ballroom, conveniently located on State Highway 249 in Houston. Visitors to Sans Souci are astounded from the moment they step inside of our entryway, which is spacious enough to accommodate registration, receptions and networking services. Our ballroom space has enough seating to accommodate up to 1,000 guests, while our outdoor gazebo can seat up to 300.
Throughout the Americas, many Latinos embrace a unique celebration that combines familial, social and religious traditions. This celebration is known as the quinceañera, a word that translates to “fifteen year old” in English. The quinceañera celebrates a girl’s fifteenth birthday as she embarks on the physical, mental and emotional journey from girlhood to womanhood. In many parts of the world the quinceañera is also referred to as fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años, quinceañero or simply quince. While the word quinceañera is used in many Spanish-speaking countries to refer specifically to the fifteen-year-old female who is at the center of the celebration, the word as it is used in the U.S. usually refers to the celebration itself.
The quinceañera dates back to ancient Aztec culture when it was used as a rite of passage for fifteen year olds of both genders. Many modern-day quinceañeras honor their Aztec origins by incorporating indigenous traditions along with those from Spanish Catholicism. At the same time, the celebration has evolved to account for today’s tastes. For instance, the quinceañeras held today, particularly in the U.S., focus on making sure the girl has the right hair, clothes and makeup for the occasion. Families invest significant sums of money to ensure that all aspects of the celebration, from the ballroom to the party refreshments and favors, are of the highest quality. In this respect, the quinceañera celebrations of today resemble the debutante balls and Sweet Sixteen celebrations held in the U.S. and many other Western countries.
The quinceañera as we know it today has its origins in Texas and the southwest region of the U.S. Between the 1960s and 1980s, immigrants of Latino descent entered the country and added their cultures and traditions to the proverbial melting pot. Their assimilation into mainstream American society inspired a unique blend of rites and customs that became a part of the quinceañera. With its mixture of North American, Central American and Latin American traditions, the quinceañeras celebrated in the U.S. exhibit a sense of pride in country and culture not seen anywhere else. These traditions have also found expression in other countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, French Guiana and the French Caribbean, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The cross-cultural exchange between countries has helped make the quinceañera more popular throughout the world than ever before. Over the years tastes have changed in terms of dresses the girls wear, the music they dance to and the people chosen for the Court of Honor (known as damas and chambelanes). Because it has evolved with the times while still retaining its traditional core, the quinceañera has been able to survive and even thrive thousands of years after it was first invented. When you attend a quinceañera today in any part of the Americas, you may never have realized that it is so steeped in history, for they are vibrant, colorful affairs that celebrate all that is great about Latino and American cultures.