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Latinos Just Don’t Do Anything Basic And These Over The Top Quince Centerpieces Prove It

We Latinos aren’t the most subtle or tame when it comes to major life milestones. A standard quinceañera is the perfect place to understand that we just don’t do anything basic. Here are 25 quince centerpieces that show just how far we go to celebrate a milestone.

1. You’ve definitely seen a centerpiece like this.

CREDIT: Andrea Ojeda / Facebook

They definitely want you to know that their daughter is going to be a star. In case you weren’t sure who she was, they made sure to include a photo of their daughter on every centerpiece.

2. There is always that one quince where “15” is plastered everywhere.

CREDIT: Bodas Y Eventos CSR / Facebook

Sometimes people get confused when it comes to a quince. How old are they? Is this a birthday party? Some people have so many questions. Good thing we brought the giant “15” sign to let them know that this is a young lady’s 15th birthday party.

3. Dolls galore.

CREDIT: Carolins Princess Dresses / Facebook

Just using numbers on the centerpiece can come off as tacky. Luckily, there are dolls in carriage tops to really elevate your quince centerpiece. Plus, it looks really good if you have a doll on every table because they aren’t the cheapest.

4. Flowers on heels is always eye catching.

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Nothing says “I made it” like shoe centerpieces. They are some of the easiest centerpiece to make because you can just get a bunch of shoes from the thrift store, cover them in glitter and add some flowers. BOOM! Classy af centerpiece.

5. Candelabras are still alive and well at quince celebrations.

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Chances are there won’t be any candles in the candelabra because you don’t want to ruin the centerpiece with wax. Instead, you have to come up with a way to hang things off of the candelabra that will really make a statement, like crystals.

6. One word: Balloons!

CREDIT: Everyday Is A Fiesta / Facebook

Balloons are always a good material to use to make a centerpiece that makes a mark. Balloons are fun and colorful ways to get someone’s attention without spending a lot of money. Good thing is you can use any color you can find.

7. Lights and water make for a great centerpiece.

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If you want to make a really dramatic reveal of the birthday girl, this will allow for you to keep the lights off while everyone finds their seat. Then, when she makes the entrance, the lights go up and there she is.

8. Let them know that her future is very bright.

CREDIT: Fiesta Party Shop And Rental / Facebook

Imagine lighting all of these candles on every table. Yeah. That’s never going to happen. You don’t want to ruin all of the little bows and how is your abuela going to be able to keep it if you burn it?

9. A favorite animal is always a good place to start.

CREDIT: Irma Cortez / Facebook

Anything the quinceañera wants, the quinceañera gets. Nothing is too much for the young woman on her special day. She’ll probably even get brought to her quince on horse back.

10. Miniature dresses for the flowers is a nice touch.

CREDIT: Josy’s Creations / Facebook

While everyone else is wearing some basic dresses and suits, the quinceañera is always going to shine. Having all of her centerpieces match her is definitely going to make her shine more. Basically, she will be seen as a trend setter.

11. The more elements you can include the better.

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As you can see, here we have a doll framed with a giant feather and some well place tulle. Of course, there has to be something that is unexpected so some zebra print ribbon is definitely the way to go.

12. Did we already mention the love of stars?

CREDIT: Leah’s Party Decor / Facebook

Once again we are seeing the use of a star to show just how amazing the quinceañera is. She is a star. She is the best. She is the reason everyone is here tonight so you need to show her love.

13. “Wicked” reimagined as a centerpiece.

CREDIT: Magnolia Event Center / Facebook

We aren’t sure if “wicked” was the inspiration for this centerpiece but it is really easy to see how the two could be from the same thought. The black and the green definitely give you the vibe of the incredible Broadway show.  It isn’t just the centerpieces that are outrages. Here’s a look at some over-the-top quinceañera photoshoots.

14. Neon is never to be overlooked.

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You don’t even have to light these things to see them shine. If you ever lose power in your home for whatever reason, you’ll be happy to have these stashed away in one of your drawers.

15. Vases with flowers inside will wow any crowd.

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They don’t have to be real flowers. That’s a little pro tip for all of you out there. Some nice satin flowers inside the vase will draw the guest’s eye to the centerpiece.

16. It’s never wrong to block someone’s view with the centerpiece.

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Now, you might think that making a centerpiece that obstructs someone’s view is annoying, but it is not a faux pas move. This will get people up on their feet to watch the dance and really get into it.

17. Give them something they can wear later.

CREDIT: Raquel’s Party Decorations / Facebook

First, let’s go ahead a celebrate this young man’s quince. Second, how great is it to get a hat when you enter a room? There is never a wrong time to give people hats. As long as the sun is shining, people will need to cover their eyes.

18. Halloween costumes for the frugal partygoer.

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If your quince is close to Halloween, give the guests a party favor to wear on the special night. Plus, it’ll be pretty cool to see an army of your quince guests take over social media to remind you of your wonderful night.

19. If dolls are too simple, why not stuffed animals.

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A nice teddy bear will go a long way. Everyone needs a teddy bear whether to put on their own bed or to give to someone else as a gift. But, if we are bing honest, we know that the bear will stay in the balloon until the air leaks out and it is preserved forever.

20. Sometimes you just have to use giant pillars of light.

CREDIT: Subsonic Event DJs / Facebook

Lighting is the most important part of getting a quince going. You don’t want any photos of the honoree in a bad light. The best way to make things work out for the quinceañera is to make sure that there is always ample lighting at the table.

21. The faux shoe is a money saver and super stylish.

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The benefit of this is that you make the party look super stylish and you save money. Just add glitter, plastic pearls and a mirror and it is suddenly the fanciest centerpiece ever.

22. Once again, all the tulle that didn’t make the dress goes to the centerpiece.

CREDIT: Vestidos De 15 / Facebook

This really serves two purposes. One, you get to save money on reusing a material you have extra of. Two, it makes for a great theme since you know the colors will perfectly match the dress.

23. Disney inspo for the centerpiece is appreciated.

CREDIT: Vestidos De 15 / Facebook

She might be turning into a young woman but she is still only 15. Why not give her a little bit of nostalgia on her big day. Maybe her favorite movie is “Beauty and the Beast” and, if so, this centerpiece is perfect.

24. A literal carriage.

CREDIT: Vivian’s Formal Wear / Facebook

Show your princess that she is an actual princess. There are probably places you can go to get dolls made to look like your quince for the special day. Bonus points if the quince actually arrives in the same carriage irl.

25. Shining bright like a diamond.

CREDIT: VL Designs / Facebook

Because Rihanna is not the only woman that shines like a diamond.

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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