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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19