A quinceanera is a traditional Mexican birthday celebration, as well as, a religious Catholic ceremony. Our Mexican culture celebrates a young girl's fifteenth birthday as she becomes a responsible young lady. The young lady gives thanks to the Lord for helping her get to this special age, and she receives a blessing from our priest at church and then it goes on to a meal and ends with a dance. The young lady usually receives gifts: a ring, a bracelet, a medallion, a crown, a rosary and bible, a guest book and photo album, and her last doll, from Padrinos of her choice. These gifts are blessed, also, and will always be very meaningful to the young lady.
Estrellita (Star) Longoria celebrated her fifteenth birthday on Saturday, February 7, 2009. She is the daughter of Angel and Hyman Arredondo. She wore a DaVinci dress from Eduardo's in San Antonio, Texas. It was white with a beaded, pearl bodice and full-beaded pearl skirt. Isabel Rivera did her hair in a swept up look with curls.
Estrellita's court girls were dressed in Bubble gum pink, turquoise, and lilac. They wore short dressees with matching satin dyed wedge heel shoes. Boys were in black tuxedo pants and shoes, white shirts, and coordinating colored bow ties and vests that matched with the girls dresses.
Girls: Mary Whitworth, Colbie Crowe, Jenny Smith, Ayla Reyes, Kaitlyn Cavness, Alyssa Herrera, Krista Morquecho, Katy Castillo, Alexa Menchaca, Chrishaunna Carrington, Alicia Perez, MariAna Marquez, Veronica Torres, Kylie Artega. Boys: Jacob Bibb, Alec Menchaca, Maige Hamilton, Clay Walker, Andy Duarte, Drigo Martinez, Eric Martinez, Jake Newsom, L.A. Villareal, Raul Silgero, Jonathan Burgess, Ducie Carrington, and Ricky Haas.
Estrellita celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the Mason Community Building. A guest book and photo album were given to Estrellita by Nikita Hernandez and were placed at the door for guests to sign. The building was decorated in a Royal Tuscan style. The tables were adorned in the 3 colors of the dresses and accented with gold table clothes. The decorations were from Petal Patch here in Mason. The evening started with her padrinos presenting her with some special gifts. She received a ring from her baptismal Padrino, John Sanchez from Fredericksburg, Texas, a crown from Stephanie and Jesse Hernandez, a bracelet from Diane and Robert Aguero, a medallion from Trey Ramon and Amanda Garcia, earrings from Charlie Ramon, a rosary and bible from Miguel and Marisol Dominguez. Then grace was given by her uncle Trey, and the evening meal of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread was served with tea. The spaghetti was fixed by Barbara Tatsch and the salad by Willow Creek. Tantha Lange, Lindsi Clark, and Brenda Heredia served Estrellita and her court and then the guests lined up to be served. A three tier cake with lilac icing and pineapple filling was served after the meal. The cake was baked by Melinda's Cakes from Austin, Texas. Music was played throughout the evening. Music was provided by Tejano Mix DJ from Junction, Texas from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Estrellita and other family members left the party and went to St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she is choir leader on Saturdays and went to 7:00 mass. During this time Father Gabriel gave Estrellita a blessing and the Virgin Mary was serenaded. At 9:00 pm DJ Pete from Mason took over. The court and Estrellita were presented and at that time, she was presented with her last doll which was given to her by her great grandmother, Delfina Martinez. Next a song was played, recorded by Hyman (step-dad), and Estrellita danced with her stepfather, her grandfather, stepbrother, uncles and some cousins. The court and Estrellita then entertained everyone with a hip-hop dance to a song called "Low". From then on, DJ Pete played his music until 1:00 am.
There were a number of people that helped in various ways: invitations, cake, music, and just to decorate the building. It is part of our Mexican culture to pitch-in, in every possible way for any kind of celebration, and it was done here for us.
Estrellita's family would like to thank everyone that helped, however big, however small, or just being there with us and making this a very memorable quinceanera for our daughter, granddaughter, niece. Mason never stops amazing us--THANK YOU!