My family threw it's first quinceañera since the pandemic began this past weekend. It had been over two years since we've had a quince to go to and I was super excited. We knew that a majority of our family had already gotten vaxxed and boosted so we felt safe to party it up!

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The evening was a success. I did leave a little early, like right after the cake, but my night ended at Whataburger, so I consider that a success! We had a great time seeing our friends and family and then some people I didn't know.

It made me wonder- how many of these people are just crashing the quince? I ask that because at one point, I was a quinceañera crasher. You know of wedding crashers? Well, I crashed quinceañeras. It sounds real disrespectful at first, I know, but I have a strict set of rules I follow when I crash a quinceañera.

If you're interested in quinceañera crashing, well here are six rules to follow.

1. Make sure you know someone/get an invitation

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This is where I say it's not technically "crashing". It's more of a half-crash. My rule is you have to know at least ONE person there who invited you. It could be a tio, a cousin, a padrino or even just a parent of someone in the court- someone has to have told you that this Quinceañera was happening and told you where or handed you an invitation. You don't have to know the Quinceañera family directly to be invited- and I insist you have to be invited.

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2. Take a Gift 

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You HAVE to take a gift, you're already going to this Quinceañera where no one knows you the least you could do is take a gift!

3. Tip the Bartender 

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Louis Hansel via Unsplash
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Bartender, person who is filling up the pitcher of beer for you, we all know that these people are the real MVP's of the quince, make sure you tip them when you go get a refill of you pitcher!

4. Make friends with the Tables Around You (Especially if they have a bottle!) 

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You may not really know the people around you, but it's good to make friends with them because you'll be seeing a lot of them that evening. If they have a bottle then they'll probably share, if you took a bottle be sure to share! Which brings me to the next one...

5. Don't get too drunk and start a fight!

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Neal E Johnson via Unsplash
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Once the drinks start flowing, it's easy for tempers to fly- and in a place where you don't know a lot of people, everyone seems like your enemy. However, it won't end well for you. You're the outsider, no one will back you up! It's not your party, be cool!

6. Make Sure You're Allowed to Take the Centerpiece! 

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It's a new day and age and you can't always take the centerpiece. Although this one was great, we couldn't take it because the dance hall provided it. So, before you start to grab that centerpiece, make sure you can take it!

Follow these rules and you'll have a fun evening!

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