So what happens when the party's over? For the Delgado family of Selah, they feel a combination of relief and gratitude for everyone who helped pull it together. Vereniz Delgado had her quinceañera late in June and she and her family finally have time to relax, after years of planning. Her mother, Nubia, says "I can sleep a little bit more. No more waking up at 3 o'clock in the morning, looking at Amazon. I had some sleepless nights." Vereniz is also relieved. "I was like - thank God it's done. Two years of planning - that's a lot of time!"
Both of them say the quince was everything they had dreamed. Vereniz started talking about it when she was five years old, so Nubia was prepared. "In our culture, it's just something normal," she says. Each has a special moment that will stay in their hearts. Vereniz' favorite memory? "After my dance was done, after everyone was done eating, we all just got on the dance floor and started dancing." She and her court of 15 also loved the Hummer limo that ferried them around that day. It was so packed, some kids had to sit on the floor. But they didn't care. They were jamming to Taylor Swift.
Nubia's favorite memory is the way her family and fellow church members came together to help. Her husband Ernesto, who has a restaurant background, cooked for all 250 party guests. "The man's a genius," she says. But he didn't do it alone. Nubia's still bowled over by all the help they received from their church. Ernesto's life group leader came that morning to help with the cooking and setup.
Church members volunteered in droves to help serve. Someone ran and bought bottled water when Nubia realized they forgot it. She tears up with gratitude and amazement at how much they are loved. "So much support from church family and blood family," she says. "We literally could not have gotten through it without them. It was just something beautiful to sit back and say wow. This is our church family." Another highlight was reuniting with her best friend from high school, who she hadn't seen in 25 years.
Now that it's over, it's time to think of the future. They stuck to their budget of $10,000, but there's college in the future. Vereniz will be a sophomore next year. She wants to be a pediatric nurse, a teacher, or maybe an FBI agent. She plans to go to college early through Running Start. Nubia's already budgeting.
Vereniz says she'll be working to improve herself, after being inspired by the religious lessons that go along with the quince. "I realized there are some things I have to change in my life that would make me a better person." I ask her if she feels like a grown woman now and she laughs and shakes her head. "I'm still in high school, I'm still a child."
That's just fine with her dad Ernesto, who's already thinking about cooking for her wedding and tells her "You better not get married for at least 10 years!"