Easy World Book Day Costumes – A busy mum’s survival guide
Next week is World Book Day, and that means one thing – costumes. If you dread it or love it it’s good to be prepared. Here is a survival guide from Hour Hand’s own busy mum (who happens to also be allergic to sewing) and some ideas for easy World Book Day Costumes.
Dread and joy
Do costume days at school make you break out in cold sweat? Are memories of the last one coming back to haunt you… the frantic search in the dressing up box at midnight the day before and the knowledge that really everything in there is at least 2 sizes too small. The fact that a morning disintegrates into total chaos once the children can wear anything other than uniform. The battle with the child that hates dressing up and the debate with the one that wants a full theatre costume and face paint. And your husbands helpful comment “Waste of money” or “Just give it straight to charity”?
Yes been there, done that.
But despite all of this a little bit of us is still proud of the achievement in the end. A picture for the annual calendar – there is always one with a dressing up theme on there, isn’t there? It’s a great memory. The children (mostly) like it and it’s a fun day for them.
So let’s see how we can battle through this year’s World book day costume challenge with a smile on our face and without (or at least with less) sweat.
Let’s face it, like with all things in our busy lives, being preparation is the way to survive the juggle of work, household and children. World Book Day 2017 – 2nd of March. Stick it in the diary. Set a reminder 2 weeks and 1 week before. That means you can’t forget that it is coming up. Because we all know the kids will remind you the night before.. “Mum it’s world book day tomorrow and I want to dress up as Pippi Longstocking. Do we have a wig? “
Okay so it is a bit late for the 2 week reminder but there will be other days coming up in this year’s school calendar. Check it now, stick it in. If you are lucky and your school decides not to dress up you can delete it with a smile on your face.
Costumes – the survival guide
In my world there are three ways of dealing with the costume problem.
Borrow or Buy it – Outsource it – Use their normal clothes
Borrow or Buy it – if you have a active social media parents or school network check if you pick up a second hand outfit cheaply or borrow one. If that fails and you have missed the being prepared step the dressing up shop you drive past on your way to work is your next stop. And then there is Amazon Prime – I am a great user of next day deliveries, they have saved my bacon many times.
Outsource it – I am a huge fan of outsourcing (possibly the main reason I started a Concierge Service?!). I believe everyone should work to their strengths. If sewing costumes isn’t one of yours find someone else that enjoys it and is good at it. They earn some money, while you have a costume. Everyone is a winner. You might have a keen and able grandma around, even better and lucky you!
Easy Costumes: Use their normal clothes – I am reaching the pre-teen boys stage in my
house and dressing up is about as “embarrassing” and “uncool” as it gets (apart from mum dancing that is). So there we are (admittedly last night – nearly ticking the being prepared box) going through books (them) and goggle-ing (me) to find characters in books that wear every day clothes. Brilliant! Love it! Job done!
This also comes in handy if you have been caught out with the whole dressing up thing and are doing this the night before!
Easy World Book Day costumes:
Horrid Henry – Stripy jumper and jeans
Matilda – Red hair ribbon, (blue) dress, pile of books
Tom Gates – white t-shirt (if you have time let them draw on it) take the book.
Alex Rider (Stormbreaker) – black/dark jacket/hoody, white t-shirt, trainers. If they like hair gel, today is the day to let them loose with it. If you have/can find sunglasses, even better.
Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs – blue trousers red t-shirt and some dinosaurs
Ben (Gangsta Granny) – normal clothes, Bandit Eye mask (or paint it on with face paint if you have some)
Billionaire Boy – have you just been to a family wedding and bought your little one a suit? There you go – you can use it again!
Ratburger – Your child fancies the scruffy look. Perfect. Stripy t-shirt, old trousers/jeans, sunglasses if you have, scruffy hair.
Chloe in Mr. Stink – Stripy t-shirt, jeans, trainers, (red) cardigan/coat.
Pippi Longstocking, Annie, Ron Weasley or Tintin – all great if your child has ginger hair or you happen to have a ginger wig in the bottom of the dressing up box.
Mr. Men – Mr. Bump (Blue T-shirt and trousers and some bandage), Mr. Greedy (Pink clothes with a pillow under the T-shirt)
Bad mum – good mum
Does it make you a bad mum if you buy your costume or get someone else to make it. The answer it NO. Is it going to affect your children’s happiness and chances of success in later life? NO. So don’t let the pressure get to you.
If you are lucky enough and are talented and can turn your hand to sewing, be proud and enjoy it. If you have a bit of spare time or need a little bit of extra cash, let your friends know. They might be just delighted to have a saviour in their circle of friends.
Good Luck Mums and Dads and remember enjoy the photos and embrace the madness of the morning.