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Dressing Up the Kids: Top Costume Tips



Fancy dress parties for children are becoming increasingly popular, largely due to celebrities sharing pictures of their children dressed up in various costumes on social media sites such as Twitter, as reported in The Daily Mail , and it looks like it's a trend that's not going anywhere in a hurry. 

The words fancy dress can strike fear into the hearts of parents. What is your child going to dress up as? Do you buy a costume or should you make it yourself? Where can you get the materials and, quite frankly, where are you going to find the time to put this marvellous creation together? Don't panic! Finding a fancy dress outfit doesn't have to become a drama!

Dressing up the kids can be great fun. Get them involved, they love it; it really captures their imagination, and can do wonders for their social skills too. They can be anything from a pirate to fairy princess, a popular cartoon character or their favourite animal – the possibilities are endless! Websites such as www.ebay.co.uk hold an abundance of children’s dressing up costume inspiration, including full fancy dress, and various materials and accessories to really bring your costume to life. 

Parenting website Parentdish states the importance of planning and preparation for producing a good costume. The first thing to consider when planning a fancy dress costume for your child is the theme. Is your child dressing up for a particular event, such as World Book Day, or is it simply a fancy dress birthday party? A good place to start looking for ideas is parenting forums such as Mumsnet or Netmums, and chatting to other parents is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and swap tips. 

Stocking up 

Keep your child’s dressing up box well stocked. This doesn't have to be expensive, just keep any wacky items you somehow find in your possession, such as novelty sunglasses, scarves, deely boppers, leg warmers – they will come in handy later. Look in your wardrobe – things that may be destined for the charity shop could be ideal for your child to play dressing up with. That white shirt that no longer fits could be fashioned into a doctor’s overall, and little girls love nothing more than dressing up in one of mum’s dresses. Headbands are a handy item to have too, should you need to create “ears” in a hurry, and tights are always great for last-minute animal tails! 

Don't be afraid to buy second hand. You can grab bargains on second hand websites, at car boot sales, and charity shops – they are an Aladdin’s Cave of items. You can buy costume jewellery, hats and feather boas for pennies – all great, fun accessories for a dressing-up box. 

Dressing up is a great way to encourage imaginative play as it's a fun, creative, and an important part of childhood. Who doesn’t remember playing dress up and loving it – running around with one of your mum’s scarves wrapped around your head provided hours of fun? Let your child’s imagination run wild, it's a joy to watch.

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5 comments

  1. Haha I love dressing holly up. Great post!!
    L x
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  2. I pick up bits and bobs when I see them reduced to make costumes for the future x

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  3. She is so pretty! x

    Mummy's lil cupcake ;)

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  4. Fancy dresses are becoming popular in every field we can wear in parties and functions childern looks very pretty in fancy dresses.fancy dresses are can strike fear into the hearts of parents.

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  5. kids looking so beautiful in fancy dresses . Get more ideas for kids fancy dress

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