*Proud Parent Alert* My most ingenious ideas have come to me with only an evenings notice (yes, of course I ignored the original letter) and on each occasion
The first costume that created ripples around the primary school was when son #1 went as James from The Snowman (Who? The little boy that build The Snowman, of course!). That was simple - a pair of plaid pyjamas, a warm dressing gown, slippers and a small cuddly snowman. Sadly, no photograph exists of this amazing creation as it was cobbled together in the short space of time (7 minutes?) between breakfast and leaving the house at 8.30am.
This book was "Treasure Island" (well, Jake thought he was Jack Sparrow but we'll gloss over that for a few minutes).
Our model is wearing mummy's holiday bandana with "Ibiza" printed randomly across it, mummy's glittery "going out" scarf, mummy's work blouse and jacket with the sleeves rolled up, mummy's belt from her jeans and another of mummy's glittery "going out" scarves. Our model is wearing his own jeans and trainers and adopts an appropriate "AH-HAR" stance.
Next we have "Cat In The Hat". This 'favourite' took slightly more planning time. For this one, we started at approximately 7.30pm on the Wednesday night and finished at around 11.00pm The model had his picture taken at 8.15am the next day.
The hat is constructed from a pizza box base
Four pieces of A4 paper sellotaped together and then painted with pink poster paint
(we had no red)
All randomly stuck together and plonked on child's head
(please take note of how incredibly excited said child is to be wearing this hat)
Here we have the model wearing his own black t-shirt, black cords, and black pumps. He is also wearing his sister's black fingerless gloves. The white "tummy" was a haphazardly cut piece of white A4 printer paper, snatched from daddy's printer. The neckerchief is the bottom three inches of mummy's second favourite red top.
So the key is not to plan anything until the night before, at the earliest. First prizes all round... kudos in the school playground... brilliant pictures for the slideshow at the child's 18th birthday part. Everyone is a winner.
Now, I need some inspiration for this year...