Fancy dress is one of the many, many banes of my life.
World Book Day is this Thursday. Every year the school gives the kids a theme for fancy dress, the parents are told not obsess over it and not to spend any money. This is fine if you are all creative and able to sew … and have lots of fabric hanging about … and clothes in every colour of the rainbow … and have a wealth of accessories from nursery rhymes to woodland creatures and back over the hill to TV characters from the 80’s.
I have none of these things.
Our fancy dress comprises a donkey (aged 2-3), Rudolf (aged 2-3), a Cinderella dress (aged 4-5) and let’s not forget the strap-on Baloo head from the Jungle Book (one size fits all).
I am stuffed.
Yesterday morning in the playground I heard a vicious rumour that the theme was ‘hedgehogs’. I had panicked thoughts at work all day of making a hedgehog outfit. Then I realised it was easy, the 5 year old could wear brown, which is fine if you have any brown clothing, and then I would stuff several brown socks with I don’t know what and sew them onto the back of her top to make spikes.
But, then I realised that my daughter would look less hedgehog and more like Mummy Poo giving her baby poos a piggy back to school.
The vicious rumour turned out to be true, but for Year 2 pupils. My daughter is in Year 1 *insert raucous cackle*.
So last night a letter arrived home saying they had finally decided on the theme and it would be … Aliens in Underpants. So now I am looking for head boppers and some large y-fronts.
The only good thing I can think about that theme is that at least it isn’t hedgehogs. That could scar a child for life. Having said that, I can’t wait to see all the Year 2 Mummy poos giving their babies a piggy back to school.