Fancy Dress Ideas
Most kids love parties. They are a great chance to hang around with school
chums outside of a school environment and a perfect opportunity to flex those
all-important social skills which develop so quickly during the teen and pre-teen
years. If you are looking for fancy
dress ideas for a kids' party, look no further.
First things first: you should be sure to consult your child before a) arranging
a theme, and b) arranging any kind of fancy
dress. Failure to consult the host of the party is both inconsiderate and
a recipe for disaster. Of course, there is the possibility that your child will
come up with an unreasonable suggestion, but this can be seen as the opening
It is often
difficult choosing appropriate costumes
for children, but, if you stick to some common sense guidelines, you won't
go too far wrong. While something like a Wonder
Woman costume would have no cultural relevance for anyone under 25, children's
costumes can cover everything from popular television programs like SpongeBob
SquarePants to perennial favourites like cowboys, princesses and spacemen.
Of course, it depends from individual to individual, but the fact is that many
children are far more up-to-date on modern trends than their parents and should
be given as much input in deciding what's 'cool' as possible! You could always
fancy dress parties as a guide, but this is risky ground.
Young children will probably not appreciate having to wear fancy
dress wigs for anything more than a couple of minutes, and these should
be avoided at parties for young children. As adults, many of us have experienced
fancy dress parties where the floor is strewn with wigs at the end of the evening/next
morning; the simple fact is that wigs are often rather uncomfortable. Many children
have low discomfort thresholds and this must be taken into account when thinking
about costumes. This is also true of full-body outfits such as many animal
costumes, which can be very uncomfortable to wear for a whole afternoon/evening.
On this note, it can be dangerous to put a young child in a mask,
because there is a risk of suffocation
(especially with rubber masks).
Many costumes aren't complete without a wacky fancy
dress hat. Where would a spaceman be without his helmet, or a witch without
her pointy, black hat and elaborate costume
When it comes to the party itself, there is every possibility that costumes
will get mixed up and you should take a note of who is wearing what when the
children arrive. The alternative is weeks of chasing missing hats, masks, gloves
Article submitted by and copyright © to Alex Hammond for Escapader Ltd. Republished with permission.