Last week I received an email from Boo’s nursery with information that has sent me into a total frenzy.
The nursery children will be taking part in a local carnival on the first weekend in July in, wait for it, fancy dress.
I can feel your sharp intake of breath and your sympathetic head shakes as you read this.
It is basically a mine field of unspoken protocol which, if you get wrong, could affect your child’s life.
The theme is storybook characters.
Do I go for the handmade outfit and risk it going wrong?
I have a long history of much effort in these areas with little, actual success.
Would a photo of her in a handmade Gruffalo outfit make her the laughing stock for years to come?
The other option is to buy a costume but would this make me look like I’m taking the easy option? It is inevitable the easier option but will I look unimaginative?
I feel like Boo’s whole nursery experience could be compromised by this one possible, faux pas.
I have Googled book character fancy dress (thank goodness for Google). Disney inevitably comes up and we do have a lovely Cinderella dress. I just don’t think Disney characters are classed as books. Yes, they’ve created books of them since the Disney films but, as in the case of Snow White, I can’t imagine the Brother’s Grimm version of Snow White is like the beautiful Disney version.
I quite fancied putting Boo in a pink and white striped dress and sending her as Milly Molly Mandy. We picked up a vintage box set in a charity shop and I love reading the stories at bedtime. However would people know who she was? I expect not.
The Gruffalo and the Hungry Caterpillar-both great choices seem a bit boyish to the mother who loves pink (not the child-the mother).
I still haven’t decided what to get for Boo. At three I don’t think she would understand if I asked her and, if she did tell me, would probably say Minnie which would go against my belief that Disney animals are not ‘real’ book characters.
I have looked at what we have and the choices are: Mary (as in Jesus’ mum). I picked this up in the sale at Sainsburys last years and it comes with a baby Jesus-not quite the season though is it? A Spanish dress which someone brought Boo off their holiday-but is there a book character that wears a Spanish dress? Oh and the Cinderella one-which comes under Disney.
I am undecided as yet whether to make or buy but it would help if I could agree on a character.
I think I am going to situate myself near our book cases and try and find some inspiration.
What would you do?