Halloween may be months away still, but there are plenty of reasons to dress up in late winter and early spring! If your child has a birthday on the horizon, why not throw a costumed theme party? There’s nothing little ones love like dressing up, and with the weather at this time of year so unpredictable, it makes sense to give the children an activity that they can do indoors. The only problem is choosing what type of dress-up theme to best suit your party. Here are a few general categories to help you get started.
One of the best ways to welcome the impending change in season is with a springtime or garden-themed party. This gives kids plenty of dress-up options to choose from, whether it’s dressing in pastel shades or greenery. Potential costume ideas for this theme could include flowers, bugs, or fairies. If you prefer to hang on to the wintry vibes for a bit longer, think of using a winter wonderland costume theme instead.
Book and movie characters
One of the tried and true costume ideas for any kids party, regardless of the season, is a character party. Children love dressing up as their favourite movie, book, or comic characters. You could narrow this down further by giving the party a superhero-theme, a Disney-theme, or a book character theme. Otherwise, giving it a general “character” theme lets kids flex their imaginations and showcase their individuality. (And at the same time it lets parents reuse old World Book Day or Halloween costumes to save money!)
Animal costumes are also perennially popular, and it tends to fit with the garden season. If throwing an animal party, you can expect to see children dressed up as everything from spiders to foxes. Animal costumes have the benefit of being easy to make at home. All you need is a bit of felt or fabric to fashion some fluffy ears and a tail. There are plenty of patterns online for those who know their way around a sewing machine, or you can find animal costumes at any fancy dress shop.
For something a bit more comical, consider throwing a kids’ party with a retro theme. From the swinging 60’s to the roaring 20’s, there’s plenty of inspiration. Choose a decade or time period first, and then let children dress up to suit the retro theme. Polyester leisure suits, disco outfits, and mini flappers look adorable on small children and you can have loads of fun with the party décor as well. This type of costume is also good for parents on a budget, because you can usually find bits and pieces of vintage-inspired costumes at second hand shops.
Finally, if you peruse fancy dress ideas at Funidelia or other costume shops you’ll probably notice an abundance of fairy tale themes for kids. This type of party never goes out of style. Kids can dress like fairy princesses of course, but don’t forget classic characters like Jack and the beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, or the Frog Prince. There’s a lot to choose from, and kids get excited by stepping out in fairy-inspired outfits.
Naturally, the best option will depend on your child’s interests, but these are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing!