We started with:
a pile of an assortment of fabrics and scarves in the center of the room
6 high energy kids
3 weary moms
A couple of dozen Hamantashen.
We ended up with:
2 gorgeous queen Esters
one fierce yet sensitive tiger
a strong Batman
another very strong Batman/ Zorro
someone that looked like a gypsy
an eclectic dancer
a belly dancer
the cutest baby in the world (really)
the one who couldn’t decide what to be.
And a couple of Hamantashen (Oren ate most of them)
We made very simple outfits by wrapping ourselves with fabrics belts and scarves.
To make the dresses we took a large rectangle peace of fabric, we held it behind our backs with our hands stretched out (imagine when you start to wrap your self with a towel). We brought our hands to the front and crossed our hands around our neck and tied the ends of the fabric in the back behind our necks.
The result is a haltered dress. We tied scarves around the waist, and added a sparkly overcoat (see instructions here and here)
After finishing with the makeup we were ready for the entertainment part of the evening – the show:
We started telling the story of Purim and the kids were improvising as we went along. It was too much fun. Between the 3 moms we almost got the story right. Luckily we had the kids to correct us. If you need a reminder of the story you may open the Torah or read my previous post - a 'once upon a time story' with some new insight
The afternoon was such a success; we all had a great time. I think the key was NOT PLANNING, we kept it open ended and just went with the flow.
for those of you who hesitate, I will send you off with some encouragement: BE BRAVE, and have a dress up party for your kids, I know you can do it.
For more structured guidelines, templates and instructions you may ready my post from last year: “A Purim dress-up party”
I am looking forward to hear the stories from your dress up party.