As I've mentioned, I love coordinating costumes. One year, for Purim, my daughters dressed as Night and Day (actually, they did that for 2 years and I recycled it and improved it the following year when I was hugely pregnant and didn't feel like creating something too time or work intensive. When I say, "Hugely pregnant," I'm not exaggerating. See? That picture was taken at the Purim party. My daughter was born a few hours later. I kid you not!
So I hope you can understand why I went with a costume that was completely free and could be thrown together that day.
Night was super simple. She wore her favorite black dress (which I got for $3.24 on clearance at Target the year before) and black tights that we had on hand. I just rolled scotch tape and taped on yellow paper stars which she cut from construction paper. She wore a star necklace she had. I had a star of David plastic ornament in with my crafting supplies, so she grabbed that, put pink tissue paper in it and tied it to her wrist. I had yellow star-shaped ribbon which I cut and added to her shoes and tied around her wrist as a bracelet. I had hair gems I bought ages ago, but never used. They're basically just gems with the firm end of velcro on the back, so that it stuck to her hair. She also wore a headband with stars on it (which she just grabbed from her closet). She made her own mask from a paper plate and we glued a stick to it.
I went into labor at the party and we actually wrote down the times of my contractions on the back of that mask. And yes, I still have it. :-)
|close-up of the bling|
For Day, we went with lots of bright colors--think sunshine and rainbows. She wore a dress I made her the year before. It had lots of grass and flowers (and fairies) on it. We pinned a blue cloud baby blanket around her shoulders like a cape. It was pinned on with a butterfly pin that once belonged to her great great aunt. She wore lots of flowers in her hair and all the flowered jewelry she could find--including my favorite set of my own jewelery (which made her feel oh so special). She wore rainbow knee socks (which I scored for pennies on after x-mas clearance) and her brightest shoes (croc knock-offs which were $1 on clearance).
The costumes were a huge hit. They won the costume contest that night and they had a blast.
|Day and Night in a race at the Purim carnival|
Those remain, to this day, probably my favorite costumes we've ever done. You wanna win a costume contest? Go with these.