Posts Tagged ‘costumes’

Quick Tips for a Smoother Dance Recital

Monday, November 30th, 2009

A dance recital is an exciting time for a young dancer. It’s a time for her to shine and showcase her talent, with dance routines she’s been learning and practicing for months. You may not have control over her actual performance, but there are some things you can do to help the recital go smoothly.

Plan ahead. Start planning for the recital a week or two before the actual performance. Make a list of everything you may need, such as special dance shoes, tights, costumes and accessories.

Make sure your child is rested. Recitals are tiring enough without the lack of sleep. Having your daughter sleep a little more the week of the recital will go a long way in helping her on the big day.

Keep up the energy Level. Recitals have a tendency of dragging at certain points, so make sure your child has MainStreet_Dance_Recitalplenty water or Gatorade to drink. Have their favorite snacks on hand. Make sure to bring snacks for yourself too.

Arrive to the recital on time
. Make arrangements so you can get to the performance early. You will need time to set up in the dressing room. Your child will thank you later for the extra time to calm her nerves.

Label all of your items
. Make certain that all your costumes and items are properly labeled so you can keep track of them. A lot of the other dance students could be in the same size costumes or shoes as your daughter, so labeling them will help make certain your items won’t get lost or taken on accident.

Bring something to entertain during the long stretches
. Recitals can be very exhausting for younger dancers. Packing a few quiet games (children’s game ideas) to help pass the time, such as a deck of cards, can help during the more boring parts of the recital.

Breathe
. Keep in mind that recitals normally only happen once during the year. It’s not always easy watching your child perform, but try to relax and enjoy watching your young dancer up on the stage.

Common Complaints about Halloween Costumes

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Being able to dress up in costumes is exciting and fun for many children. There are many costumes that children can decide on. Often the hardest part with Halloween costumes is narrowing your decision down to just one costume.

The right costume can make all the difference for you kids

The right costume can make all the difference for you kids

During your decision making there are some considerations you need to be aware of. Some common complaints from children may help you make the right choice in a costume. Here are our top 5 complains with Halloween Costumes that you should avoid.

1. It’s not warm enough. Now that the fall has arrived, many costumes on their own would not be a good idea. Children often times don’t want their costumes covered up, but if they are too flimsy they won’t have a choice. If you are planning on going outside make certain your children have layers underneath to keep them warm.

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Choose a Decade as a Costume Idea

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Halloween is coming soon. A good place to find costume ideas is looking at the different decades. Good adult and children’s costumes can come about.

The 1920's is a great age for Halloween costume inspiration

The 1920's is a great age for Halloween costume inspiration

Historic costumes are always a fun idea. The 1900s have a lot of costume ideas and inspiration to choose from. There are a wide variety of fashion trends.

The 1920s bring flapper dresses and gangster outfits. Men liked to wear zoot suits, black or white ties on black shirts, and gangster hats. Women preferred wearing evening or flapper dresses, feather boas and long pearl necklaces.

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Top Couple Costumes

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than dressing up together as a couple. Couples costumes are central to Halloween partying. You’re sure to have fun with these funny pairings:

geishaGeisha and Sumo Wrestler: This Japanese grouping is both beautiful and funny. Dress up in a kimono and platform sandals, with hair pulled back in a bun and a beautifully painted face. Your partner can find an inflatable sumo wrestler costume online to complete the look.

Adam and Eve: Dress up as the very first couple. Its a classic costume idea, and will definitely turn some heads. You don’t have to go as natural as they did, just add some fig leaves to your clothes and you’re set.

King Kong and Ann Darrow: Miss Darrow’s beauty charmed the beastly King Kong. Perhaps that is your story too. Any costume that looks like Marilyn Monroe will work for Ann Darrow, and a good Gorilla costume will be great for King Kong.

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Classic Halloween Costumes: Costumes that Never Go Out of Style

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Costumes seem to come in and out of style every few years. What is popular one year becomes unpopular the next. There are, however, some costumes that have remained constant through the years. Here are some of our favorites that have yet to go out of style.

Star Wars Costwitch costumeumes: Dressing up as characters from this classic movie is still a popular choice. There are a many different characters to choose from. Finding a costume in this sci-fi universe will always be considered cool.

Witch Costumes: The classic witch costume is always in style. You can make the costume as cute or as hideous as you like. Find a combination that you like and have fun with it.

Sock Hop Costumes: Dress up in a fifties costume. It’s fun and works great for children and adult alike. It’s as simple as adding a leather jacket or pink poodle skirt and you have yourself a very traditional costume.

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Dressing Up as a Family for Halloween

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Dressing up as a family can be a lot of fun. The important thing is to find a theme that would incorporate the entire family, such as movie themes or popular decades. Here are some of our favorites:Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland: This classic fairy tale has enough characters to easily fit costumes for everyone in the family. Children and parents can find characters that suit their tastes. Some characters you can choose from are Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Catepillar, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat.

Batman: If your son really wants to dress up as Batman (or another superhero) incorporate that theme for the rest of the family. There are plenty of villains to choose from, including the Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Two Face. Or if Batman would like some allies, you could choose Batgirl, Robin, or Commissioner Gordon.

Scooby-DooScooby Doo: Have the family dress up like the cartoon Scooby Doo Show. The family can choose to be Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred, and Scooby Doo. And if you need any more characters there are plenty of mystery monsters that you can get inspiration from.

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Halloween Costumes: Finding the Best Costume for Your Child

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Finding a costume for your child can be easy, especially when your child already has an idea of what they want to dress up as. But when your child doesn’t know what they want to be, having a list of questions handy may make the decision of children’s costumes a little easier. Here are some questions that may help you find the perfect costume for your child.

Getting your child excited about their costume will make everyone's Halloween easier

Getting your child excited about their costume will make everyone's Halloween easier

Does your child want to dress up as a person? Would they like to be a pirate or princess? Would they like to be a doctor or nurse? Maybe an astronaut or ballerina?

Is there a certain decade your child would like to dress up in? Would they like to dress up like a 1920s flapper? Are they excited about the idea of dressing up in a sock hop costume or poodle skirt from the 1950s?

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Halloween Costumes: Making Your Own Costume

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Buying Halloween costumes for every one in the family can be quite expensive. A cheaper way to go is to make your own costumes. There are plenty of ideas you can choose from, and many of them look just as good home-made as they would be if they were store bought.

A little sewing skills can really come in handy around Halloween

A little sewing skills can really come in handy around Halloween

Making your own costume can be as involved or easy as you wish it to be. If you are handy with a sewing machine you have an opportunity to sew a unique costume. Some costumes that are fun to sew on your own, for a fraction of the cost, are princess dresses, pirate vests, animal outfits, and poodle skirt costumes, or you can find them for very little online (hey, like at hiphop50sshop.com!).

If sewing isn’t your forte there are plenty of costumes you can make without sewing. Scrounge around your home and closet and find articles that can work together to make a fun costume. Have your son be a babe magnet by safety pinning his sister’s dolls to his clothes. Your husband can dress up as a biker with his leather jacket and bandanna.

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Halloween Safety: Enjoy Your Safe Candy

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

No one wants to think that anything could be wrong with their children’s candy that they have gathered Halloween night, but you never know. It is so important that we let our children know about candy safety during this Halloween season. Here are some good tips that I’ve been able to gather and share with my children.

Enjoy safe candy and lots of it

Enjoy safe candy and lots of it

Make sure your children don’t eat any of their candy until you can examine it safely at home. Most parents don’t want to take the time examining every piece of candy that their child has gathered, but we always need to be cautious and think of safety first.

Make sure that all the candy is safely wrapped. If it looks like it has loose wrapping or that it has been tampered with at all, throw it out. If it has an opened wrapper or if it has just a little piece of it opened, throw it out.

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Halloween Safety: Stranger Danger

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Halloween night, our children will be knocking on doors and talking to many people, including many strangers. It is always so important to teach our children how to deal or talk to strangers, especially during this season.

Have a safe and fun Halloween

Have a safe and fun Halloween

We might think that our children know how to deal with strangers because of things they’ve been taught at school or even at home. But we can never be too safe, and if our children need to be told five times to take the garbage out because they forget, we need to help them to remember even more important things like stranger safety.

Number one rule that we must teach our children is to never give out personal information to strangers. They should never be talking to older adults long enough to get into detailed conversations about family and home. Adults shouldn’t be asking these questions to little children who are just going around trick or treating.

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