This Thursday is World Book Day; the annual event when children across the UK will be heading to their schools and nurseries dressed up as the characters from their favourite books in order to celebrate all things literary!
We're a family of readers - our nightly bedtime story is one of the highlights of our day - plus it's no secret that we love fancy dress, so World Book Day is a Pretty Big Deal in our house. As a busy, single, working mum I'm not ashamed to admit that I just don't have the time to make a costume from scratch. And besides, along with the majority of the population's girls aged 3 and 6, my kiddos are both rather partial to a sparkly princess dress - and there's no way my sewing skills* are capable of managing anything even remotely princessy.
*I have absolutely no sewing skills.
So when it comes to fancy dress, be it for World Book Day, or Tudor Day (that was last half term) or a costume party, we love ASDA! They always have a massive range to choose from (online as well as in store) and the prices are brilliant. By the time I'd bought all the bits and pieces to dress Daisy up as Alice in Wonderland I'd have spent well over the £14 price tag of the ready made shebang. (And I definitely couldn't have managed a home made version of Snow White's gorgeous frock!).
In actual fact, I now head there for all the girls' Disney costumes. When we were in Disneyland Paris a couple of years ago we bought an Elsa dress that cost £60. It may have had a couple of extra sequins but the quality was no better than the cheaper licensed products available in our supermarkets - and they are always a quarter to a third of the price!
So if you're looking for a last minute outfit for this Thursday, pop down to your local store (or look online here) and grab your kiddos something brilliant and affordable and READY MADE. Just think, you could drink a gin + tonic or two (or possibly even four, depending on whether your sewing skills are on a par with mine) in the time it would take you to knock something up yourself! ;)
Just before I sign off, what blog post would be complete without a picture from the cutting room floor? For every half decent photograph I take of these two little herberts, I get about a million of these! They do make me laugh though.