But two days before the costume rehearsal, waley pa kaming costume!!! So I just thought, "Okay, worst comes to worst, mag-barong nalang siya! Filipino costume!"
That night, I checked Pinterest and picked two costumes that I felt were doable: Mexican boy and American cowboy. My friends Patty and Sheila voted for Mexican.
So this was my peg:
|Photo from Pinterest (obvious ba?!)|
- Sombrero--check! I have a beach hat I got for Boracay a few years ago.
- Maracas--check! I can borrow from my sister-in-law who has these for her Sunday School kids.
I surveyed my cabinet for anything that I can turn into a Mexican poncho. After about half an hour of looking and racking my brains for poncho ideas, I found a clothing piece of mine (I don't even know what it's called) which I recently got from TJ Maxx in the US. I've worn it only twice (mostly because I eventually found it weird), so I was more than willing to tear it and repurpose it to become a part of Jaden's costume. The thing was red-orange and beige, and even had fringes on the sides. Jackpot.
With the help of Jaden's nanny, and a dozen of safety pins, we transformed this into a child's poncho! Hooray!!
Next, the sombrero. I couldn't decide how to tweak it. For the life of me, hindi ko maisip kung paano ko gagayahin yung nasa peg. Art paper ba yun? Paint? What?!
In the end, I just printed a Mexican flag and stuck it with double-sided tape on the hat. Lol.
I was able to ask my SIL for the maracas, but because I was cramming all of these, I didn't have time to pick them up. Ergo... the guitar idea!
This ukelele was my parent's pasalubong from... no, not Mexico... Hawaii! I covered the face with coloured paper so that it will look Mexican and will complement my son's (super improvised) costume.
I assessed the whole costume and concluded that it should be good enough. Hindi na siguro ako maju-judge na bad mommy. Haha.
What do YOU think?
I was so happy with how the costume turned out. And I couldn't be prouder of how my son strutted his stuff onstage.
After the parade, the teachers handed out awards to the children. Jaden asked me, "Am I gonna win, Mom?" I said, "I don't know, we'll see," then prayed to high heavens that he would. Competitive yun eh... ewan ko ba kung kanino nagmana ;)
I honestly didn't know if Jaden's costume was even winnable. His classmates wore nice ones; a couple of kids were even in authentic kimonos! Sa totoo lang, parang kami lang yung puro perdible at colored paper.
But I guess being "unique" pays off because...
Jaden won Best in Costume! :)