This weekend was Purim is Israel (what can be most described as the Jewish equivalent of Halloween). It is one of my favorite holidays. As I child I remember waking up excited to wear the costume my mother prepared for me each year. As a mother myself, I wanted to give Lily the same experience.  This year, Lily, which will soon turn 3, chose to dress up as a flamingo (out of a few options I gave her). I tried to make a costume for her that would be pretty, but comfortable enough to play and dance in.

On a pink body suit I bought I sewed lines of delicate feathers. I tied straps of tul fabric in 4 shades of pink on an elastic cord to create her skirt. I wrapped a thick plastic headband with pink lycra and glued a beak I sewed from felt, two Styrofoam balls for eyes and some more feathers on top. Lily’s costume took only about two hours to make. I used a sewing machine which made the process quicker, but it could quit easily be made using glue and some hand stitching. She loved her costume and spent the whole day wearing it. While Lily was celebrating with her friends at kindergarten, Aviv and I put on our costumes – big flamingos. If your are wondering how I managed to convince him to dress up in pink – I can tell you it was his idea. I prepared our costumes from the left over materials from Lily’s costume and added collars made of pink feathers. At noon we picked her up and went strolling around Tel Aviv in our costumes, having fun and watching all the great costumes around.

On our way we met a lovely photographer named Adam Shilo, who took wonderful pictures of us and was kind enough to offer to email them to me.     Happy Purim!