After Friday night’s egg throwing egg-stravaganza (geddit?), the Street Fair proper opened on Saturday with the Children’s Parade and fancy dress competition. This year’s theme was ‘60 years - the Best of British’ and the boys were very keen to dress up.
We thought long and hard about what to go as and Xavi did the normal thing of grabbing the nearest item to him and suggesting that. In recent times, this has included place mats and sofas, but this time, he pointed triumphantly to a bottle of HP sauce and declared his search for a Best of British costume over.
And it was. A genius idea was born. Xav would go as a bottle of HP sauce and Louis as a jar of Colman’s mustard. Both quintissentially British no?
So on Thursday last week, we put scissor to paper, fast-tack to card and brains in gear to make our costumes. This is what we did:
We designed the costumes on paper first - so much easier with a plan the boys could follow.
Then we assembled everything we would need.
We made an inner 'vest’ tube for the outer HP sauce bottle shape to attach to. We added straps with paper pins for it sit on Xavi’s shoulders.
Then we cut out two large bottle shapes from brown card and two smaller label shapes from blue card and started work on the graphics. I must admit, I was pretty much solo-flying at this point, save the odd 'have you finished yet Mum?’ from them and a few random swear words from me.
We then attached the bottle shapes to the front and back of the inner 'vest’ and made a quick lid hat from white paper and hey presto, Mr HP Sauce’s costume was finished.
We made Louis’ mustard suit in a very similar way, just a slightly different shape to the front and back and a yellow lid.
With the addition of sauce and mustard clothing underneath, I think they turned out really well…
And so too it appears did the judges. The Street Fair was opened by Silent Witness actor Tom Ward who also judged the fancy dress competition and awarded the boys first prize in the Group Entry category!
Mustard and Sauce receive the spoils of their victory and mummy affords herself a slightly self-satisfied grin…