Oct. 6, 2016
Finally, it’s the month of October! October is a pretty busy month for me because, aside from being my birth month, October is packed with school activities like United Nations Day and Trick or Treat.
Very soon, Zuri will be celebrating United Nations Day at school with her classmates, their teachers and some parents, too. The country assigned to their class is Greece. On United Nations Day, Zuri and her classmates will come to school wearing Greek costumes. They will also bring Greek food to be shared by everyone.
Since Rupert and I made a promise of frugality for the months of October and November (except on my birthday), spending too much on Zuri’s costume is out of the question. Thank goodness, there’s Youtube! I saw a video on how to make a Greek costume using only a white sheet of cloth, which may be a curtain or blanket or just about anything one already has at home. No cutting or sewing needed. For her accessories, Zuri will use her old gold belt and my long necklace as a headband. I will also let her borrow my earrings. For her shoes, Zuri will use her baby pink Gladiator sandals which we just recently bought from The SM Store at SM City Cabanatuan on my birthday. Gold sandals will look way better with her outfit, but she does not have gold sandals and we’re sticking to our low-cost policy. 🙂
We did a dress rehearsal yesterday, just to make sure I will be able to pull off the whole no-sewing, curtain-turned-costume thing without a glitch. Check out her look below. 🙂
Pretty neat for something that cost me nothing, huh? 🙂 And I won’t have to cut the curtain or anything to make this costume, so I will still be able to use the curtain later on. 🙂
When we did the dress rehearsal yesterday, I did not have hairpins so I was not able to try to secure the necklace on Zuri’s thin hair. Zuri told me that they will perform a surprise dance number. I realize that it is important to make sure that her costume and all her accessories will be securely in place for the duration of the United Nations Day program, especially during their dance performance.
Today, I bought hairpins (PHP 10) from a street vendor to help me secure Zuri’s hair accessory. Just in case the hairpins can’t secure my necklace on Zuri’s thin hair, I will just let her use these cheap headbands that I bought from the same street vendor at PHP 20 each. 🙂 We’ll play with these headbands and see which combination will best complete her look. Aside from safety pins, I will also use a black elastic hair tie with pearls and gold details (PHP 10) to help secure Zuri’s costume on the shoulder.
I originally wanted to spend nothing, as in PHP 0, on Zuri’s costume, but I think an additional PHP 80 for accessories isn’t bad. 🙂
For the food, I will prepare tiny servings of Greek Salad. For the ingredients, I will use Emborg Feta in Oil with Herbs and Olives, tomato slices and cucumber bits. I will serve the salad in small plastic containers, the same size as the ones used as ketchup container in fast food restaurants.
I bought one 300g jar of Emborg Feta in Oil with Herbs and Olives at PHP 197 from a grocery store. What I like about this product is that it already comes with a tasty marinade which will also be my dressing for the salad.
To prepare tiny servings for preschoolers, I will serve the salad in small plastic containers the size of ketchup containers in fast food restaurants. I bought one pack of these small plastic containers with covers at PHP 18/25-piece pack.
I will post a photo of my simple Greek salad here once I’m done making it. 🙂
Total spending for United Nations Day (costume + food): PHP 350 🙂
Oct. 7, 2016
Here is Zuri’s final look for United Nations Day! 🙂 I know I said this is supposed to be a no-sew costume, but I actually ended up sewing a little bit here and there just to make sure the costume was securely in place, especially during the performances.
Zuri ended up using the pink and gold headband that I bought from a street vendor for PHP 20 instead of using my necklace as her hair accessory. She also used one pink jewel ring and two gold bracelets which we made ourselves from one of her jewelry making kits. She borrowed my earrings and wore her old gold belt and own baby pink gladiator sandals. 🙂
And here are the tiny servings of Greek salad that I prepared for the Kinder class. 🙂
United Nations Day was a very happy event. I couldn’t be prouder! My little Zuri joined in four performances. Good job, Zuri! 🙂
Are you preparing for your little one’s United Nations Day, too? I’d love to hear about it. 🙂
Thanks for dropping by! 🙂
XOXO, Mommy Kay
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