Ds2 has to be a ... wait for it... MINCE PIE in his Nativity play. Costume help, please, please!

(44 Posts)
wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:43:29

Can anyone think how to create a mince pie costume for ds2? Big cardboard hat? Or just a cutout of a mincepie tied around his neck? Would like to be a bit more creative than that, but within reason..

Blu Mon 10-Nov-08 15:44:41

Oh lord...I have to laugh!

Sorry grin

But the most actual help i can offer is to BUMP!

brown jumper and trousers, two round beige cushions tied on his front and back - and a beanie hat with a bit of holly on it?

thought not...... grin

Blu Mon 10-Nov-08 15:47:01

OK - make or acquire a basic white tunic, paint with fabric paint to look like mince pie - but paint tlook as if a big bite has been taken out of one side. SEw small ribbon holly garnish in the middle.

needmorecoffee Mon 10-Nov-08 15:48:09

sorry, am laughing here.
he got any lines?
Any other parents of mince pies you can ask what they are doing <snurk>

MmeLindt Mon 10-Nov-08 15:48:28

um, where in the bible does Mary eat a mince pie before her homebirth in the stable?

You will need some holly.

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:50:15

I have a white tunic - it's done service as part of angel/shepherd/townspeople/fairy in the past. Are you thinking I should paint it as though I am looking down on said mince pie? Or from the side?

Am liking the beanie hat with holly in it - he looks v cute in hats.

needmorecoffee Mon 10-Nov-08 15:51:07

I'm always amazed at what the school thinks parents can design and make!

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:52:28

Well, there's a baker in this story too, hence the baked goods. And I think dried fruit was v big in Middle Eastern fare of the time, no?

There are other mince pie parents, perhaps we should strap them together as a box of M&S's finest.

AuraofDora Mon 10-Nov-08 15:53:07

and lo it came to pass the three wise mince pies saw the shiny star of brandy butter in the sky ...

lol think that the school are taking the mince pie

what about a body beige outfit with hat lots of curly mincemeat hair wig

am not religious in the least but is not kinda insulting?

CatIsSleepy Mon 10-Nov-08 15:53:37

oh this made me LOL too!
sorry wilbur I know that's no use to you...am dreading this sort of thing when dd is older tbh...
good luck grin

Buda Mon 10-Nov-08 15:54:01


Thankfully DS is a shopper in their production of Jack and the Beanstalk! Takes after his Mummy!

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:54:31

needmorecoffee - I really hope he doesn't have lines. He has form in running offstage during dramatic moments. I think he has to sing a mince pie song and rub his tummy.

geordieminx Mon 10-Nov-08 15:55:23
wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:57:10

To be honest, I have previously got away with easy costumes - stars, angels, etc, so it's probably my time for a challenge. It does amaze me what parents do though. At the summer play one kid had to be a rocket and his dad made a huge wheel-on rocket launcher thing which the child had to push on stage and then stand behind and put his face through the window!

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 15:58:43

geordie - that is genius! I could do that! He would look fab and ha ha to rocket-making dad!

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 16:00:48

Although have just read text where it says her ds fell over and couldn't get up. Oh well, the nursery staff are always close by to pick the children up.

MmeLindt Mon 10-Nov-08 16:08:36

Shame he did not get the part of the turkey

BCNS Mon 10-Nov-08 16:14:49

Brill LOL

why not do a mince pie hat affair.. with a tunic.

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 16:19:20

OMG - there is something deeply, deeply wrong and disturbing about that link, mmelindt. grin

Wilbur, that is the funniest thing I have read today. Bless him

If it's any consolation, I had to be a credit card in a school play once.

revjustabout Mon 10-Nov-08 16:21:29

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wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 16:21:47

Was it a morality play about the evils of Xmas shopping, Sheik?

I can even remeber the rap I had to doi..

"It ain't hard
with a credit card
Those pounds and notes
you can disregard
I'm your way
To a brighter day]
with this piece of plastic
you can let me pay"

I had to accompany it with elaborate rap hand gestures and I wore a baseball cap and some bling.

IIRC, I was dressed as an Access card [shows age]

It was Oscar winning stuff, I tells ya. Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrman rang me so many times afterwards that I had to change my number

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 16:27:16

ROFL! A meditation on the causes of the credit crunch through the medium of rap, excellent. Did you have a dancing repossession order as well?

CatIsSleepy Mon 10-Nov-08 16:27:19

OMG @ that turkey picture shock

MmeLindt Mon 10-Nov-08 16:27:40

LOL at the credit card rap.

I am shuddering at the "cute" costumes around. Here is a pie one

Could you make the pie shape with a hulahoop around his middle?

I'd do a sandwhich board afair with a cardboard cut out of a mince pie back and front and some holly on his head. He could wear a yellow t shirt which'd be brandy butter.

wilbur Mon 10-Nov-08 16:30:26

Think I am def going to try the hulahoop thing and will see if it's best over head or round middle. Round middle would give an impressive 3D effect though.

dollius Thu 27-Nov-08 12:39:44

How did you get on with this?

My DS1 also has to be a mince pie in his chrismas play. Help!

wilbur Sun 30-Nov-08 09:54:29

Dollius - the big costume make is today! I had a go at the hula hoop thing, but ds2 is too small (he's only 3 and little for his age) and the hoop was too big for him - if I raised it enough so it wasn't dragging on the ground, it was too top heavy, iyswim. Anyway, I have cardboard and poster paints and am going to attempt a costume like the other kids are wearing in the link that geaordieminx put up. Will let you know how I get on.

Hassled Sun 30-Nov-08 09:57:48

What weird twisted parallel universe do these people live in? What would ever make them think "I know, in the busy run up the Christmas, when parents are already stressed enough, let's get them to make a mince pie costume just for fun". FFS.

wilbur Sun 30-Nov-08 10:09:14

Hassled, yes I thought that at first and then I thought about them dealing with 30 2 and 3 yr olds on a daily basis (and I'm deeply grateful that they take ds2 off my hands every morning) and figured I could manage a costume grin.

Hassled Sun 30-Nov-08 10:54:14

You're a much nicer person than I am blush. Sorry, my comment wasn't really very helpful.

welshdeb Sun 30-Nov-08 11:17:06

my ds was a mince pie a few years ago. I made a large cardboard cutout mince pie and hung it round his neck sandwich - board style.

Grammaticus Sun 30-Nov-08 11:20:50

Yes. Sandwich board the way to go. I had to do a bauble a few years ago. That was a speaking part! [snigger]

Hehe Sorry had to laugh at this Think i may know the play your son is doing we did it at our school couple years ago, the song they had to sing was. "5 mince pies very very tasty,......!!!!

On serious note to help you: There were a range of costumes but we said brown tights, brown/beige t.shirt, maybe cutout pies stitched on and holly on the head on top of a round beige beret.

welshdeb Sun 30-Nov-08 12:45:43

yes thats the one 5 mince pies very very tasty

oxocube Sun 30-Nov-08 14:17:55

Very funny. Dd is a cog this year, as in a wheel, and has to cartwheel across the stage (don't even ask!) but mercifully, I just have to provide black tights and a red tee-shirt! Good luck with the pie!

LedodgyChristmasjumper Sun 30-Nov-08 14:22:03


wilbur Sun 30-Nov-08 14:25:57

The pie is made! It's a triumph of cardboard and crayon, with holly and berries made by ds1. Still have to attach string or elastic and persuade ds2 to wear it, but we're mostly there. Found dd's reindeer antlers too, for her play, so I have got this Nativity thing sussed, I reckon.

wilbur Sun 30-Nov-08 14:26:26

[smug alpha mummy emoticon]

LedodgyChristmasjumper Sun 30-Nov-08 14:26:46

Well done you!

dollius Tue 30-Dec-08 06:42:08

I totally missed this!
Well done Wilbur - yes, my DS was singing "five mince pies, very very tasty, made with flaky pastry..." Unfortunately, he lisps very badly and shouts rather than sings, so the effect was rather comic.
And thankfully the nursery ended up making mince-pie cutouts for them to hold in the end so I was let off the hook.

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