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Easter Bonnet Parades

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Every time in the lead up to Easter, schools will put on an Easter Bonnet Parade. Parents are required to summon the Gods of Creativity and Patience as they buy out shelves of cotton balls, craft glue and stacks of cardboard and set about putting together a cute and festive bonnet depicting all things Easter. My mum with four kids is a pro when it comes to turning out Easter bonnets and Book Week costumes. The moment we walked through the door with the letter about the Easter Parade, mum had her sketch pad out and would be drafting ideas, measuring our heads and re-measuring them (kids are notorious for growth spurts apparently) and then the initial concepts and fittings began. We would have to walk, skip, jump and shake our way up and down the hallway with the bonnet on our head and mum watching like a hawk to see how it coped and looked. Of course us kids had input in what we wanted, but we left it to mum’s artistic flare to produce a piece that consisted of cardboard, fabric, paint, glitter, cotton wool, chocolate eggs and fluffy chicks and make it look like it belonged in Paris Fashion Week.

The day of the parade, she would drive us to school with our bonnets carefully balanced on our laps. She would stand there with a big smile on her face as we walked around in a circle with our classmates, all trying to avoid bits and pieces that would fall off – nothing would fall off our bonnets. In year five I decided to up the ante with mum and put her talents to the test. My best friend in the whole world and I wanted a joint Easter bonnet – something we could wear together. Lo and behold mum created an Easter Bunny picnic on our noggins. Two rabbits cut out and painted, sitting on a board that was covered with chequered fabric. Where our heads were, lace doilies which had paper plates glued to them and decorated with food and cutlery. It looked amazing and Megan and I knew we would be the envy of all the grade five kids. We practiced walking with it so we did not fall out of step and “bob” along. It was a spectacular site to behold as we grinned from ear to ear, holding each other’s hand and feeling like we totally owned that walk. We decided that next year we were going to keep with the joint bonnet, but Megan’s dad ended up getting a posting and I was left devastated and with a bonnet with room for an extra noggin.

After primary school the Easter Bonnet parade falls by the wayside and as each of us kids left primary school for high school, mum found herself with no Easter Parades or Book Week costumes to make…until 2009 that is. Matilda’s day care was holding an Easter Bonnet Parade at the time my mum had flown in for the arrival of our son, her grandson Hamish. When I got the note, I did not have to ask mum twice if she could help me out. I had my hands full with a brand new bub who was permanently attached to my chest. Mum, aka Nan Nan set about coming up with ideas and we decided to buy a cute little straw hat and embellish it with rabbit ears (taken from a headband and sewn to the hat), pink ribbons, flowers and little butterfly beads stitched around the hat. The hat was made that night and the result was so cute. Matilda loved her new hat and wore it with the same pride my brothers and I did when we wore Mum’s Masterpieces at Easter. To this very day that bonnet is in her wardrobe. She wore it as her school hat after the parade that is how much she loved her Nan Nan’s hat.

Matilda is in her first year of school now and I am eager to see if there will be an Easter Bonnet Parade. I am looking forward to stepping into my mum’s realm and try my hand at making these bonnets. I will be using some of the many great products available from Pink Frosting to make my millinery masterpieces for my children. You could easily use their butterflies, tissue paper flowers, a picnic basket, for your child to carry (you know, accessories for the bonnet), pink feather boa for your princess and glitter on everything! Heaps of ribbon styles and colours, cute bows and paper cutters and stickers – Pink Frosting have thought of everything when it comes to ensuring your little one has the best Easter Bonnet at school. I already have the craft glue on standby and once I get that letter I will be on-line and organising my Easter decorations and party products from Australia’s #1 Party Shop to make sure my kids will beam with pride as their bonnets snuggly sit on their precious heads.


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