The food is out, the punch is ready, you are dressed… what else? Oh yeah, time to dress the kids. Holiday party style for kids can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Should you dress them up like they are going to a wedding? Or, maybe just a formal playdate?
It takes a little time to learn how to strike a balance. Here are a few of the guidelines I follow when dressing my daughter while we entertain at home:
1) Festive Colors: I think the best festive colors for kids are red, green, white, silver, gold, and black for accents. I also love pretty winter plaids.
2) Food-friendly: Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to sneak cookies and enjoy a few dinner rolls with butter when you aren’t looking. They’ll inevitably get a little messy but you don’t really need to sweat it if they are some food-friendly clothes. Have fun now and wash them later!
3) Simple cuts with accessories: When kids bounce around the house during a holiday party it is best to steer clear of the dresses with long skirts. It is so easy for girls to step through them and rip them. Or, another kid to step on the hem and accidentally tear it. Either way, stick with a simple dress cut, comfy tights, and shoes and add-in some festive accessories. Every little girl loves a cute headband with a sparkling bow and maybe a light-up Christmas necklace!
4) Not too heavy: Parties can get hot so it is best to keep the kids dressed in something breathable. This is not the time to pick out the heavy boiled-wool party dress that drapes to their ankles! The last thing you want is an overheated grumpy child!
Have a wonderful holiday season!