Fancy dresses and Pirate Fruit

As an au pair in the north of Germany some 15 years ago, I got in contact with their Fasching celebration. For the whole carnival week the kids wore fancy dresses to kindergarten and the excitement was palpable. We don’t have any traditions like that, nothing with fancy dresses, even though kids love it. So last year we decided to organise our own party. This year it became an annual event.

This year we had Tinkerbell and Dusty in our family. But there were a few changes with various hats, crowns and other accessories throughout the night. This time I bought the Dusty outfit, as my son is such a big Dusty fan and I was too lazy to make that kind of an outfit. Tinkerbell was clearly easy, we had a tutu from before, I bought new wings for 1,50e and the rest was done with jewelry, face paint and hair clips. They both flew nicely around our living room.



Parties need to have party food, and this time my husband served pretty cool pirate fruit (I am sure he’s stolen the ideas from somewhere but unfortunately don’t know where).



I wondered in the morning if I was crazy to have invited people over when I could have just had a lazy Saturday. But when all was done and the friends came, it definitively was worth the effort: Kids had a ball and so did us parents.

You may also want to take a look at some Fasching (or farsang) celebrations in Hungary by Blackberry mum. She’s made some delicious looking muffins too!


  1. […] up! In my opinion it is a bit of a pity that so often kids get those ready made fancy dresses (that our children love too) as I find it more fun when we take different accessories and clothes and create our own […]

  2. […] doing it 😉 ), I made simple healthy sail boat snacks out of cucumber, red pepper and cheese and orange boats. Don’t worry, we weren’t that boring, we also served more than enough sweets andd […]

  3. Reblogged this on Expat Dad SG and commented:
    Love these pirate fancy dress fruits 🙂

    1. Thanks, I’ll pass on the compliments to my husband! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great costumes! I love the pirate fruit, so creative! And very healthy 🙂 Thanks for mentioning my farsang post 🙂 xoxo Fanni

    1. No worries, it was fun to read about something similar.

      And yeah, I am one of those lame mums who tries to always offer something a bit more healthy too…

  5. I love any reason for a party! 🙂 I’m glad everyone had a good time!

    1. Lovely attitude!! Thanks!

  6. It’s always that way before a party – wondering if it’s worth it – but all’s well when it pays off. I’m going to have to remind myself that later because I think it’s P’s turn to have a proper party this year! Might have to try the orange fruit boats – I’ve seen that done with the round cheeses, too, but never thought of orange wedges!

    Definitely wish we celebrated Fasching for the fancy dress!

    1. I feel thet there is a huge difference between being at home and being a working mum when it comes to pary preparations. More bought stuff than self baked now… But it does pay off!

      I thought the orange boats were a good idea, so simple but anyway a bit special. A good idea to do that with cheese too!

  7. What a fun day! Z would probably want to be tinker bell as well. I think any reason to get together with friends and let the kids play around is great!

    1. Cinderella is also a hit over here. At the moment my 3 yo wants me, or any adult, to be the prince, then we dance a bit, she rushes away and drops a slipper, and then the prince must come looking for her putting the slipper on. Cute to start off with but it does get tedious after about 7 rounds… 🙂

      It definitively is fun to get together!

  8. Love the pirate fruit!!!

    What, there’s no annual dressing up ritual??? I remember commenting on a blog once that I’d never been to a Halloween party. The response was along the lines of “You poor thing!” I explained that we had Fasching for dressing up, and that it had always been fantastic fun. I assumed that every culture had something like that…

    1. The closest to it happens just before Easter: kids dress up as Easter witches, decorate willow branches and walk from house to house asking with a rhyme for sweets, and giving the colourful branches in return. As far as the fancy dresses go, it’s pretty lame in my opinion.

      1. Ah, that’s what we do, go from door to door and beg for money and sweets. But we can dress up how we like, February weather permitting 😉

        1. You are so flexible 😉

          My selective memory didn’t tell me begging sweets being apart of Fasching! How can I have forgotten about that?!

          1. Might be a regional/local thing… I don’t think they do this all over Germany.

            1. Maybe, but I do remember getting Feiglings from a parade. Priorities.

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