As costume accessories go, few can come close to the popularity of girls' tiaras. Tiaras are, literally, the crowning touch of so many costumes. While many associate tiaras with Disney Princess Costumes, crowns are actually appropriate for many of today's favorite kids' costumes. What's more, tiaras are always in season. Whether you are planning a birthday party, a wedding, a beauty pageant, a Halloween party, or a day of dress-up fun, a tiara is always a welcome addition.
Whether your daughter is dressing as Tinkerbell or a generic fairy, a sparkly tiara is always welcome. Even the drabbest fairy attire becomes inspired when you add a touch of royalty. For added pizzazz, coordinate the jewels of the tiara to the color of the fairy wings].
Everyone knows that Ariel is a princess, but a girls' tiara would work equally well with any Mermaid Costume. Simply add a tiara that matches or complements the mermaid's shells or top, and voila! Your mermaid has been transformed from a sea maiden to ocean royalty. If you are making your own tiara, add some seafaring touches, such as shells, seaweed, or beads in marine themes, for a truly unique look.
Girls' tiaras are not just for Halloween. They are also great for weddings. If your little girl has been asked to be a flower girl or a bridesmaid, a tiara could be a beautiful addition to her formal outfit. Before you buy a bridal party tiara, check with the bride to make sure it is appropriate. For a flower girl, try weaving flowers through the tiara.
Tiaras are accessories that never go to waste. Long after Halloween or the wedding, girls can still wear their special crowns for dress-up fun. You could even have a dress-up princess birthday party and provide girls' tiaras for everyone.
Other Tiara-Appropriate Costumes
Here are a few other ideas for costumes that would benefit from the royal treatment:
- Beauty pageant contestant
- Hollywood star
- Sweet 16 party
- Good witch
- Statue of Liberty
- Cowgirl (place tiara on the rim of the hat)
Buying Girls' Tiaras
Tiaras are one of the most accessible costume accessories around. From drugstores to toy stores, most retail outlets offer at least one tiara. Even dollar stores frequently stock tiaras appropriate for play time. However, if you are looking for an authentic-looking crown, your best bets are the costume shops. While most toy stores and department stores offer colorful plastic tiaras, costume stores offer a wide selection of bejeweled gold and silver crowns. Many include rhinestones, fake pearls, and faux diamonds. For more formal occasions, wedding and prom stores often offer stunning headgear. If you would like to browse online, the follow stores offer tiaras and crowns:
Make Your Own
Many craft stores, such as Hobby Lobby and Michael's, offer basic wire tiaras. These can be decorated with a wide variety of items, depending on the style and design you hope to achieve. Some ideas for adorning your crown include:
- Dried or silk flowers
- Dried berries
If you would like to try your hand at making the actual tiara, Make a Tiara sells tiara kits and comb kits. The kits contain complete instructions and everything you need to create a unique tiara.