If you follow me on Instagram then you might have noticed a dinosaur and a fairy popping up in my feed. No, I haven’t adopted some waifs and strays. They were, in fact, my children. My two love to dress up, so much so that most trips to the supermarket consists of one of them wearing a costume. We went through a stage where Youngest insisted on dressing up as Spiderman every day. It was quite alarming when she started trying to shoot spider-webs at elderly ladies in the shops.
Pretend To Bee
Pretend To Bee had heard that my two love to dress up and they very kindly asked if they would like to try their costumes. As you can imagine, the girls were delighted when I told them this news. Pretend To Bee are a family run business and they have been retailing dressing up costumes since 2005. They have gained national recognition for their fantastic company with Practical Pre-School Awards and their costumes have even featured on This Morning and The Pride of Britain Awards.
When the girls and I sat down to peruse the website and choose the costumes we were really impressed with the extensive range that they had. Their costumes are carefully picked by a dedicated team.
The Pretend To Bee Range:
- Traditional Doctors and Nurses for Pretend Play
- Educational Tabards for Learning Through Play
- Themed Princess & Pirates. Great for Parties
- Party wear Range for Girls Special Occasion Dresses.
There is something for everyone. Best of all is that if you order before 3pm, Monday to Thursday, then you can qualify for next-day delivery. Oldest decided that she wanted a fairy outfit and she chose the ‘Sapphire Fairy Set’ from their new range. Youngest on the other hand decided that she wanted to be a dinosaur. They were so excited when the costumes arrived that I agreed that they could wear them on our Saturday walk through the woods.
We did get a few laughs as we fed the ducks. You don’t usually expect to see a dinosaur and a fairy holding hands. However, we also had a lot of compliments. In particular, Oldest was getting a lot of compliments for her beautiful dress.
Oldest is 7 years old and she was in the 7-8 years old size. It might have been a bit on the small side for Oldest but then again she is very tall for her age and normally wears clothes for 9 year-olds. Therefore, I was really happy that the dress fitted her well. We loved the colour of it. It is so nice to have a fairy costume that isn’t the usual pink. It was a lovely two-toned blue.
The dress really looked stunning and it had a beautiful velour bodice which meant that it was nice to wear. Oldest can be known to complain about her dressing up clothes being itchy. Not this dress from Pretend To Bee. She loved wearing it and didn’t complain once. In fact, I struggled to persuade her to take it off later. The dress also comes with some gorgeous wings. Again, they were easy to put on and Oldest found that they were a good fit and comfortable to wear.
You also get a hairband and a fairy-wand. Oldest was delighted with them. Like the costume, they were really well made and we were thoroughly impressed. The four-piece set costs £25 which is fantastic value for money.
We decided to leave the ducks and head further into the woods. Our little dinosaur was very excited by this. Youngest eagerly stomped around. She took great pleasure in hiding behind trees and jumping out on Oldest.
Youngest had decided that she wanted the ‘Steggy’ costume. It is the most Realistic children’s Stegosaurus costume on the market. Officially Licensed by The Natural History Museum. It is a plush all-in-one suit and Youngest found it really comfortable to wear. It was an excellent fit too. Youngest loved wearing the hood up with the dinosaur head.
The attention to detail was fantastic. With its tail that Youngest liked swooshing, to the claws on the hands and feet. It was a real hit and Youngest made the most of rampaging through the woods. The ‘Steggy’ costume cost £25 and is fantastic value for money. She had a mighty roar!
We were really impressed with the outfits and the girls adore them. Despite spending several hours in the woods, the costumes survived well. The costumes have all been designed with large openings, elasticated waists and Velcro openings. This means that the outfits can easily be worn over the children’s other clothes. The Princess and Fairy range hasn’t been designed to wear over clothes but Oldest easily wore the dress over some leggings. All of the Pretend To Bee Dressing Up Costumes comply with the EC Toy Safety Directive and EN71 Toy Safety Standards which mean the products are Low Flammability, Azo Dye Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Toxic Free.
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Overall, we were really impressed by the costumes and I can say that they are the best costumes the girls own. I just wish they did them in adult sizes; Mr C often calls me a grumpysaursus 😉
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*Please note that this is a collaborative post. I was gifted the costumes in return for an honest review. However, all words are my own*