This year's theme was 12 months in the making yet thrown together at the last minute.

Within days of Purim I almost always settle on our theme for the following year. After seeing my town's creativity on display in the streets - that's when my inspiration is freshest. My basic criteria for a family themed Purim is twofold; 1. the entire family has to be on board and totally into the concept and 2. the 100+ mishloach manot must be easy to make in advance, preferably by the kids. I like to set them up assembly line style to pack (while I put my feet up and eat bon bons!). 

Even-though this year's idea was hatched last year - I just bought everything like yesterday. Walk with me down memory lane for some more of my last-minute, easy-to-find or easy-to-make, fast, family-friendly, themed purim costume and mishloach manot ideas.

2012: ISRAELI

The Purim before our aliyah we channeled our moshav living brothers and sisters and gave out falafel, hummus and pita.

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Click here to learn how to make a unique Israeli menu for Purim.

Flip through our collection of Israeli recipes here. 

2013: WHERE'S WALDO

Our first year in Israel we went all red and white with Waldo and Wenda costumes and canes and gave out red + white themed mishloach manot consisting of a cheese sandwich (ketchup on the side), can of coke and candy canes.

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Here's a handy dandy printable for your Waldo themed Purim card. 

2014: STILL LOOKING FOR WALDO

We repeated, since all the costumes still fit. Hubby was so proud of my first and last display of frugality and we gave out peppermint chocolate bark.

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See my pics and tips for perfect bark right here. 

2015: ASIAN 

With the girls wrapped in kimonos and the boys in ninja gear we delivered sesame noodle salad in Chinese take out containers with chopsticks.

I subbed some of the carrots in this recipe for noodles and added julienne cucumbers for good measure. 

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2016: HAWAIIAN

The boys channeled their Hawaii 5-0 alter egos and the girls donned hula skirts and lots of floral accessories when giving out Hawaiian Punch, tropical fruit salad and leis to everyone.

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For customized cards and a Hawaiian themed Purim menu click here. 

2017: FAMILY FOOTBALL

We went all in for Hubby's Raiders - turning our round little butterball into a football and I got to finally call the shots. We gave out hot dogs and bottle of beer or can of coke depending on the recipient.

How-To Dress As a Family Like Your Favorite Sports Team for Purim:

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My Purim Party Sporty Seudah Menu: 

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8 Easy DIY Sport Themed Mishloach Manot: 

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2018: PIRATES

One of the easiest themes to accessorize, pirate paraphernalia is like, everywhere. With eye patches and bandanas, vests, and hats, belts made from fabric I bought at the store it took me 1 hour of shopping to pull this costume together. I bought extra fabric to make pouches of gold coins (love that they sell Chanukah gelt year round) which I am spiking with ring pops, candy bracelets and necklaces for mishloach manot. (This should keep the dentists in business.)

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If you've got more time than me peruse these Rum inspired recipes:

And if you've got all the time in the world extend your theme to the Purim seudah with this Pirate Purim Party.

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Shiver me timbers! Don't let thee idea of a theme overwhelm ye or hold ye aft. What's most important to remember is that thee spirit of liveliness and fun on Purim is unparalleled on thee Jewish calendar. If thar were ever a day to “let loose” and just be Jewish, t'is it!

Yarr! Happy Purim

(And if you want to know how I became fluent in pirate speak overnight click here.)