We decided to get Adeline and Jacob a playhouse for the backyard over the summer. After a lot of shopping online, we decided on this Backyard Discovery playhouse from Costco. I chose this one because of the cute roofline, the flower box, the red door and a working doorbell. It has a lot of really cute details that make it look like a real house!
My dad and Marcus built a little foundation for it out of concrete pavers, which is really nice for keeping it clean and from getting muddy when it rains. It is also very open in the back, so it lets a nice breeze through. We felt that was important living in Texas where it gets so hot!
Our exact playhouse is exclusive to Costco, so in case you aren’t a member I’ve linked some more alternative options.
We went ALL OUT decorating the playhouse this year! We wanted it to look like a little gingerbread house, so we went with a candy theme. Most of the decorations are from AtHome. Here are a few of the items that I could find online: faux red candies, red spirals, peppermint lollipops, decorative mesh, wreath on door, musical doormat.
We used a staple gun to attach the lights to the house and just ran an extension code to the house for electricity. We used a block of styrofoam to arrange the decorations in the flower box. Everything else was either just stuck in the ground or held up with a bit of packing tape!
Do it on a budget!
We did buy mostly new decorations for this fun project (with a few pieces from my childhood sprinkled in), but I really feel you do something similar with decorations you already have. How about the pieces you’ve rotated out for new ones but keep holding onto? What about the stands of lights that has one bulb burnt out? Let the kids have at it!
Let your kiddos decorate your back patio, their swing set, their playhouse or other backyard toys with those leftover decorations. Adeline loved helping us get her playhouse all dressed up!
Shoutout to my mom for all her help making this little playhouse ready for Santa Claus. We love you, Gigi!