For as long as I can remember Hazel has loved little playhouses. She has really wanted one, but we never got around to getting one. We kept wanting to get her a special one that she would want to use for many years, but we never found the money since those tend to be so expensive. Since we added a garage to our house, Steve has not been storing as much in his shed and decided to give Hazel the shed as her clubhouse/playhouse. She was excited for this and we talked about decorating it with curtains and a rug. While out shopping Hazel chose the pink shag rug for the clubhouse. I pulled out pink sparkly curtains I had bought on clearance and planned to use for a birthday party, but never did. We hung them with a thin branch from a tree that had fallen in the yard and used nails to keep them up.
Hazel asked if we could paint the walls. The walls are unfinished, so this would not be easy. Then I remembered the Minnie Mouse Bow-tique background from her birthday party and pulled it out. While there I saw all the other decorations and brought them as well. We had so much fun decorating the clubhouse. She loves it. I hung the decorations with thumbtacks so they would stay. Thanks to Oriental Trading for letting us review these great decorations!!
The background basically covers the back wall and it looks great up. Hazel is so excited to have it. We put the photo props and extra ears from the party in a basket next to it. Then we started hanging the paper decorations we had from the party (from Oriental Trading and ones we made).
We went in for more things and Hazel wanted some of the pages from the calendar we had used for decorations as well. She also brought out the little Minnie Mouse head decorations we made and our Pin-the-Bow-on-Minnie head we only put her bow on it.
Hazel wanted to hang the bows all around and I added the garland we had made. Meanwhile Daddy worked on hanging the chandelier cover I bought (on clearance again for a party, but never used) over the single light bulb light. In the clubhouse Hazel has her cardboard oven I made her, our wicker porch furniture, her sandbox and sand toys as well as many of her outside toys.
We also found a great home for the giant inflatable flamingo!! Hazel loves having it out there. It is from her flamingo party and thanks to Oriental Trading again! I love that we were able to decorate this clubhouse and make it special for her with mostly things we already had and got to reuse all the decorations again! Hazel decided it looked like Minnie's Bow-tique and wanted to have her fancy phone, cash register and computer out there as well so she can play Bow-tique. We added them at the end of our decorating.
Now she has the perfect place to play with her friends outside and it lends to so much creative play!! I love it!
How have you been able to reuse party decorations? Any other creative ideas?