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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

6 Days of Summer Fun! Day One: Liven Up that Lemonade Stand!

**This post is by Angela at Secrets of a Super Mommy!**
Every Kid LOVES to host a Lemonade Stand! But I remember mine being a big flop! It was rare that anyone would come and if a few friends did happen to come by, they didnt ever have money! So I promised my kids we would have a Lemonade Stand but I set out to make it SUPER!

Here are my ideas that helped to
Liven up that Lemonade Stand!

1. First you have to get the word out! Deliver invitations to the neighborhood friends! You can make them as simple as needed. Just let your kiddos use paper and markers or save a copy and print mine. Just fill it in and trim the edges with decorative scissors.

2. Hand out FAKE money with the invitations. We gave our friends enough that they could each buy 1 of every item on the "menu." You can create your pages of money and print them here.

3. Let your kiddos help get everything ready!

The Food. Along with the Strawberry Lemonade, we had popsicles, cookies, fruit ke-bobs, popcorn, and small candy. Everything was really simple. We served the popcorn in coffee filters, and everything else was set out on trays (except the popsicles, which were in the cooler).

The Menu Sign. Most of the kids that came to our Lemonade Stand couldn't read anyway but we had fun making the signs together with a roll of paper from our easel and markers. I LOVED the spelling!! I recently found some fun printables that you could customize here (there is even a cute printable door hanger invite!)

The Set Up. We have a little plastic play house that was perfect to serve from, but all you really need is a little table (our table was behind the playhouse). Let the kids set up the chairs, put on table clothes, and hang the signs.

4. Break out a cash box or toy cash register and let your kids sell until they are ready for a drink! Then be sure to let their friends have a turn selling too.

5. Set up an umbrella, chairs, and blankets to sit on...so everyone can hang out and play for a while.

Our Lemonade Stand was so much fun that my Super Mommy neighbors kept the fun going and had the neighborhood over for a
Snow Cone Stand, and then later in the fall, a Hot Chocolate Stand!

I hope this helps you Liven up Your Lemonade Stand this Summer! Stay tuned for more awesome posts from Kelli and I all week!
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Carrie said...

so fun! I love it! my kids had one last year and just had a few neighbors stop by. what a great idea to let everyone know ahead of time and be prepared! Cute pictures, the kids are having lots of fun! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

What a cute idea! I love the thought of making play money-that's perfect for the little ones!

Anonymous said...

Aww love this idea. Thanks for sharing:) Have a wonderful day!

carissa said...

the invitation idea is fantastic! it's seems like a no brainer, but this brain of mine has never thought of it! can't wait to hear about more fun!!! : )

Kelli said...

I like the idea of spreading the word ahead of time, very creative. I'm sure we will have a stand or two this summer so I'll have to keep this post in mind. Thank you!

Kmama said...

That is so fun!

Angie said...

I love the fun ideas...especially the invitations :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Super cute idea. What fun. I wish we lived in a neighborhood with more super mommies and kids. Love this.

Erin said...

What a riot! I love the handmade sign! I remember having lemonade stands all summer. Not super profitable but so much fun!

Maybe check the neighborhood for when the neighbors are going to have a garage sale. Tag along and sell donuts too =o)


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That is too cute!!! :) LOVE the menu. :)

Myya said...

My oldest & I have started planning for a Lemonade stand for this Summer. Now we have some REALLY GREAT ideas to use! Thanks!!! :)

Mayra said...

Love the ideas!! I can't wait to have a lemonade stand when my little one gets older.

Stopping by from The girl creative, loved the turorial!! =)

Ruth said...

I love the idea!! I love the hot chocolate stand!

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Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Super cute idea!

Sugarplum Creations Blog said...

How fun! It almost makes me wish we lived in a neighborhood :( Out here {in the boondocks} we would be lucky to have the grandparents come. What a fun idea!

Jamie Wells said...

hey i loved the idea i was thinking that if you ever have a yard sale you let your kids do that agian! with real money!

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