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Open the Cutest Lemonade Stand on the Block!

By Ellen Luckett Baker

Though my children are already back in school, the summer heat is far from over around here. Last week the kids cooled off and earned some extra cash with a lemonade stand. I always love to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in my children and they even decided to give some of their earnings to charity. There are also lots of non-profit organizations that have lemonade stand fundraising programs.

We printed these paper flags and my older daughter added the lemons. Then we cut out the letters to spell “lemonade” and attached the banner to bamboo poles affixed to the table. Click below to download and print the letters for the banner and the gingham flags:

Lemonade Stand Banner Letters
Lemonade Stand Gingham Flag Bunting

The kids enjoyed squeezing the lemons to make homemade lemonade and made the brilliant discovery that wearing swimming goggles would keep the juice out of their eyes. Here’s the recipe we used, but you can easily adjust it according to your preference for more sweet or sour. The key is to use hot water to melt the sugar before adding the lemon juice. And you should know it takes a lot of lemons to make lemonade!

Recipe for Sweet & Sticky Lemonade

(Makes about 1 gallon)
3 c sugar
5 c water
2 T lemon zest
8 c water
3 c lemon juice (about 20 lemons)

Heat the water until boiling, then add the sugar until dissolved. Stir in the lemon zest. Allow to cool, then add the rest of the water and the lemon juice. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and mint leaves. Serve over ice.

About the Author

Ellen Luckett Baker

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying a...

Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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11 Comments
  • Anna

    August 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

    that is the CUTEST lemonade stand!!

  • Anna

    August 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I would dare the health department to shut down this stand! 😉

    So adorable! Thanks for sharing the banners and flags.

  • Boston Mamas

    August 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    We literally just hit a lemonade stand yesterday and I was just thinking about this topic! Beautiful pictures. thanks!

  • elise

    August 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Absolutely Darlin’ !

  • lemonaid dad

    August 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    We do a Lemonaid stand every year with my girls.. but we do it like a business. I make them keep a spreadsheet of all the costs down to the plastic cups. We use a 5 gallon cooler to make a bulk recipe: 

    5 lbs sugar
    64oz lemon juice
    3 gallons water
    5 lbs ice
    16 oz cups

    We did the math on using real lemons but to make a profit we’d have to charge like $2.50 – 5.00 a cup.. With our recipe we can keep costs to about $15-20, and have enough lemonaid to make about $45 at $1 a cup.. we’ve never had a complaint! A great lesson in math, finance, and being self-motivated!

  • Divina

    August 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    How sweet and I am sure your kids loved it!

  • Hazel

    August 20, 2010 at 4:14 am

    What an absolutely delightful Lemonade stand! I just wish I lived in your neighbourhood! 🙂 Hazel

    htto://hazellovesdesign.blogspot.com

  • Nicole Feliciano

    August 21, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful pictures. What a lovely summer tradition.

  • jessica

    August 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    So cute! I recently saw this one – they had lemon shaped signs!

    http://meganwise.blogspot.com/2010/07/lemonade-for-sale.html

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