Lemonade Stand

9 Jul

Sophia’s been begging to have a lemonade stand for awhile so we finally did it this weekend. Her sweet Uncle Francis who was here visiting bought her this awesome stand to get her started.

It’s made of heavy duty cardboard and you just have to fold the pieces to put it together. He got it at CVS but here’s a link to order it at Overstock.com. It comes with stickers and you can decorate one side for lemonade and one side for cookies.

As for the lemonade, we went with homemade and I used this recipe. It was delicious if I do say so myself. I think making the simple syrup really helps because the sugar is totally dissolved.

We made a big neon sign and hung it at the corner and then we waited.

But no one came.  Sophia figured a “staff uniform change” was in order so she and Lily went inside to change into “lemonade dresses”. (Whatever that means.) If you drove by and saw this, wouldn’t you stop?

Meanwhile, I decided to do a little marketing to get things moving. As Marketing Manager, I emailed her former classmates and sent text messages to a few friends saying, “If you’re out and about, stop by”.  I also walked over and “played customer” to get her ready. The attitude she’s giving me in this picture is because I decided to make it a math lesson and I brought her change and made her count it out. Pretty mean of me, right?

And I don’t know if it was the change to “lemonade dresses” or my marketing efforts but something worked because we started getting customers. At one point there was even a line!

By the time our neighbors came by and bought the last of the second pitcher, Sophia was a lemonade-pouring & money-collecting pro.

Lily on the other hand, was whining and sitting on the steps most of the time so it was a lesson learned: Age 4 is too young to manage your own business.

The girls were thrilled with all their loot ($28.50 including a large tip from their Grandma)! I wavered between letting them keep all the money or donating it to charity. I felt that the charity option was the right thing to do but I wanted the girls to have the feeling of earning money. But then I remembered that even a charity has to pay their staff. So, after salaries were paid out ($4 for each girl), we’ll be donating the rest to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I heard the founder, Gretchen Holt-Witt, speak at an event last year and so much of what she said really stuck with me. She lost her son, the beautiful Prince Liam, to cancer not long ago and her strength and determination to find a cure are truly inspiring. Pediatric Cancer is such a horrible disease that people don’t want to talk about it.  So, let’s talk about it. Please, dig deep in your pockets and give anything you can. For more info on Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and how you can help raise money to fund pediatric cancer research, click here.


Sue at Home


7 Responses to “Lemonade Stand”

  1. Mark July 9, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    As one of the stand’s satisfied customers, I can say the lemonade was, in fact, delicious !!!!

  2. astimegoesbuy July 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I love Sophia’s hand on her hip…unfortunately I have seen that look too many times in retail! You’re a good mum teaching your girls about earning money and philanthropy. Very impressed. :)

    • sueathome July 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      So true! She’s ready to work at a store!

      • astimegoesbuy July 13, 2012 at 3:13 am #

        Make sure it’s a good one so you can take advantage of her employee discount! :)

  3. Kelly July 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    “Lemonade Dresses”…too cute!

  4. Cathy Tibbles May 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    My kids are doing this for the Nepal victims on May 22. I hope you’ll join us!! We’ll post a google map so that your city can find the girls’ lemonade stand. BTW – I love the compromise of the girls’ ‘salaries’ and then donations. Too cute!


  1. Cookies and Charity « sue at home - August 22, 2012

    […] following up with some really great news about the lemonade stand that the girls did last month. As I told you at the time, I paid each girl a salary of $4 and was ready to donate the remains of their earnings ($20.50) […]

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