Lemonade Stand

• 21 June 2010


































On one recent afternoon, my oldest daughter asked if she could put together a lemonade stand. I We couldn't think of anything in the home suitable for a little table, so we made our own using one of our bar stools and a heavy, cardboard tray from Costco. With some kitchen twine and kid-size scissors as aids, I secured the tray to the stool before throwing a tablecloth over it to hide our primitive {but seemingly functional} handy work. It worked like a charm and served as a reminder that it isn't necessary to have the "perfect" this or "perfect" that to create a positive experience.

As she went to grab the powdered stuff, I explained to her that she could charge more per cup if she made homemade lemonade instead. The thought of being able to charge 75 cents per cup made her eyes widen and her jaw drop--that's big money for an 8-year-old! We then discussed the simple business idea of needing to purchase your supplies first, and how a profit is your revenue minus expenses. In this case she bought lemons from me (one lemon for garnish and required sugar was on-the-house) and then juiced the lemons herself, which she said was "fun, but a lot of work". We made a simple syrup to mix with the fresh-squeezed juice before cooling and adding crushed ice. I threw in cute paper party straws from France and a bonified lemonade stand it was indeed.

Since we live on a quiet cul-de-sac, a bit of marketing was needed to drive traffic; I decided to text my neighbors to let them know refreshment awaited them outside. It was so sweet to see a few friends pop out of their homes for a glass of lemonade--talk about good neighbors! Lemonade stands are truly one of Summer's greatest simple pleasures, don't you think? I have a feeling we'll be hosting another one soon...this time with little brother :)

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