Guest Picks: Celebrate Summer With a Sweet Lemonade Stand
I know striped, chevron and polka dot paper straws are all the rage, but I'm a big fan of these wide plastic straws from Ikea. I've been known to make a trip across town just for them (and a glass of Lingonberry juice).
Technically, this multifunctional piece is a potting bench, but I'd love to use it as a lemonade stand, drink station or dessert table.
Who could resist stopping for an ice cold lemonade when beckoned by a friendly chalkboard sign? My son has advertised his lemonade stand by hopping up and down on his pogo stick, sign in hand, and shouting at cars driving by.
Of course Dixie cups are always good in a pinch, but these yellow polka dot paper cups add a festive touch.
The best stands sell fresh-squeezed lemonade. (Shh, don't tell anyone that my kids' last lemonade stand featured Country Time lemonade made from a mix.)
I'm a little cuckoo for small pails and anything galvanized. These could be used to collect donations or to display straws or candy sticks.
Maybe you don't want to hand out glass jars to your regular ol' lemonade stand customers, but these would be great if you're hosting a "lemonade stand" party.
These daisy cutout Mason jar lids and striped straws make an ice cold lemonade look so summery and refreshing.
I love the shape of this jumbo drink dispenser. It's perfect for lemonade, mojitos, sangria, iced tea, water with cucumber — I'm getting thirsty.
My kids throw a tablecloth over a piano bench to make their lemonade stand. A striped table runner like this one would add a little cabana style.
I told you I can't resist anything galvanized! These stands make it easy to dispense cold drinks without having to perch the jug on the edge of the table.
My kids had a stand very similar to this one for many years, and it was very well loved. We gave it to my daughter's first grade class last year, and they use it to perform puppet shows all year long.
All of the cutest lemonade stands have a garland of some sort. I like this lemon yellow rag tie garland from Etsy.
No lemonade stand is complete without a sweet little bouquet. Pop a few blooms in this itty-bitty bud vase from Heath Ceramics.
If you're inspired by all the rustic lemonade stands in blog-land but don't feel like tearing apart wood pallets to make one, here's a fine stand already built and mounted on casters.
If it's hot out, keep your ice in a separate container so that it doesn't melt and water down your lemonade.
OK, so maybe nothing about this stool says "lemonade stand," but I still want one. Plus, it matches my galvanized potting stand.
For kids, half the fun is pouring drinks for customers. These easy-pour glass pitchers from Montessori Services let them pour with confidence. Just be prepared for frequent refills, as the jugs only hold 17 ounces.
Lemonade stands are a great way to teach kids about generating a profit, as well as about helping others. Consider collecting donations for a nonprofit like Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which helps fund cancer research. Buy packs of these lemon pins and give them to customers who make a donation.Next: Sweet Supplies for a Milk and Cookies Party