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How to Have a Successful Lemonade Stand!

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Hey y'all
Summer is almost over and you know what that means! Yes my favorite time of year Fall.. but also that means finishing our last minute goals for summer! One thing my kiddos wanted to do more than anything was a lemonade stand. We discussed it last summer but we just didn't have the time to throw one together and make sue it was successful. So, after months and months of planning, pinning and praying, we finally were able to put together a great lemonade stand!

Now when having a lemonade stand, there really is no wrong way to do it. I mean you just make some lemonade, put up signs and smile! But there are ways to a successful one and make sure your kids are learning the importance of having one.

Since we home school, I was able to work it into their math lessons and shave off some of our required hours of schooling. Plus it teaches them some important business lessons as well.

But.. you clicked this post so you could see how to have a successful lemonade stand! So here it goes!

1. Location, Location, Location! Where you plan to have your stand is the biggest key to your success. We set up shop right in front of our loft on a Sunday. We live downtown, in a big complex and right next to the City Market. We were sure to get a large variety of people coming by. Find a place that has high traffic or a heavily populated residence.

Strawberry and original lemonade


2. Variety- Having a variety of things to sell increases your sales. Everyone has different tastes so if you limit yourself to just one lemonade you may shut out a portion of your buyers. Having too many options can also become over whelming, time consuming and prices to increase. We had 2 lemonades and 2 treats to choose from. This kept a variety and prices low. Along with the variety, your product must also be outstanding. We did fresh squeezed lemonade and home made treats. People tend to spend more when the quality of your product is a little better than powdered lemonade. For times sake, we did half fresh squeezed lemons and 100% pure lemon juice.



3.  Display- Whether people want to admit it or not, presentation is everything. If you have your stand and everything is unorganized, messy and no personality, people tend to over look it. But when they see that time and effort went into making a pretty display, they are drawn to checking it out. We chose light and bright colors that were sure to draw attention. We kept the color scheme simple and consistent throughout the entire stand. The kids created a menu  and we framed  it so everyone could see what they had to offer and how much. Plus it helped the kids when adding their sales. My aunt has a cricut (BEST THING EVER) so she graciously helped us make a custom sign that fit within their color scheme. We also had a little blue tooth speaker that I connected to my phone to play upbeat kids music. This kept them entertained and energy up  and their customers enjoyed it too.

behind our crates we had backup cups, sugar extra lemons/juice and our stash of treats. Also our money bowl. I had this divided tray from dollar tree already, it kept coins organized for easy counting.


4. Smiles- Nothing is more inviting than a child with a great smile! I am truly proud of the smiles and manners my kiddos displayed. They asked kindly if someone would like to purchase lemonade, and if they said no... they replied with a gracious thank you. But them smiling was definitely their ticket to success!

Over all they had a GREAT lemonade stand! They were able to collect over $80 in about 3 hours lol. This stand was pretty cheap to make as well. My crates were FREE from off craigslist, the white paint was free from our local recycling center, I paid around 2-$4 for the card stock paper, $9 for the cups, sticks, bags and ribbon. The lanterns were free from a friends baby shower( she got them from dollar tree) and one dispenser was from the goodwill for $3 and the other one was a Mother's Day gift from 5below. The food was probably the most expensive things we purchased, but because we had a lot of the ingredients at home we didn't need to but much. I would estimate that the food cost less than $20 to grab everything.

I hope these tips will help you have a great lemonade stand next summer! Have you ever had a lemonade stand? How did it go?! Let me know in the comments below!





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28 comments

  1. This post is so inspiring and encouraging. I enjoy reading it.

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  2. Oh my gosh! This is so cute! I love your tips, the display really catches your eye and makes you want to stop for some Lemonade! I can't remember if I did one as a child but this one would make me want to have one!

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    1. Thank you so much! We spent about 3 weeks trying to figure out the perfect colors. We wanted it to be bright and fun and not too girly lol. Mine DID NOT look this nice hahaha

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  3. I loved the color theme you chose and those lanterns are super cute. The idea of lemonade stall is a learning experience for kids for sure.

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    1. Thank you! I was so relived when they finally decided on colors lol. The lanterns were from the dollar tree and they actually light up!

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  4. Aww this is so nice. Really love this post. Great tips for making a lemonade stand.

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  5. Having a lemonade stand reminds me of the cartoon "Little Lulu" and it felt so nostalgic! You've got all the points right for a good business~

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    1. Oh I used to love Little Lulu lol! Thank you so much!

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  6. This is a good idea to teach kids about to deal with money, Love the way you decorate it.

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  7. This is something that I really wanna try to our front yard since we live just beside a call center and near a rail transit station. Thanks for sharing!

    Pammy -joyfulsource.com

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    1. WOW! Make sure you are stocked then! That is a lot of traffic! Good luck :)

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  8. Oh my gosh that is probably the most adorable and well designed lemonade stand I ahev ever seen!!

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    1. aww thank you! We did put in a lot of man hours for this one lol. They did great!

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  9. Haha! What a great idea! And this lemonade stand is probably the best looking stand I've ever seen 😁👍

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  10. This is a really nice lemonade stand! I used to love these as a kid.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I was able to have one like this when I was younger lol

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  11. Really nice stand. I think that would be a great summer 'job' for kids so they can start to learn how to run a business.

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    1. Oh yes! This is there first "seasonal" business. lol They are wanting to do one in Fall too.

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  12. This is adorable! I lived on a farm when I was little so now that my husband and I live in town, this is something I want to do with my kids :)

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    1. Thank you! I loved having one growing up!

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