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Isn’t this little lemonade stand adorable?! If you say no, you’re lying. The sweet saleslady is even moreso! I’d buy anything she’s selling! So, how did we get to this?
A few weeks ago, our three-year-old, Addie, came to me asking if we could buy her her very own camera to take on our beach trip. Usually, we just buy her things like this, but I decided in that moment that this would be a great teaching opportunity for her. We started her a piggy bank a while back, so I suggested we go and count up the money that she had in there.
The camera that she wanted was on sale for $12. She had $11 in her bank. I explained to her that she was short, but we actually needed more than just the $1, because we needed to tithe first, and save as well. I asked her how she wanted to earn the money, thinking she would suggest dishes or some other household chore. Her answer? She wanted to do a lemonade stand! (Isn’t it funny how kids just arrive at this? I partially blame Blippi!).
I could have just been a normal mom and set her up at a table in the yard. But I cannot help myself. I’m extra. So off to Michael’s we went! I’ve been wanting to make a stand for their playroom for a while anyway, so we killed two birds with one stone!
We decided to alternate how they were facing so that she would have some storage for supplies in the back, and some open shelving for decor and her money jar on the front.
I secured each crate to the others in the corners with some screws.
And along the thicker edges where they had something to grab onto.
We opted to use some post-style wood pieces that I grabbed at Michael’s for the side bars. They were much easier to screw in than the round dowels were.
My little cutie just needed to test out the height. It was perfect!
Next, I threw down a cheap drop cloth and moved it out into the sun.
Trying to be economical, I bought two cans of white Walmart brand spray paint. On the unfinished wood, it simply did not cut it. This was what we had with two full cans:
Now, if you wanted to simply “whitewash” it, then this would work great for you! I knew that I wanted a more solid white look, so we went back to the store and got some Krylon ColorMaxx (the best!) indoor/outdoor paint.
The day before her lemonade stand, she decided she wanted to also make and sell cupcakes. I was so proud of how much work she put in, and let her do as much of it as possible herself.
The result of letting the toddler control the sprinkle container!
The morning of, she helped me get everything set up. It was her choice to set up on our deck, “so her customers would have seating.” She kept telling me that everything was “absolutely darling.”
In the interest of less spilling, I decided to let her serve her customers with my Pioneer Woman Beverage Dispensers (these exact ones). That way she could simply hand them a cup of ice. She served pink lemonade, sweet tea and I stood by with the cute lemon pitcher filled with raspberry lemonade as well!
She really impressed me. Her customer service skills were fantastic, telling everyone their options and serving so cheerfully. I do have to say, my tribe is amazing. I put it out on my social media platforms and people showed up big. It was so heartwarming to see.
My precious little lady, serving with a smile!
And of course, sampling the product!
She was a gracious host, entertaining her guests in-between customers!
We completely sold out of all 50 cupcakes that she made, and she went through 3 gallons of lemonade! Not bad for a little girl!
Sissy just wanted to play with the decor.
The lemonade stand was a smashing success! My girl got to learn entrepreneurial skills. She was able to pay back her investors for the startup money (her dad and I), tithe, put money into her savings account, buy her little camera and she even had some money leftover to take for spending money on vacation. More importantly, my little girl ended her day feeling valued, capable and confident.
Could I have just bought her the $12 camera or spotted her the difference? Sure! But we would have missed out on these awesome life lessons, and the joy of a really fun project together. This will by no means be her last event! She’s been bitten by the entrepreneur bug! I want my girls to grow up knowing that they can be self-made. They don’t have to trade their time making someone else’s dollar. They can do hard things if they set their mind to it and see it through until the end.