When you think of summer days, you may think of lemonade. When you think of lemonade, you may think of the fun memories made as a child working your very own lemonade stand. Here are some basic steps you can share with your child to make a successful lemonade stand that they can easily follow.
- Choose a location. While opening a stand at home may be the most obvious choice, asking permission to open in a busy area such as a pool, park, or beach might also be good alternatives. Knowing the schedule of local events and when people are most likely to be thirsty is key. Always make sure to place your stand far enough away from the curb to be safe and allow patrons the ability to order without having to stand near traffic.
- Set up your stand. Your stand should have at least a sturdy table, level on the ground, and a chair. Pitchers, cups, napkins and straws should be neatly arranged.
- Decorate your stand. The table should be brightly decorated as to attract attention from traffic passing by; there is no right or wrong way to decorate. Have fun!
- Draw signs to advertise your stand. Make sure to drum up business by placing signs nearby to attract more customers. Make sure to include the price. Always ask permission and follow local guidelines when placing signs.
- Make your lemonade:
- 1 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 8 cups water
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
Setting up a lemonade stand can not only be a fun summer activity but also teach responsibility, money handling, and planning.