Lemonade Stand Party
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Lemonade Stand Party. My kiddos and I love the idea of an old fashioned lemonade stand, unfortunately, we live on a street deep within our neighborhood, and traffic for a lemonade stand would be limited, at best. So, we improvised, and hosted a lemonade stand party for a few of our friends, and it was a blast!
I knew the boys would ask me if we could have a lemonade stand again this year (they ask every summer) so, when I saw our family’s favorite lemonade, Simply Lemonade®, for just $3.58 for a two pack at Sam’s I picked up a few two packs. My family can polish off a bottle of Simply Lemonade in less than a day. It’s like homemade without all the work, no funny ingredients, all natural, totally delicious. And that is a busy family’s dream! Then, I got to work on the party decor and a few simple treats.
TomKat Studios created an adorable Make it Now lemonade stand collection for Cricut, and I knew it would be perfect for our party! Plus, since it was a Make it Now project, it was insanely easy to make! I made a banner, a backdrop, food tents, straw flags, and party circles in no time!
The backdrop for our party was our rustic whitewashed wood planks. I wanted to use the “Lemonade” sign, but I didn’t want to attach it directly to the wood, so I used an old window frame I had, but, I covered the glass panel with yellow paper. Once the yellow paper was cut to size and attached to the glass (with double sided tape) I used spray adhesive to attach the letters to the yellow paper, and mounting tape to attach the arrow and lemon art. I hung the Lemonade banner across the front of the table. A scrap of plaid yellow fabric was the perfect table cloth. A cookie jar with yellow paper shreds and lemons and lemon yellow flowers were “simply” adorable on the table!
Once the decor was done, I got started on the treats! I needed them to be simple, so I made sugar cookies and pound cake with a lemonade glaze. Rather than having may hands touching all the treats, I pre-packaged them all. Cookies were tied in stacks with ribbon, and the pound cake was wrapped in paper and ribbon, with a small party circle stuck on top. I made the pound cake and lemonade glaze the day before our party. The lemonade glaze was simple to make; 2 tbs. of lemonade to about 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar, mix with a whisk until there aren’t any lumps. Then drizzle over the pound cake (or even the cookies) and refrigerate until ready to serve. I served the cake slices and cookies on white cake plates.
Once our guests arrived, I made slushies for everyone and served them in clear plastic cups with cute paper straws. Keeping with the simple theme, our slushies could not have been easier to make! I filled our blender with 12 oz of Simply Lemonade and 12 oz of ice. Then, I blended until smooth. Some of our guests (actually, most of our guests) wanted a Cherry Lemonade Slushie. I followed the same “recipe” for those, but I added 3 oz of cherry syrup to the blender with the Simply Lemonade. Then, I garnished each with a delicious maraschino cherry. Since our party, my family has enjoyed 6 more bottles of Simply Lemonade slushies. I think they were a hit!