Helping your kids set up a lemonade stand this summer? Here are a few tips:

  • Use wooden crates instead of a table. Angle the bottom row of crates for a sturdier set up and use zip ties to secure them together. Face some of the crates with the opening to the front for storing goodies and use the back facing crates to store extra supplies and the cash box. When lemonade stand season is over, you can use the wooden crates around your house.
  • Don’t send your best glass dishes outside for the lemonade stand. Find plastic and acrylic look-a-likes that look great but won’t break: a deli container from the grocery store, acrylic lemonade pitcher, acrylic canisters, and a yellow plastic tray from Home Goods.
  • Give a regular old cash box some pizzazz with a coat of spray paint (from Valspar, “summer leaf” in satin finish).
  • Fold small doilies in half and tape together over a piece of string for a simple summer decoration.
  • Add some fresh lemon slices to your lemonade to make it even more enticing.
  • Serve lemonade in 12 oz plastic cups with lids (from Smart and Final) for a sophisticated look.
  • Cute green striped straws and assorted bags will attract some customer attention.
  • Print out some cute lemonade stand printables.

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. Graphic design ©One Charming Party.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! So pretty and Summery! Sure ther will be loads of sales with such a cute stand! Tx for all your great ideas!

    Veronica    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  2. I can’t even tell you how adorable this is! I’m SWOONING over this idea! Makes me want to recruit some kids in the neighborhood and recreate this adorable little set-up! And your pictures are just breath taking!

    Cassandra    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  3. Very nice job! Fresh, fun and still very retro!

    Cindy    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  4. Love this idea, it’s so cute! Can’t wait to share, thanks! {}

    rivernorthLove    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  5. Thank you for a timely post. My kids are planning a lemonade stand to earn money to buy tennis rackets. The printables are perfect!

    Calli    Wednesday, July 6, 2011
  6. This definitely sets a new standard for lemonade stands!

    Lauren    Thursday, July 7, 2011
  7. I am going to do my first lemonade stand with the kids this month. But my question which is most important is – WHAT LEMONADE?! What did you do? Love your posts. Thank you.

    Angela Shepherd    Friday, July 8, 2011
  8. Hi Angela Shepherd–I like using a frozen lemonade concentrate. It’s faster to make for my kids. But you can make homemade lemonade from fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice and sugar and water. There are tons of great recipes on the internet. I’d love to hear how your stand turns out! xo

    Brittany    Saturday, July 9, 2011
  9. Where did you buy the clear plastic cups and lids? Thanks!

    Joy    Monday, July 11, 2011
  10. Love this idea…thanks for sharing! Can you please give the link for the cute plastic yellow tray? I tried to find it and can’t…I know it’s “user error” on my part? Thanks for the fun ideas!

    Renee    Monday, July 11, 2011
  11. Hi Renee–There isn’t a link for the plastic tray. It’s from Home Goods, but probably isn’t available anymore. They don’t sell anything online, you have to go into their store and see what they have. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  12. Hi Joy–The clear plastic cups and lids are from a store called Smart & Final, but they don’t have an online store. You could check a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club or search online for 12 oz cups and lids. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  13. super idée!!

    giveto    Thursday, July 14, 2011
  14. I have started a Ganny Camp for my grandchildren during the summer. This will be our second summer. I want to have the five grandkids sit it up and donate the monies to JDRF since one of them has Type I Diabetes. I saw your Lemonade Stand Info and free instructions but I am having trouble printing. Would there be another way I could get this information? and printables? Thank you so very much. Or maybe instructions on how to download and print from here.

    Ladonna Owen    Monday, July 25, 2011
  15. Hi Ladonna–I just emailed you the files. Have fun at your Granny Camp. That sounds so fun! xo

    Brittany    Monday, July 25, 2011
  16. This is adorable!! Can you tell me where you got the green cash box? Did you paint it yourself with spray paint? Thanks!!!

    Laura    Monday, July 25, 2011
  17. Hi Laura–We’re so glad you like the Lemonade Stand! We got the cash box an office supply store. And then we spray painted the box. All of the details are listed in the post, bullet point #3. xo

    Brittany    Monday, July 25, 2011
  18. I came across this post when search for lemonade stand ideas for my daughter’s 5th birthday. What a great idea! Only trouble is I can’t seem to get the printer to cooperate with the computer and it keeps printing onto 2 pages, cutting the image in half. Any chance you could forward the files to me? Thanks!

    Heidi    Monday, June 18, 2012
  19. Hi Heidi–I just emailed you. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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