Archive | June, 2018

The Power of Cute Details: A Lemonade Stand Story

This week at our house is quite busy!  Between work events and one little girls fourth birthday, we also have our community garage sale.  And along with garage sales comes the childhood summer tradition of running a lemonade stand.

I remember setting one up at my mom’s garage sale when I was little and made a whooping $45!!!  I’m still blown away by that amount of money.  So to carry on the tradition, and teach our daughter a lesson in entrepreneurship, we diyed a super cute lemonade stand for her.

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Ok, now that I’m off the entrepreneurship soap box, let’s get back to the lemonade stand.  I’m always a champion of opening your home and inviting others in, without being fancy and even if you aren’t the most confident host.  However, there are times when adding some cute details, really makes the event extra special.

In this case, adding cute details to the lemonade stand can really drive interest and sales.  Adding a few extra things really made the lemonade stand stand out.  It didn’t take a lot of extra time or effort either which is the best part.

Lemonade Stand DIY

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We used this diy tutorial to make the lemonade stand.  It’s pretty easy with just a few crates you can get at any craft store or even Wal-Mart.  We made a sign for the top too, but it’s not necessary.

My recommendation for painting your stand is to use spray paint on the crates instead of rolling the paint.  The spray paint can get into all the nooks and crannies of the crates a lot better.

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Lemonade Stand Details

Now as far as adding cute details goes, you really just have to think of things that you’d like to see at a lemonade stand and then add them.  So a simple bowl of lemons and fun straws for the cups were easy.

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You’ll obviously need a sign so everyone knows how much to pay.  This was a quick, handwritten sign put into a picture frame to keep it displayed nicely.

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I also made a quick little bouquet of flowers out of tissue paper.  This took maybe 3 minutes with a few pieces of square tissue paper.  I just wrapped a craft pipe cleaner around the tissue paper and made a stem with it.  Then just shape the tissue paper into a flower shape.  Super easy for any kind of party or event.

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I also added some quick party decor.  Cutting triangles out of color coordinated paper and stringing them along the top of the stand really added a little extra pizzazz.

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Other great party decor options to dress up a lemonade stand are large paper flowers, tissue paper poms, or lanterns.

Even if you don’t use party decor, other small additions will make your lemonade stand stand out too.  Cookies or cupcakes, potted flowers on either side of the stand, fun cups or cup labels, or flavored lemonade are great additions.

We’ll be adding a platter of cookies when we are open for business and a pink lemonade option. One thing I still need to figure out is a simple way for my daughter to collect money. Drop your ideas in the comments!

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Hopefully these extra details and neighborhood advertising will be able to drive in more sales and help her reach more people.  A portion of her proceeds are going to go back to a local charity.  This should help her to understand that there are others that aren’t as fortunate as she is.

This little girl is pretty excited to start her first business!  But mostly I think she’s in it for the lemonade!

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I hope this encourages you to take a few minutes to add some extra details to whatever it is you do today.  Whether it be a party, just making dinner a little more special tonight, or even taking the time to chat with an old friend, adding special touches really can make an impact in someone’s life.

Be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see real time how she does running her business this weekend!  And check back next week for a recap of her flamingo themed birthday party!

 

 

 

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10 Party Tablecloth Alternatives

Hey there, long time, no hear!  Turns out when my daughter is on summer break I can get basically nothing done!  Thus I’ve been a little MIA so far this summer.  Hopefully I can find some motivation, carve out some kid free time, and get back in business.  I have so many ideas and no time to tell you all about them.

Today’s idea hit me when I was trying to come up with a runner to use for my daughter’s upcoming fourth birthday.  You’ll get to see that in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a good one!  You can see some of her previous birthdays here, here, and here.  So, I wanted a fun runner to use on the dessert bar and then started thinking of all the things you can use for a tablecloth or runner instead of an actual tablecloth.

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I rounded up some great alternatives to using tablecloths on your table and found some amazing inspiration and links so you can get them for yourself.

10 Tablecloth Alternatives

1. Rugs

First up is rugs.  Yep, not just for floors, throw them across your table and bring the pattern and sturdiness of a rug to your party.  Bonus, is that some rugs would make clean up a breeze!  I love how Boho Beach Bungalow used these little faux fur rugs from Ikea on her chairs, but I say toss them across the table for a winter cocoa party and they’ll look great!

2. Scarves

Next, scarves.  I actually don’t really own any pretty or dressy scarves.  Just warm ones, hello Colorado.  But a silk scarf across a table or tied to a serving tray would be so pretty.

3. Sheets

If you have a large table to cover, but not a large tablecloth, use a sheet.  Yes, a bedroom sheet can cover a huge area and they can be fairly inexpensive.  Plus, there are a ton of colors and patterns to match any party.  Here are a few fun options!

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4. Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is one of my go to ways to cover a table or decorate a party.  It makes a great table runner and you don’t have to cut it down, just roll it across the middle of the table and you’re done!

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Wrapping paper runner

5. Balloons

I’ve used balloons as a table runner before.  See how I did it here.  I love this inspiration.

6. Kraft Paper

Kind of like wrapping paper, but kraft paper or butcher paper is another option to use instead of a tablecloth.  It’s great for a rustic look, or when you want your guests to help decorate the party.  Just provide some crayons, markers, or pens and let them get to work.

7. Burlap Coffee Sacks

I was recently at an antique store with my sister-in-law who is a great treasure hunter and party thrower.  See one she did here.  At the store we found these old burlap coffee sacks and both agreed that they were so cool, but had no idea what we’d use them for.  After a little thinking, they would make a great tablecloth for a party or a coffee station at a party.

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8. Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are another way to cover a large table inexpensively.  They make great tablecloths and photo booth backdrops too because they already have the grommets in them!

9. Blankets

You can never go wrong with using a blanket as a tablecloth.  I mean they are so closely related.  Plus you can use a blanket for a lot of different parties.  Christmas blankets around the holidays, your favorite sports team’s blanket for a boys birthday, a picnic blanket for a summer bbq.

10. Lace

Lace is so pretty when thrown over a table because you get to see some of the table peeking through. This wedding photo is amazing!!

The major thought process is that if you don’t have what you may think is the perfect thing to host with, use something else.  Don’t let not having hosting gear hold you back from opening your home and inviting others in.

Who knows, the alternative may be even better than what you had wanted for the original?

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