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Lemonade

lemonade stand by Caravan

It’s summer! And with temperatures on the rise, entrepreneurial children everywhere are taking to the streets with cold, fresh lemonade! Here at Caravan, we wanted to create lemonade stand printables that are easy, fun, and make your product so enticing that your neighbors just can’t say no. Let us introduce you to the Ultimate Lemonade Stand!

lemonade stand

The Ultimate Lemonade Stand dresses up what you already have! We are not handy builders over here at Caravan. Seriously, guys. A trip to the hardware store was already a little out of our comfort zone, but we were able to build our display very affordably, using mostly things we already had:

What we had:

  • table

What we bought:

  • two 2×2 wooden beams, cut to 6-feet tall by the hardware store
  • one sheet of chipboard, cut a little wider than our table, by the hardware store

After decorating the chipboard with the pattern poster and our garlands (see below), we nailed it to the two wooden beams. We then fit it on either side of our table and tied it to the legs. Phew! That’s it! The rest of our stand again just used things we had on hand, like fake plants, fresh fruit, and glass/plastic pitchers. We simply set our “summer fun fund” up on a stool beside our table.

Then it was just a matter of using the Ultimate Lemonade Stand assets to kick everything up a notch! For your stand, just do the same. Use what you have, and get creative with the printables that we provide. Of course we’d love to see what you come up with, so if you put together a lemonade stand using our printables, share a picture on our Facebook page, or on instagram with the hashtag #caravanshoppe!

POSTERS

Included in this pack are two black and white posters that can be printed HUGE (up to 36 x 48 inches) for about $7 each at Staples or any print shop that does engineering prints or blueprints. (We’ve tried several other chains and seem to have the most consistent good results at Staples.)

Fresh Lemonade: We used this poster as the main sign for our stand. We printed it at 36 x 48 inches, and then colored the poster with crayons (psst! behind the scenes here!). When we put the sign in front of our table, we realized that it was a little too tall. No problem! The poster is very forgiving. We cut a little off the top and bottom to fit it to our table. Had we been more prepared, we could have measured our table before having the sign printed at Staples, and requested the sign be printed at the correct size to begin with. Don’t worry. We remind you about that in the printing instructions! This sign looked fantastic mounted to foam core. It would also work mounted to anything you have on hand like plywood or cardboard!

Pattern Poster: This pattern poster also can print up to 36 x 48 inches. We printed one sheet of it, and used it to wrap the topper of our stand! Look at your own lemonade stand setup and think about how you could use this poster! It could be used as a table cloth or you could even cut it up and use it to decorate packaging of any other add-on items you’re selling at your stand (like baked goods).

lemonade stand posters

MENUS, RECIPES, AND STRAW FLAGS!

This kit comes with illustrated lemonade menu signs, including regular lemonade, watermelon lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and mint lemonade. Print the ones that apply to what you plan on offering. Don’t know how to make watermelon lemonade? No problem: we’ve included recipes for everything! But we’re not going to judge you if you use a raspberry lemonade mix, either. Let’s admit it, that’s what we did! In addition to these menu signs, we have decorative straw flags to dress up your straws! We recommend printing on sticker paper (full sheet label paper)!

signs and straw flags

SUMMER FUN FUND

We have also included a sign where kids can write in what they are raising money for. Are they saving for a new bike? A trip to Disneyland? To help a friend in need? Help your neighbors feel good about supporting your children’s stand by letting them know why this money is important!

Summer Fun Fund

LEMONADE GARLAND

Increase your stand’s visibility by adding an eye-catching lemonade garland! All the lemon-letters for LEMONADE are included in this pack. We printed them on 8.5 x 11 card stock paper, cut out each letter, and strung them up! HINT: It’s best to measure your space first so that your garland isn’t too wide for your stand! We also created a separate tissue paper tassel garland to dress this up!

LEMONADE garland

ARROWS

Finally, let people know where to find the stand! Whether one child is assigned to be the sign waver, or you have it staked to the ground or a telephone pole at a nearby intersection, let people know where you are! We’ve included black and white signs that can be colored or left as-is, or full-color signs that are ready to print and cut (see top of the post)! We also would recommend mounting these to foam core or cardboard for stability!

"Lemonade" sign

So now you have everything you need to run a super-successful lemonade stand! Treat your printables well, and they’ll last you all summer! Alma and Mike’s niece tested the Ultimate Lemonade Stand out before it was available in the shop (family perks, yo), and was thrilled to have made $18 in just an hour and a half. Waitaminute, isn’t that more than Caravan pays its interns?? Shhhh!

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