The recent flooding in our West Virginia communities has left our hearts full of neighborly love. My daughters have witnessed my husband and myself helping those in need by cleaning, babysitting, donating goods & money, and often a shoulder to cry on. My daughters wanted to do their part in our flood relief efforts. They donated their own clothes and toys, but they wanted to give a monetary donation of their own. I wanted them to have a sense of self-worth; they know if they do extra chores they can earn money for an outfit or toy. But I wanted them to experience what it is like to work hard for their money they earn with the intentions that their monetary reward would be going to someone in need. I want them to have a “pay if forward mentality.” I mentioned having a lemonade stand at our pool and the girls jumped at the opportunity.
Last week I did a post on a doll lemonade stand that was inspired by Laura’s Little Party and Laura Kelly Designs. You can find that post here: http://brandyshappyhome.com/doll-lemonade-stand/. Once again I used Laura Aguirre ideas from her post, http://www.lauraslittleparty.com/2016/06/easy-lemonade-stand-ideas-summer-fun.html, for my daughters’ real lemonade stand; but this time I added a few tweaks of my own. I definitely wanted to use the amazing printable from Laura Kelly Designs, http://www.shoplaurakelly.com/lemonade-stand-printable-collection/.
I love the look of galvanized metal. The drink dispensers and tiered server from Sam’s Club accented perfect with the black and white tablecloth, straws, and food cups.
I found a cute galvanized display board at Michaels Craft Store. My daughters wanted some sweet treats to go with the lemon and strawberry lemonades. They served fresh strawberries and lemon flavored Oreo cookies. The cookies were a huge hit!
I made my daughters lemonade stand aprons from the download printable from Laura Kelly designs. My youngest is posing with her doll, who is also sporting a lemonade inspired apron! My daughters plain white aprons where purchased at Michaels Craft Store. You can purchase the doll sized aprons here: http://www.doll-clothes.com/white-baking-art-apron-w-ruffle-trim/. It was a very hot day, taste-testing the cold lemonade was a must! Even the terrible rain storm that occurred shortly after setting up the stand couldn’t stop my girls! They prevailed! They worked hard and even had time for a swim in the pool! They were able to make their donation!
To surprise my daughters for their hard work I decided to make them a spinoff of the doll lemonade stand that I made previously to look more like the stand they had that day at the pool. I kept the black stand. I made “galvanized doll dishes” from wood pieces and silver paint.
Lemony lemonade was added to the strawberry lemonade. Doll chocolate covered strawberries and lemon bars were purchased from DollysDiningRoom.com. The dispensers were glass jars purchased from Amazon. The dispenser risers are napkin rings. The spout are beads and a flat toothpick cut to size and painted silver. I think these little doll lemonade dispensers look so realistic!
By using the napkin ring as the riser the cup of lemonade can fit perfectly under the spout! Here is a look at the “galvanized doll tiered tray” without the doll food on it!
The lemonades, lemon bars, and strawberries look like the REAL thing! The talents of Karalee at Dolly’s Dinning Room always impresses me!
Here is the doll sized version of the lemonade price sign I made using a galvanized coaster. I took a square wood die-cut and painted it with black chalkboard paint.
My daughters were super excited with their doll version of their real lemonade stand. I’m proud of their hard work. We have continued prayers for all the families and friends devastated by and working with the WV flood relief efforts.
This looks sooooooooo cool!
Laura Kelly says
I love this! It turned out GREAT!
Thanks so much Laura! We LOVE your printables!
Michelle Weber says
Beautiful story. Inspirational and encouraging to see efforts to work with and for others instead of against. Bravo and God bless you!
Thanks so much Michelle!