Hosting a lemonade stand is easy and simple - anyone can do it! People often ask what they need to host a successful stand. You can add all kinds of finishing touches and flourishes to your stand to personalize it and make it more fun (and lucrative!), but at the most basic level, you just need a few common household items you may already have on hand:
Cups are important! You'll be giving them out to your customers, so it is most convenient to use disposable cups. We sell a very nice ALSF cup in our gift shop, but any cups are fine.
2. Lemonade (and a pitcher or container to hold it)
Here we went with the classic glass pitcher, but if you're expecting a crowd a spouted cooler would also work well. You can make your own lemonade from scratch with lemons and sugar or use your favorite brand of lemonade.
If you're handy and have time, you could build a wooden lemonade stand (we have blueprints on our website) but a regular table, such as a folding card table, will serve the purpose.
4. Paper towels
Essential for mopping up sticky spills!
5. Duct tape (or other tape)
Useful mainly for attaching signs to your table so everyone knows you're holding an Alex's Lemonade Stand to fight childhood cancer! Also, duct tape is always good to have on hand.
6. Donation container
You'll need some kind of container for people to put their donations in. We find that in most situations it works best not to put a price on each cup of lemonade, but instead to ask for donations instead. People will often give more than what you would charge per cup. With a little luck and hard work, you will collect lots of donations to send to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to make a difference for kids with cancer.
What we'll provide:
When you register your Alex's Lemonade Stand at our website, AlexsLemonade.org, we will send you a fundraising kit with signs, posters and other materials to help publicize your stand. Pictured below is everything included in our fundraising kit. Please note that if you are holding a stand for Alex's Lemonade Days (June 12-14), you'll receive a special fundraising kit with lots of extras like balloons, stickers, bandanas and more! Alex's Lemonade Days takes the place the weekend each June when Alexandra "Alex" Scott held her annual summertime lemonade stands. In 2004, Alex challenged others to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer research, and Alex's Lemonade Days - a unified effort involving thousands of stands and supporters - carries on Alex's mission. Be part of it - sign up to host a stand!
2015 Lemonade Stand standard fundraising kit:
A sneak peek at this year's extra-special Alex's Lemonade Days kit (some items are subject to availability - we send out kits in the order that registrations are received):
That's all there is to it! We hope you'll make hosting a stand and fighting childhood cancer part of your summer! Sign up to hold your stand during Alex's Lemonade Days (June 12-14) or any day!