Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lemonade Stands 101 - What Supplies Will I Need?

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:

1. Cups

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. 

3. Table/stand

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,, 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!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Celebrate Mom (and help kids with cancer!)

It’s May and Mother’s Day (May 10) is fast approaching. Lucky enough to have a great mom in your life? Send her a beautiful gift she’ll love - and choose a gift with the added bonus of helping kids with cancer!

We have perfect gift ideas for every Mom on your shopping list!

For the Flower Lover

The Sunny Day Pitcher Collection is perfect for Mother’s Day or any day. Choose any of five cheerful bouquets displayed in a yellow ceramic pitcher. Pretty, cheerful and cancer-fighting: Teleflora will donate 10% of the revenue from the Sunny Day Collection bouquet to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Afterward, you can use the pitcher for lemonade!

Check out the choices at

For the Jewelry Wearer

Alex and Ani’s Zest for Life Charm Bangle is a bracelet with a lemon charm – the perfect reminder that you can make lemonade out of whatever life throws in your way. Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the proceeds from this bangle to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

This bangle is available in gold and silver finishes, so you can "embrace the confident energy of the lemon" with every outfit.

Chavez for Charity's yellow pendants are an unusual and artistic way for Mom to make a fashion statement and support kids with cancer. There are several unique yellow pendants in the collection to choose from, and 25% of the gross profits are donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Just one of the unique pendant options offered, the Yellow Dragonfly Necklace, pictured at right, features a czech glass pendant.

For the Mom with a Sweet Tooth

Who doesn’t love cookies? These pretty buttercream-frosted cookies are perfect to share with the family or eat alone! 

Cheryl’s Cookies will donate 15% of the net proceeds from the sale of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation themed products to ALSF and kids with cancer.

One of the Alex's Lemonade Stand cookie selections is pictured at left.

For the Mom Who Needs New Wheels
Sure, you could buy your mom a car, but if that's out of the budget, enter her to win a brand-new 2015 Volvo XC60 in the ALSF Volvo Raffle. Tickets are $25 each or a book of 10 for $200, and all proceeds benefit ALSF thanks to Volvo, our founding sponsor, which donated the car. The winner will be drawn and announced June 13, 2015 at Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand (you do not need to be present to win). Call us at (610) 649-3034 to purchase tickets!

However you decide to celebrate Mom, have a very happy Mother's Day!