All summer long, we’ve been talking about setting up a lemonade stand. In fact, I think Siella even brought it up last year. When it was first mentioned, I couldn’t help but think how we live in New York City, and it wouldn’t be as quaint as the lemonade stands I had growing up in front of my parents’ house. I was first considering having it there, but then realized they rarely get the foot traffic on their street, so why not a setup right outside our apartment. I knew for sure this was going to be a totally different experience!
Last month, I started researching lemonade stands online, finding a super cute setup online from Oriental Trading. We took at trip to the dollar store for cups and napkins, and I even found cute lemon bandannas for the girls. I busted out our big jugs to hold the lemonade, and had every intention of making a homemade mixture, but the day got away from me, so I picked up some good ole Country Time mix. We cut up real lemons to squeeze into the mix for a personal touch.
After Jason built the booth, we made two signs and I bought some yellow balloons to add some flare! And to make things even better, I told them that if they wanted to do a lemonade stand, we should donate the money to our favorite charity. Coincidentally, Munchkin recently sent us t shirts for their latest campaign called Project Orcas. This project was created in response to the harmful practice of keeping orcas in captivity, a practice still in effect today. They plan to develop the first sea side orca sanctuary. All three agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds to The Whale Sanctuary Project.
Before they finished setting up, there already had a line of customers. Ryder was in charge of the money, Siella poured the lemonade, and Gemma served it. When they weren’t arguing, they made a pretty good team. Overall they did well playing entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
During the day, we were fortunate to have so many neighborhood friends come out to support us. I guess I didn’t realize how many people we know in our hood, and we are truly grateful for them. Random passerbys, tourists and even taxi drivers and building workers stopped by for a cup; some asking to take pictures before they walked away. Shockingly, so many people came out we had to refill out lemonade jug six times in a three hour span! Crazy right!
Yes…even our neighbor parrot came to support us too!
It was such a great afternoon and I couldn’t be more proud of babies. They raised $169! Can you believe that? It’s a lemonade stand record. And yes, all of the money will be donated to Munchkin’s initiative for Project Orca! If you are interested in donating to this cause too, or want to purchase these t-shirts reading “because a bathtub isn’t big enough for an orca” that have been made available for purchase with proceeds going towards Project Orca!