There are many things I love about summer but one of my all time favorite’s is seeing lemonade stands. You know, the old fashion kind someone’s dad or grandfather or mother has built for their children to go outside and earn some fun money. And, let’s be honest, it’s not about the money, it’s about the experience. I had one of my own many many years ago and I still remember helping my children create their’s as well. So whenever I see a child standing in back of a lemonade stand, I always pull over. Did I say always. . .
Lately I’ve noticed fewer and fewer of these lemonade stands and so I thought, well, why not create a grown-up version which of course got my creative juices going round and round . . . thus why not just throw a lemonade tea party !!!
If you follow my blog, you know I always start my party with a theme and how fun is this one going to be.
First step: create invitation
Second step: start decorating my table
As I was trying to decide which table cloth to use I came across this quilt at my local tj maxi. come on, how perfect is this, it just screamed lemonade picnic right out loud.
Since I was holding my party at noon which is the heat of the day, I knew it would be more comfortable indoors but I still wanted an outdoorsy feel.
After laying the quilt down I decided to use a cotton/linen towel as my table runner.
Then I just build from there . . . I’m using my white plain china to keep it simple and picnic feeling.
I broke one of my rules and used these darling paper napkins because they were just too perfect for the occassion.
I simply began adding bits of yellow (tea pot, fresh flowers and candy sticks) . . .
and bits of pink (fresh flowers, pink bottles of lemonade and bubblegum) . . .
until the tables cape looks complete.
I also played up the chandelier by cutting strips of summer fabric and tying them at different lengths.
I love how this added to the outdoorsy feel.
Each friend will have a little notebook with their initial as their place card (I also wrote a cute little message on the front page)
(with the notebooks I simply added layers with a doily, cupcake holder, a ticket and their initial)
I like to send my friends home with some form of memory.
As they sat down they were greeted with this yummy and ever refreshing frozen strawberry lemonade.
Here’s the rest of the day’s menu.
Ok, here’s the fun part. . .
My grown up lemonade stand which was set out to greet them on the front porch.
Perfect way to let guests pour a glass of lemonade and grab a cookie while you, as the hostess, are finishing the final touches for the luncheon.
As they left, each were given their own (grown-up) pinwheel, because we’re never too old to enjoy an oversize pixie stick.
So how about you, do you pull over when you see a child behind a lemonade stand?
As always my friends, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day!
Linking up with Jann for SYC (share your cup thursday).