John (with just a teensy tiny push) generously decided to donate ALL of the money from his lemonade stand to "cat heaven." Soon after we lost both of our kitties last summer (in unrelated incidents that I won't get into here), we were walking by a no-kill cage free cat shelter and John just stood mesmerized in the window for what seemed like ages. Finally, he asked "is this cat heaven because it looks so wonderful?" It took us a few minutes to put it all together, but when we did it instantly went down in history as one of the sweetest, most innocent and thoroughly endearing things he's ever said. Since then, whenever we are near "cat heaven" we spend some time visiting with the kitties. One day we'll bring a new pet home... we're just not quite there yet.
Ice cold lemonade was served up in cute clear party cups with festive green straws and yellow napkins (all of which I pulled from my previous party stash). It's all about the packaging and presentation, my friends. And when you get a load of what he raked in for the cats, you'll be a believer too.
Remember the buggy full of ribbon and paper embellishments, well, they got their inaugural use fashioned as price tags on our goods. I cut a sliver off the bottom of the lemons to keep them stable, started a hole on the top with a skewer and then simply eased in the price tags.
Hoping to up-sell our customers on a sweet treat in addition to their ice cold lemonade (which was ever so successful), we spent a few hours last night in the kitchen baking cupcakes, creating rice krispie ice cream treats, mixing lemonade and making signs.
The Rice Krispie Treats ice cream cones were ridiculously darling and delish to boot. Simply mix up a batch of RKTs and let cool to the touch. With a regular ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray (front and back), mound in tightly packed scoops of RKTs (it helps to also spray your hands). Next push into mini cake cones, top with a drizzle of white chocolate and decorate to your heart's content (we used sprinkles and Lemonheads.) If you try this at home, the major issue is keeping them standing up. Next time I will either weigh the cones down with candy inside OR use a little bit of the melted white chocolate bark to "glue" the cones to the platter.
Cupcakes were also topped with sprinkles and Lemonheads... keeping with our Lemonade theme :-)
As all good salesmen do, the littles sampled the goods before the first customer arrived. Luck for the help (read: moi) all passed inspection. (A do-over would have been dreadfully impossible at opening hour.)
This is hands down my favorite picture of the day. Cookie didn't miss a beat helping out brother with his endeavor. They held their signs, waved down cars and chanted "ice cold lemonade... get your ice cold lemonade" for hours on end.
At the end of day, after countless visits from family, friends, neighbors, strangers and even our sweet mail-lady, the PCP sold SEVENTY-ONE dollars worth of lemonade (and treats) to aid the felines at "cat heaven." I will surely have a tear in my eye when he marches in to turn over his donation later this week.
A sincere thank you goes out to all of you that were late to work, those that came on your lunch break, and those that loaded up car-fulls of kids on a steamy day to help make this such a smashing success! It was the best day yet on the Kindergarten Countdown!