Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Peeps but the opinions, stories, thoughts and experiences are my own. They sent me a big ol’ box of Lemonade flavored peeps and this is what happened…
So a big box arrives full of adorable marshmallow birds. The Peeps are here!
I’ve seen the crafts. I’ve seen the recipes. I’ve even seen the amazing dioramas that people build out of them. What on earth are we going to do? Should we make s’mores? Should I arrange them on top of a lemon pie? Should we make a stop motion video with them? Should we make a “pick the duck” game out of them like at fairs? This is fun!
He suggests the obvious answer.
The kids taste the lemonade flavor (they love it) and we start talking about lemonade and whether or not we still have lemons growing on our tree and whether or not I’ll make some lemonade for them.
And then brilliance hits. We’ll have a lemonade stand! We’ll give a free lemonade flavored Peeps away with each purchase! (This way we won’t eat the entire box!)
The kids love the idea (thinking their profit will be even higher with the added value of candy) so we make lemonade and they add a drawing of a peep to their already existing sign from past lemonade stands.
As we are grabbing things to go outside I take a closer look at one of the packages. It says, “A donation will be made to Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation for childhood cancer.” Huh, that’s cool. I guess I’m not so brilliant for thinking of pairing lemonade peeps with a lemonade stand. It was right there drawn on the package.
I mention this to the kids and (still thrilled from our last charity project with the shirts) they want to donate all the money from their lemonade stand to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
After only about five minutes, a neighbor we always see out walking happens by and the kids are ready with their sales pitches.
(Lemonade stand business tip to parents #1: Don’t charge a set amount. Just say customers can “Pay whatever they want.” They’ll make more this way. Adults fall for the kid cuteness factor and just start handing out cash. Trust me, we’ve done it both ways.)
Then neighbor lady (no, I don’t remember her name because I suck and I can’t remember any of my neighbor’s names) ate the lemonade flavored peeps and sipped lemonade and I watched her get high on sugar.
Once high she pulled me aside to laugh about how she hadn’t had a peep since her kids were little and how she used to steal them out of their Easter baskets when they were sleeping.
She still had some lemonade left so I think she just wanted more peeps. The peeps were winning. Winning against our homegrown lemonade. Maybe because we aren’t very good at making it. (Kidding, we really do know how to make it now.)
In the end, she wound up giving us six dollars and some change. We completely cleaned out her wallet.
(Lemonade stand business tip to parents #2: If you must do it during the week, set up your stand at the end of the day when people are heading home from work. Otherwise stick to the weekends. We did this particular one mid-afternoon on a Wednesday and business was too slow. They’ve had weekend stands where they’ve pulled in 20 bucks in less than an hour.)
We had only two more customers before we
ran out of lemonade got too hot and made a grand total of $8.64 which we donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
We still have a few Peeps left. Not sharing though. You’ll have to stop by our next lemonade stand.
I can’t remember what I was going to write here. I already told you that this is a sponsored post so it wasn’t about that. Except that when free candy knocks, you open the door. There are select things I’ll always open the door to and I think we all know what they are. Candy, hot tubs and booze. Any questions?
Oh and that this post was written while on a sugar high, drinking booze and sitting in a hot tub. Except minus the last two things. Sadly.