I hosted our first  lemonade stand at our home this summer, and it was so much fun. Since we aren’t in a good location for a traditional lemonade stand, I decided to send out invites and invite over 120 people to our home for a lemonade stand party. We did this to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that is near and dear to my heart. As a parent of a survivor, I know how important it is that we fund better research options for pediatric cancer. Last year, I joined the advisory board, and want to share more about this incredible organization. June is such a special month for ALSF, and this is such a great way to get involved and benefit a cause that should matter to all of us. 


A Lemonade Stand Party for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


Only 4% of government funding for cancer research goes toward pediatric cancer. Yet more than 45 children are diagnosed with cancer every single day. It’s one of those things that you never think will happen to your child, and chances are that it won’t. But it happened to my daughter, and I know too much. I can’t not fight for these kids. And this is an easy and fun way for the whole family to make a difference. 

Hosting a lemonade stand benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a rewarding way to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer. By carefully planning and promoting your event, engaging the community, and creating a fun and informative atmosphere, you can make a significant impact. Every cup of lemonade served and every dollar raised brings us one step closer to finding a cure for childhood cancer, honoring Alex’s legacy and continuing her mission of hope and determination.

There are few things better than an ice cold drink on a sweltering summer day. Summer is here, and so is Lemonade Days at ALSF. It is my hope that everyone who is able to host a lemonade stand will have one for a good cause this June, or later this summer. It’s so easy – you can sign up here. Having a lemonade stand feels like an essential part of childhood. And holding a stand to benefit a wonderful organization is a great way to teach your kids important skills like keeping track of sales, money management, customer service, and how to give back, too. Thinking about others is a valuable skill to have in life – it teaches kids the importance of empathy, kindness, and what really matters. 



Planning Our Lemonade Stand Party

Define the Purpose and Set Goals

Start by clearly defining the purpose of the event. Understand and communicate the mission of ALSF to your potential attendees. Set realistic fundraising goals to give your event direction. Whether it’s $500 or $5000, having a target helps in planning and motivating participants.

Choose a Date and Location

Most people can probably host a lemonade stand on their corner, but that wouldn’t really work for us. So I sent out an invitation to pretty much everyone we know, and hosted a party from 1-4PM at our home. My girls ran their own little lemonade business, asking for donations at their treat stand. ALSF made it so easy! People could donate cash, and some did, but others just scanned our QR code, or went directly to our Lemonade Days fundraiser page. Select a date that gives you enough time to plan and promote the event. Consider hosting your lemonade stand on a corner, in your own backyard, local park, or at an event. Make sure the location is accessible and safe for families and children.

Create a Theme and Invitations

A lemonade stand themed party offers a vibrant, cheerful theme. Incorporate yellow and green colors, lemon graphics, and summer elements into your invitations and decorations. You can send digital invites via email or social media, or print handmade cards for a personal touch.


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Lemonade Stand Party Food and Decor

Planning was so easy! I bought organic lemonade at Costco and ordered cookies and cupcakes from Toni’s Bakery (they offered everything at cost since it was for a fundraiser). My friend made rice krispie treats and we bought High Noon for adults. We didn’t want there to be any confusion in what was and wasn’t kid-friendly, so cans felt like the way to go. 

I didn’t need to create idea boards for this one.I used the same lemon garland that I ordered for Margot’s first birthday party, and the wonderful Aubrey of 99 Haus Balloons donated the most beautiful balloons to make our lemonade party even more fun. 

We hosted a fun and successful lemonade stand, raising $6500 for ALSF. Not only did our friends and family support us, but I turned to social media and asked for virtual donations as well. That money will go to life-saving research for pediatric cancer, which is so underfunded. It will help the families of ~45 children that are diagnosed with cancer every single day. 

Promoting the Event

Social Media

Utilize social media platforms to promote your event. Create an event page on Facebook, share posts on Instagram and Twitter, and use hashtags like #AlexsLemonadeStand and #FightChildhoodCancer. Encourage your friends and family to share your posts.

Local Media

Reach out to local newspapers, radio stations, and TV channels to cover your event. A feature story can attract more attendees and raise awareness.

Flyers and Posters

Distribute flyers and posters in your community. Place them in local businesses, schools, and community centers. Include all relevant details and a compelling message to draw interest.


About ALSF

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for research into childhood cancer. The foundation was inspired by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a young girl who, despite her own battle with cancer, started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. I connected with her mom, Liz, before my own daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and reached out when we began our own cancer journey. After my daughter finished treatment, I joined ALSF’s advisory board. By organizing a lemonade stand or party, you can contribute to Alex’s vision and help in the fight against childhood cancer. Here’s a comprehensive guide to making your event successful and impactful.


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