In the meantime, I wanted to tell you all about Maren's Fabulous Bake Sale and Lemonade Stand. Actually, let me back up a bit. Last Wednesday, I helped put on a tea party for 35 of the cute little girls and their moms that I work with at my church. I decorated the entire thing, five tables' worth, solely with the contents of my house: vintage tablecloths, strands of pearls, my great-grandmother's antique tea cup collection, vintage hankies, and silver spoons, as well as all of the cake pedestals and other serving pieces. NONE of which I have a photo of, because the ONLY thing I forgot the entire night was my bloomin' camera! :( I also hand-lettered the place cards, baked 60+ mini cupcakes decorated with pink icing and blue sugar pearls, and had the pleasure of dressing up in one of my vintage dresses, a feathered fascinator, pink cat-eye glasses, pearls, and white gloves so I could give an etiquette lesson as Miss Manners. The whole thing was very fun and I think the girls and their moms had a great time, but it was just a ton of work, especially falling in the same week as the Lemonade Stand.
I tried to get things ready for the Lemonade Stand ahead of time: I baked two batches of Peanut Butter Blossoms on Tuesday and popped those into the freezer. We built the framework for the awning on Sunday, and on Tuesday evening I went to IKEA and bought the striped fabric. They were all out of the black and white striped Sofia fabric that I really had my heart set on,
so I ended up with the hot pink and white striped fabric instead.
On Thursday, I sewed the awning. I should note that our PVC pipe Lemonade Stand was loosely based on this one from Not2Crafty. However, we built our stand around a 6'6" table so our measurements were different and I sewed the awning a bit differently, but it did give us a great jumping-off point.
On Friday, I baked like a madwoman. I made Devil's Food cupcakes with butter cream frosting (two dozen),
Knock You Naked Brownies (two pans),
Basically, I was a flurry of sugar and butter all day long. That night, I finished the awning and The Mister helped me make signs
cute vintage trash can to use at the booth. I had thought of every single detail.
And then we woke Saturday morning up to this:
I thought Maren was going to be devastated. I thought there were going to be tears, and I'd have to console my poor sobbing little 7-year-old girl that the event we'd been talking about for literally a month, the one that she asked daily how many more days it was until her Lemonade Stand--wasn't going to happen. And you know what? I think I was more disappointed than she was. After all, I'm the one who invested hours and $$ into it. I'm surprised I didn't cry.
So then we were left with dozens and dozens of treats that weren't going to keep. I hurriedly invited over everyone to a "Lemons into Lemonade" party that night to just help us eat everything. We had a few take us up on the offer and help us eat our way through the spread, but many of our friends had taken part in a CRAZY race that morning in the 42 degree rain and mud and were still at home trying to stop shivering, so they couldn't make it.
We set up the awning in the front room and I laid everything out, if nothing else than to console myself by making something pretty.
I even had a pretty pink, black and white vintage glass pitcher for water:
But maybe I won't bake quite so much next time.