Several years ago I joined The No Nuts Moms Group which was founded by Lisa Birkle-Rutter and a year ago I became a part of the Team as a Support Group Co-Leader. The NNMG has taught me a lot about how to navigate food allergies and keep my son that has a life-threatening allergy, safer. I have learned about several food products from the group, like Surf Sweets, a company that is dedicated to producing delicious, organic treats free of the 10 most common food allergens. They have been a go-to item for our kids school parties because of the multiple food allergies within the classroom, which makes them the perfect party treat to have a safe and inclusive celebration. These yummy treats sparked a fun idea for my friend, Michelle and I. What if we created an organic and allergy friendly lemonade stand with Organic Surf Sweets products?!
Hosting an allergy friendly lemonade stand was a great interactive way to show how kids with food allergies can still enjoy the same things as other kids. To make the lemonade stand, I asked my husband, Scott, if he could make a cute lemonade stand out of pallets that I had seen on Pinterest. At first this sounded great but then we realized it wasn’t realistic because Scott had enough projects on his honey-do list, we had kids’ events to attend and homework to keep up on. Instead, I bought a few items at the store and grabbed some items from inside my home to create an organic, allergy friendly & rustic lemonade stand.
The things I purchased from local stores consisted of:
- Yellow felt table cloth
- Paper pennants
- Biodegradable cups & straws
- Ice tea pitcher
- Organic lemonade & lemons.
- Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears
To create the table I used a folding table with a white bedsheet over it & then I put the yellow table cloth over the white sheet. Then I grabbed other items from around the house to give it a more rustic organic appearance. I created the sign from a simple poster board & poster board letters. All the neighborhood kids loved the Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears and lemonade. We even had our really good neighborhood friends join in and help us. My kids are excited to host a few more allergy friendly lemonade stands this summer. Next time we plan to raise money & support our favorite organization, FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis connection Team).
Surf Sweets wants you to have fun this summer making your own allergy friendly lemonade stand! Go their Facebook page and comment on the post about the lemonade stand with your answer to the question, “how does your family celebrate summer?” They will pick 2 random winners to receive a 50 pack of Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears candy and a Lemonade Stand Kit valued at $100. The kit may include:
lemonade pitcher, bio-degradable cups, straws, table cover, chalkboard sign and a bowl or basket. Additionally, 5+ winners will receive Surf Sweets products! The giveaway will run from June 5 – June 12, so hurry up and enter! Questions? Check out the Contest Rules!
Support Group Co-Leader
No Nuts Moms Group