Abigail’s Lemonade Party

You know how much Mrs. Gore loves a party.

I love to throw parties, planning the details and the special touches.

But I also love to GO to parties.

Especially if my sister-in-law Amy is in charge of them.

She truly outdid herself for her daughter Abigail’s 8th birthday party. The party was centered around a lemonade stand that Abigail’s Daddy and Uncle Matt built for her, inspired by this one Amy came across on Pinterest. It turned out to be the perfect theme for a Memorial Day birthday party, taking place right next to her Mema’s pond in the country.

It turned out to be swelteringly hot that afternoon, but that only made the lemonade taste better! And the children, of course, didn’t seem to notice, and had the best time playing outside and celebrating the life of Abigail Grace.

Amy, pregnant with her 4th child and dripping with sweat, might have regretted all the work she put into this party, until she overheard Abigail asking her friend, Katy, the following question…

“Didn’t my Mom do good?”

That’s all Amy needed to hear.

Take a look at this amazing party, full of lemons, lemonade, lemon cupcakes, lemon blossoms, lemon slices and…peanut butter sandwiches. (to see the photos up close, simply click on them and use your back button to return).


A perfect gift for an 8-year old girl with the brain of an entrepreneur? A lemonade stand! Just in time for summer.

A basket of lemons…

And enough lemonade to quench the thirsts of many children who had been playing – and partying – pretty hard.

I thought the food table was precious. The table was covered with a soft floral vintage sheet…

and boasted a huge treat stand full of prettily-wrapped sandwiches, some peanut butter and jelly, some turkey and cheese. This particular galvanized stand is from Pottery Barn and is no longer available, but they carry a new one now. Find it by clicking here.

A picnic basket held disposable plates, and napkins that were wrapped in doilies and tied with twine.

“L is for Lemon”…how cute is that?! I went to ask Amy where she purchased it, and she informed me that she made it on Microsoft Word. My sister-in-law is LEGIT.

And this folding tray was perfect for holding individual bags of chips for all the guests.

A nice way to look at things: “When life gives you lemons make lemon cupcakes.” You can buy your own sign like this at the Betty Turbo shop on Etsy. To see it, click here. And then you should probably go make some lemon cupcakes…

like these, that my Mom made from a Gooseberry Patch recipe. I don’t have the recipe handy, but I promise I’ll share it someday. They are delicious! And Amy tied a simple yellow ribbon on a toothpick to decorate it. I loved the finished product!

My sole contribution to this party was requested by Abigail herself, Paula Deen’s Lemon Blossoms. Everytime I make them, Abigail is first in line to eat them. You should go ahead and add this recipe to your file – they are SO good – but ladies of my church…understand that if you bring these to a potluck, I’ll kill you. These are mine, savvy? Find the recipe here.

A galvanized tub holds mason jars filled with iced sweet tea – so refreshing and fun!

This bunting Amy made was simple, but so stinkin’ cute. If she would quit having kids, she could make a fortune off of her creativity. But she makes awfully precious kids…

Like that girl on the left, Abigail Grace. She and my Betsie share a birthday, so Amy snapped a few photos of them together…

and I’m so glad she did! This one is going in the album, for sure.

okay, and maybe this one, too. Betsie says, “when life gives you lemons, eat them, rind and all. Until Mama comes and digs it out of your mouth and adds it to the pile of dangerous things that have almost choked you to death.”

My sister-in-law, Kaci, surprised Abigail with her first pair of TOMS at the party. Awesome gift. Maybe Aunt Kaci will bring a pair of TOMS to Mrs. Gore’s birthday party in December?…

That this beloved niece is already 8 years old astounds me. I remember rocking her to sleep during Sunday School and helping her hide in my laundry hamper for games of hide-and-seek. Life truly is a vapor, moving so quickly! I’m so glad for moments and celebrations like this that remind us to stop for a minute and take in the miracle of life.

After blowing out her candles, Abigail donned her apron…

and served her guests. I thought this was a particularly lovely gesture, and I hope to remember it as my children grow older.

And, of course, it didn’t hurt that Abigail’s best friend, Katy, was there to help her. Those two love each other so much…

as do these two…when they’re not fighting mad at each other.

The beautiful birthday girl…8 years old suits her, don’t you think?

My feistiest little niece of all, Kate Belle, sips on a glass of lemonade.

Abigail and Katy share a hug before Abigail opens her gifts.

A special envelope for Abigail holds a vintage yellow and white handkerchief, a perfect memento to remember her lemonade stand birthday party…

After opening gifts, the birthday girl and her friends cool off in the now-empty bucket of ice water…

I was so tempted to join them. Doesn’t that look like it feels so good?!

Lemon photo booth!

lemons, lemons and MORE lemons!!

everyone say “lemons!!”

“Didn’t my Mom do good?!”

I’d say she did GREAT.

Obviously, when life gives you lemons…

life is pretty near perfect.

Well done, Amy! This party was anything but a lemon.