Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day!

Fewer and fewer people celebrate May Day anymore. I think it's such a sweet tradition (bringing in May) to create a May Day Basket and leave it on someone's door handle--just ring the bell and run! You can give them to friends, family, or elderly neighbors. The basket can be of any shape or style and contain flowers, cookies, candy, or maybe even tea and scones. Here's one of my May Day Baskets. I used a green toile container, added some fresh spring flowers, and a green gingham ribbon to tie the basket to the door handle...very simple...very Southern.


Since it's the first day of May, I thought I'd also show y'all my "Friendship Gifts" for the month--Mint Julep teabags. They are inside the cute little thatched-style, cottage boxes and wrapped in cello, then tied with spring-ish gingham ribbon...definitely Southern.
Thank you for stopping by today. Remember, it's the little things that you do for others that makes the day special and memorable.

20 comments:

Bama Girl in AZ said...

I love your May Day gifts and your May treats! Thanks Miss Janice!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Leaving flowers on May Day had slipped my mind, how fun, we'll have to do this!
Valerie

PoshMomma said...

FABULOUS - as always!

carolinajewel said...

Happy May Day! I want to start celebrating May Day, too!!!! Love your basket and the gifts. :D Jewel

Lou Lou said...

So adorable! I had never heard of this tradition but I would like to start next year!

Lisa said...

Happy May Day to you too, Miss Janice!

Domestic Designer said...

Happy May Day to you as well. I am spending the day visiting family and friends. Passing out treats to those I love! Have a great day!

Kate said...

I love the idea of May Day. It's not at much of a tradition in New England. I think because it's still a bit chilly up here most of May.

Nancy said...

OOOH Miss Janice, I love the May Day Treat Bags!!! ADORABLE! My Mom always celebrates May Day. She said that use to you didn't wear your sandals until May Day. HMMM??? Anyway, Happy May Day to you! Nancy

QueenBeeSwain said...

you are so sweet Miss Janice- glad to see I'm not the only person that practices this day- although your goodies are much more fab than mine were!

kHm

Meghan said...

You are the bestest friend ever.
I so need to move near you!

malloryann said...

so glad to know there are people besides my mother keeping tradition alive... i will too!

PAT said...

Happy May Day, Miss Janice. The basket is lovely.

Kara said...

Miss Janice without you I'd forget all the rules.....I gotta go do the basket for my elder couple neighbors and one for the widower across the street!
Such great ideas!

Beaufort Belle said...

I always loved the tradition of May Day. I had planned to make a May Day "May Pole" cake as well as some flowers to neighbors I don't know. Unfortunately, way too much to do this week.

I love your friendship gifts as always. Do you just have these sitting on the table for when friends drop by or do you actually hand them out to friends?

Sit A Spell said...

I totally agree! Love that sweet basket...sounds like something I would do, but the MI people wouldn't quite understand the southerness of it! It's quite gloomy up here today...50's and a bit rainy. Thanks for brightening my day.

It is the little things we do that shows we care. have a lovely weekend Miss Janice.

OH...how do you like living in Flordia? It's so different from TN.

Her Preppiness said...

They are all adorable!!!

thepreppyprincess said...

We love May Day Miss Janice, but you are correct, no one seems to celebrate much anymore. :(

Have a delightful Derby Day and weekend!
tp

Teresa Jane said...

I went outside several times and nobody had left me any flowers. Whassup with that Miss Janice?
BFF

Kappa Prep said...

Happy May Day to you Mrs Janice! Here at the Dallas grocery stores they sell May day bouquets- they always make me smile just like your posts. You are a living testament of the last few lines of your post!