Celebrating May Day 1


May Day CelebrationsA few years ago, our family had a  neighbor who would randomly send her girls over with a handful of flowers. When we heard the knock, knock, knock at the door, my kids and I always ran to answer and then after thanking the girls, we excitedly put our flowers in water, to enjoy as long as possible. I loved these surprise flower drop-offs. They made me think of the old May Day (May 1st) traditions.

Years ago, May 1st  was filled with celebrations, including the making of May baskets. The flower and treat-filled baskets were secretly placed on neighbors’ door handles for a May Day surprise. This is one tradition I’d love to see brought back!

What if we as a community committed to surprising a few friends with flowers on May 1st this year? Would you join me in this? 

Here are a few simple ideas for your May  Day flower surprise:

Surprise your girls  by making flower crowns with them. Here’s a great tutorial.
flower crownSee what you can create from the beauty in your own yard…. Inspiration from Oana Befort
flower crown

Create a simple hanging vase with a recycled can and leave it on a friend’s door. Grab the full tutorial here.may day

Fill a mason jar with flowers and attach a cute tag. Grab the free printable here! may day 1

Create simple May Day mini-bouquets and drive around with your kids, leaving them on the door steps of some of your favorite people. Grab the easy DIY here.may day 2

Pop flowers in a paper bag, tie with string and deliver to friends. Find multiple arrangement ideas here. May day 3

“The earth laughs in flowers.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

So….are you in? Let’s spread some love on May 1st, by surprising someone special with flowers. I’d love to see what you come up with so, be sure to post your pictures to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram, using #NWHealthyMama.

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.


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