May Day is just around the corner and although it’s not celebrated widely today, it’s a really lovely part of America’s European heritage and one that I like to recognize each year. May Day, celebrated on May 1st can be traced back to Rome and their annual Festival of Flora. This celebration of the summer solstice and the arrival of new season, was a time of joy and hope after a long cold winter. There are lots of traditions associated with May Day but our favorite is to gather in the flowers and make a May Day Basket. This year we adapted this traditional gift to a paper May Cone which is simple to make even for the little ones. We picked up this gorgeous faux wood wrap at Paper Source, punched a hole in either side of the cone and added the ribbon. Our tag has a special message which reads “Enjoy the little things” – perfect to add to this little floral gift. Below I will show you how to keep your blooms wet without spoiling your paper cone – because thirsty flowers aren’t pretty! Traditionally the May Basket was secretly hung on your neighbors door which is a great way to share the joy of Summer and all the beauty it brings – why not consider brightening up your neighborhood by gifting a may cone or two to your neighbors? Enjoy! ~ Lia
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I just saw this post and it’s a little late but I just had to comment. As an American living in France, I wanted to share that today (May 1st) is a holiday here. For the French ,and some other European countries the day signifies a labor-free day .. shops closed, government, museums. The workers’ unions fought for a long time and finally the workday had been reduced to only 8 hours. May 1, 1889 was the first official holiday … and the traditional flower to give is Lily of the Valley. In fact, my father-in-law just brought a small bouquet over for my daughter and I!
Thanks for your blog, I enjoy seeing your creativity and trying my hand at some of your ideas.
Happy May day. How lovely of your father-in-law to bring some lily flowers!
Thank you, Lia. As a child living in Maryland my mother and I left such May Day baskets on our neighbor’s doors. Lovely tradition! Thank you for jogging my memory.
It is a lovely tradition!
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