Mayday basket bouquet

Happy Mayday! Do you celebrate May first as a holiday? In many countries today is a public holiday to welcome in the month of May (and the summer season) with dancing, singing, flowers, and cake! Sounds like a perfect Friday to me. Although we have our own summer kick off holiday coming up, we can still get in on the Mayday fun. The tradition says – no matter what weather yesterday or tomorrow may bring, the first of May is always good weather for celebrating. What a fun idea:)

We started handing out small May Day bouquets to our closest friends the past few years. Even if you just grab a simple bunch of flowers from the first garden blooms (or the grocery store) gifting flowers is a happy way to celebrate the turning of the season. And an easy idea to make any Friday brighter.

While we get our flowers ready, here are a few other ideas for celebrating Mayday this weekend…

Mix a batch of Finland’s traditional Sima (aka fermented lemonade), or make this quick version called Limettisima that will be ready the same day

Bake these sweet “monks” for a treat that will easily rival our current donut obsession

Funnel cakes are also a huge Mayday hit around the world, here’s my favorite funnel cake recipe (they’re bright and colorful too!)

Make a Maypole just for fun

In America’s earliest days we used to celebrate by handing out Mayday baskets. The game was to place a basket filled with flowers and treats by a friend’s door, knock, and run. If the basket leaver was caught before running away a kiss would be exchanged. I can only imagine how much fun the kids would have carrying on this tradition. Here’s a super simple Mayday basket template, and a cute ones to buy.

These minature Mayday bouquets are already wrapped for door dropping

In Hawaii the day is celebrated by handing out a lei

Happy May Day! So excited to jump into celebrating summer around here on Monday.

(Photography done in collaboration ©Ruth Black/Stocksy International).