Hooray for May: Celebrations, Recipes and Party Inspiration!

Happy May 1st!

 I’m sharing a May Day Basket on our dock, a nod to the charming and forgotten tradition of filling a basket with flowers to leave on your neighbor’s or friend’s door on the first day of May. My basket is filled with wildflowers blooming, free-for-the-picking, Bachelor Buttons and Ox-eye Daisies.

May is my favorite spring month as it brings warm spring days without the sweltering humidity and beautiful May flowers. . .

When the pretty in pink Knock Out Roses and Peonies bloom.

And with May comes its celebrations and holidays. . . Cinco de Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day!

Cinco de Mayo is in cuatro days and you can find a round-up of recipes with a fiesta of flavor for your celebration, HEREwith recipes for Cinco De Mayo Mini Taco Dips, Dos Berry Salsaand Key Lime Margarita Cupcakesto name a few!

Celebrate with a South of the Border Flavor table and a fiesta of food and flowers. . .

  It’s Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo as the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Church Hill Downs fall on Saturday, May 5th this year. What a dilemma. . . I don’t know whether to wear my fanciest hat or sport a sombrero. :)

Quench your thirst with some Sangria Mexicana for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or a Cucumber Margarita.

Or sip on a Sweet Tea Julep, a marriage of two classic Southern drinks, the mint julep and sweet tea, for Derby Day.

Equestrian plaid is paired with roses and Mint Julep Cups serve as vases for azalea blooms and sprigs of mint in an Off To The Races Derby-Inspired Tablescape, inspired by the “Run for the Roses”.

 Mini Derby Pies with Bourbon Whipped Cream 

Mini Derby Pies marry pecan pie with chocolate and a touch of Kentucky bourbon for a winning trifecta. This Bluegrass-inspired recipe is just the right size for “the fastest two minutes in sports”!

Mini Kentucky Hot Browns, a Run for the Roses appetizer and quintessential Derby Day party food.

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13th this year. Celebrate with a

Flowers for Mother’s Day Table

Or assemble a floral arrangement for Mother’s Day from a Chick-fil-A Bouquet

Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch Strawberry Bellini 

Baked Strawberry-Almond French Toast Casserole

An easy make-ahead recipe for Mother’s Day or Sunday Brunch

Or celebrate with a Berry {Quick & Easy} Layered Cake

Cut a store-bought pound cake or angel food cake in thirds, layer with your fruit and filling of choice and serve! Also ideal for celebrating the Red, White & Blueberry for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the US. It falls on May 28th this year.

 It’s also the unofficial kick off of summer.

Celebrate with some patriotic fare. . .

12 Patriotic Recipes to Celebrate the Red, White and Blueberry!  

Speaking of May flowers, I hope you’ll stop back by on Friday, May 4th for another edition of Floral Friday and some inspiration for Mother’s Day.

Happy first day of May!

Sharing with:  Metamorphosis Monday
The ScoopWow Us Wednesdays,  Feathered Nest Friday

  30 comments for “Hooray for May: Celebrations, Recipes and Party Inspiration!

  1. May 1, 2018 at 6:22 am

    While all are beautiful and appetizing, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and my birthday, the Indy 500 is one of my favs in May (and famous)!! 🏎🏁🏎🏁🏎🏁

  2. Granny 35 (France)
    May 1, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Joli bouquet aux couleurs de la Suède ! Chez nous ce jour, on offre du muguet !
    Bonne journée.

  3. May 1, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Great round-up Mary, May is definitely pack with celebration days! It is one of my favorite months, lots of sunshine and consistent warm days without being too hot! With so many diverse holidays, May is one fun and continuous celebration, Ole!
    Jenna

  4. Karen Wright
    May 1, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Happy May Day, Mary! Love the basket of May Day flowers! And the alfresco tables! I’m trying the Kentucky Hot Browns this weekend! Love the post!!!

  5. May 1, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I suggest gluing a few flowers to your sombrero just to cover all bases Mary! May is a fun month and the official start of red, white and blue season-enjoy:@)

    • May 1, 2018 at 8:37 am

      What a great solution Lynn! 💐🌺🌸 I went to two Walmarts yesterday to find those jars… thanks again!

  6. Chris Ott
    May 1, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Happy May Day Marytwo you Ilove your post your flowers on the table are very verypretty

  7. May 1, 2018 at 7:32 am

    What a jaw-dropping round-up Mary! Beautiful celebrations, tables, and food fill this beautiful post. I love the month of May. The past three days have been absolute perfection! Happy Tuesday!

    • May 1, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Thanks so much Pam! The weather has been glorious here to but we’re heating up for the weekend. Looking forward to seeking you Friday. 🌺💐🌸❤️

  8. Marina Brivio
    May 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Dear Mary happy may 1st to you😘

  9. Rita C.
    May 1, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Happy 1st day of May to you, Mary! What a way to kick it off – thank you, thank you!

  10. Susan B
    May 1, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Thanks so much for your beautiful post today and reminding us of the May Day Flower baskets. I wish we were still honoring that tradition today, flowers always make the day so much brighter. May is such a wonderful month filled with so many happy occasions. Enjoyed all your photos Mary.

    • May 1, 2018 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Susan, me too! 🌺🌸💐

  11. Sandi
    May 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I love waking up in the morning, getting my coffee and opening up my computer to one of your gloriously gorgeous posts! Thank you very much for doing what you do. A beautiful way to begin the day!

  12. franki
    May 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Oh, I DO so remember filling baskets of flowers and putting on doorsteps and off we would run…later years, I had my daughter do the running! May IS the beginning isn’t it!! franki

  13. Sharon
    May 1, 2018 at 10:52 am

    What time is you cinco de mayo party!!! Looks like fun! Your flowers are beautiful as is your lakefront view!. How close is Lake Norman to Wilmington? I have a sister that summers on Oak Island

  14. S Williams
    May 1, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Hi Mary The month of May will be quite busy & enjoyable with the various festivities. I absolutely love your plaid plates with the floral design in the center! Would you please advise where you obtained these & the name of the pattern? They are so pretty & I would love to add to my collection if possible! They look like an heirloom but I would love to search for them in hopes of finding at least a couple of salad plates. Wishing you a happy May day! 😄 Clara

  15. Donna
    May 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Again, truly a feast for the eyes. . .the Chick-Fila bouquet is a sweet gift. I like to “gift” my friends with bouquets in silly “character” glasses like Donald Duck. I will be making that French toast dish for sure. Thanks for the inspiration. Your flowers, the food and the tables are the best. Happy May Day. . .

  16. May 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    A plethora of joyful memories! Love the roses and peonies.

  17. May 1, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you for a roundup of inspiration for May, Mary! I always know where to look for great ideas from you! Happy May Day! 💐

  18. Cyndi Raines
    May 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Those pecan Derby pies look so good and the Berry layered cake too and the Strawberry Almond French Toast, oh my! So many good recipes! Lovely pictures Mary! Happy May Day!

  19. May 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I cannot imagine being at a party at your home….the food, the table, the fun, and the DRINKS!!….Happy May Day and I am with you….would love to see the tradition of May Day being more prevalent……gone, like the handwritten note!

  20. Catherine LUXEREAU
    May 2, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Bonjour Mary, merci pour ces jolies photos de fleurs et de petites tartettes et autres mets qui sont très appétissants ! Hum;;;;Pour le premier mai en France, on offre quelques brins de muguet….

    Votre blog est une source intarissable d’inspiration…!!!! Merci Mary et continuez à nous faire “rêver” Madame la Fée !

  21. Marion
    May 2, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Thank You Mary for this colorful post. you always out do yourself.
    Marion

  22. Joan
    May 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Love the variety in this post. I love watching The Kentucky Derby and seeing if I can guess the winner. Looking at the fashions is nice too.
    Joan

  23. Marilyn
    May 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Happy May Mary. The leaving a basket for May 1st. is a lovely tradition but it is a forgotten one. Love the flowers and the patriotic decorations.
    Marilyn

  24. May 2, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    EVERYTHING you create is simply beautiful!!

  25. Barbara Sassano
    May 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This is so fantastic of a post, I can’t look at it all at one time. I want to keep going back, I see more things each time I return to it! This is wonderful!!!!!!!

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