Welcome May: Celebrations, Recipes and Party Inspiration!

Happy May 1st!

May is my favorite spring month as it brings beautiful May flowers here in North Carolina. . .

And is the month when pretty-in-pink Knock Out Roses and Peonies bloom.

May Flowers Around the Potting Shed

With the arrival of May comes celebrations and holidays. . . Cinco de Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day!

 The 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby  at Church Hill Downs is on Saturday, May 4th this year.

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 married 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 most exciting two minutes in sports”!

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

Sweet Tea Julep & Margarita Pops

Cool off with a frozen cocktail for your summer fiesta, Cinco de Mayo or Run for the Roses celebration.

Cinco de Mayo is in cuatro days. . .

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. . .

Quench your thirst with some Sangria Mexicana . . .

Or a Cucumber Margarita.

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th 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

Celebrate Mom with a teapot and mini teacup bouquets. . .

Teapot Bouquets + Lakeside Table by the Azaleas

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

Use a store-bought pound cake or angel food cake and 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 27th this year.

Celebrating the Red, White and Bloom

 Memorial Day is also the unofficial kick off of summer.

Celebrate with some patriotic fare. . .

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

Happy May!

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  33 comments for “Welcome May: Celebrations, Recipes and Party Inspiration!

  1. Donna C
    May 1, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful as always. You do have some unique recipes!

  2. May 1, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Mary, Your tables and recipes are a feast for the eyes! So much beauty here. I can’t wait to try the Strawberry Almond French Toast and a Strawberry Bellini! Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent with us. Happy first day of May! 🌼🌹🌸

  3. Michelle wing
    May 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    All recipes are so tantalizing! Yummy! Happy derby day, and happy Cinco De Mayo! Lots to celebrate this month, plus mothers day😱🤗🍷🍸

  4. May 1, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Happy May Mary! Love your Off To The Races tablescape! So many celebrations for the month of May!

  5. Liz
    May 1, 2019 at 7:01 am

    This is perfect. Absolutely beautiful. Can you tell me if The flatware is sterling and if not what is the brand name please and where I can find that pattern ?

  6. Ellen
    May 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

    LOVE IT ALL!! Thank you for the recipes!! 🇺🇸❤️😍

  7. May 1, 2019 at 7:24 am

    All fun ideas Mary! I’m looking forward to Cinco de Mayo being on a Sunday this year, I’m still planning dinner:@)

  8. Gloria R. Hoffmann
    May 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Absolutely stunning pictures! Happy May Day, Mary!!! 🌸💐🌹

  9. Char
    May 1, 2019 at 7:51 am

    This was a beautiful way to start the month of May. Thank you for this colorful feast for the eyes and tummy.

  10. Bonnie Morgan
    May 1, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Everything is so appetizing! Refreshing comes to mind also. You could be a party planner and caterer for sure. Love all the celebration food and decorations.
    The frozen pops sound like a great idea for an adult beach celebration. Something cold melts quickly.
    I’m in Texas and you can’t help but get caught up in Cinco De Mayo atmosphere. Your food and tables are so attractive!
    I’ve not seen any cookbooks as beautifully styled as your posts.

  11. Carolyn Bartlett
    May 1, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Where did you find the plaid and floral plates? They are wonderful!

  12. Yvonne
    May 1, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Another stunning post, Mary! Thank you!

    • Virginia
      May 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      WOW!!! Mary you certainly have us covered for the entire month, so many great party ideas, thank you. Another reason May is a great month is tomorrow is my younger sister’s birthday.

  13. May 1, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Those Mini Kentucky Derby Pies with Bourbon Whipped Cream are calling my name Mary! I am hoping to have a gathering on the patio Saturday to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports!” I also love the Berry Layer Cake, that is so beautiful! Even though I was exhausted yesterday from 2 busy weekends, you’ve inspired me…on to the next celebrations!

  14. linda
    May 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

    great pics and ideas!! who is the maker of the plaid and flower plates?

  15. May 1, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Rabbit, Rabbit, and welcome beautiful blooming May! I’m graving a slice of that strawberry almond French toast. You offer up inspiration and a stunning presentation of celebration for each one of these May holidays. I want to feast at the lakeside with you and Lola. Happy Month of May, Mary!

  16. Linda
    May 1, 2019 at 9:51 am

    You are amazing and all your recipes are so appealing and your beautiful displays are over the top, so enjoy everyone of your postd

  17. May 1, 2019 at 9:51 am

    What a magnificent array of May Delights! Mary… I could sit and stare at my iPad all day and look at all this beauty you have put in front of us today on this May 1! Thank you for ALL that you do! It’s truly loved by us!

    May your horse win, enjoy a margarita, Happy Mother’s Day and May the red, white and blue continue to wave!

  18. Madonnna
    May 1, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful~~~~~~so very sweet.

  19. Clara
    May 1, 2019 at 10:38 am

    A wonderful post Mary! So many great ideas! Happy May! Clara 🍰💕🌸🌞

  20. Vicki
    May 1, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Mary you have outdone yourself !! Just beautiful !!

  21. May 1, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Mary, your celebrations are perfection, from the recipes to the beautifully presented food and then to your stunning tablescapes! You inspire me❤️

  22. Shirley Graham
    May 1, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Love everything! Where have you found those quilts? Everything is beautiful & you should be so proud of yourself!!!

  23. Linda L Hovgaard
    May 1, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Wow, you covered the whole month so beautifully! Thank you Mary!

  24. Darlene
    May 1, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! So many pretty colors and setting can’t pick a favorite..so gotta love them all!
    Thank you, Mary.

  25. May 1, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    You always wow us with your beautifully creative holiday and special occasion and events by providing us with the most spectacular tablescapes, floral creations and let us not forget incredible drink sensations! Thank you so much for your never ending inspiration Mary!!

  26. May 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I am swooning over the beauty of your May 1st post, Mary. I would like to walk around your potting shed, sit at each table, sample each bite of every food, and have a sip of each drink that you shared. Happy May Day! xxoo

  27. Alice Genzlinger
    May 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Goodness girl! You don’t sleep. Your talent is amazing and if I was 30 years younger I would have the energy and the will to try all of these. But will have to chose one, now whitch one?

  28. Kristie
    May 1, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Mary thak you so much for your inspiration!!

  29. May 2, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Mary, you certainly do know how to make May a very festive month!!! Everything is so beautiful, it just pops off the page! Happy May to you!!💕

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