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Neighborhood May Day Baskets
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Can you remember the last time you mischievously rang and ran? Well, here’s your challenge: Get your craft on, ding-dong-ditch your neighbors the nice way and spread some kindness this May 1st with a May Day Basket! We came across a long past tradition of May Day and thought it would be worthwhile to reignite... Keep Scrolling
Written by Molly Snelson


Can you remember the last time you mischievously rang and ran? Well, here’s your challenge: Get your craft on, ding-dong-ditch your neighbors the nice way and spread some kindness this May 1st with a May Day Basket! We came across a long past tradition of May Day and thought it would be worthwhile to reignite it by spreading this idea around the internet.

Children dancing around a May Pole holding colorful ribbons.
Courtesy of Backwoods Mama

A May Day Basket can be as simple as a paper cone filled with garden clippings and flowers. Tie your cone up with a pretty ribbon, hang it on your neighbors doorknob, ring the bell and dart. Viola! You’ve spread kindness in a tangible way and brought a smile to someone’s face. In a world filled with tech communication, where the “pop-over” has fallen away, what a fun way to meet new neighbors or remind friends that they’re loved and seen.

Eleanor Roosevelt and some young girls that delivered a May Day Basket to the White Houe.
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Josee, from Backwoods Mama, shared that May Day has roots in ancient history. The festivals and celebrations of the changing seasons and the coming of spring and all it’s blooms has evolved into this neighborhood May Day tradition. It can be a fun way to invite your children to welcome spring and connect with the nature in their own garden.

In a world filled with tech communication, where the “pop-over” has fallen away, what a fun way to meet new neighbors or remind friends that they’re loved and seen.

Fresh flowers in a tin can, hanging from an antique crystal doorknob.
Courtesy of Hometalk

What a good lesson this child learned about doing nice things for people, not to be seen or noticed, but just because it is a good thing to do.

– Patti of Old Things New

Lovely May Day Basket displayed on a front stoop in Annapolis.
Photo by: Joshua McKerrow

The city of Annapolis, Maryland has held an Annual May Day Basket Competition for the last 63 years. What a fun tradition! The local Garden Club judges and the winners receive blue-ribbons.

Children wearing flower crowns near the May Pole.
Courtesy of Backwoods Mama

You’re never too young (or old) to sneak around and sprinkle kindness! Gather some pretty paper, tin cans, string and flowers and craft some May Day Baskets for your neighbors. Let your creativity loose, there is NO wrong way. You could fill your baskets with flowers, popcorn, small trinkets, paper flowers, candies or even baked goods. We hope you feel inspired and equipped to head out and take part in this heart-warming spring ritual. Happy May Day! 

Want more simply beautiful ideas for your neighborhood? Check out this post on a Neighbor’s Table.

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