May Day Baskets

Celebrate May Day
with a May Day Basket!

 

Monday, May 1st is May Day, and officially it’s time to celebrate the beauty of springtime!

Have you ever had a Secret Santa or been “Boo-ed” at Halloween? Well, leaving a pretty basket of flowers at the doorsteps of your favorite people is springtime’s version of this fun holiday tradition.

The May Day celebration dates back to ancient Roman times, and is traditionally celebrated with festivals, beribboned Maypoles, and lots of flowers! The gathering of flowers was otherwise known as “bringing in the May” and giving friends and loved ones flower baskets soon became part of May Day festivities.

Today May Day baskets are often filled with flowers and candy and either placed on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors or tied to door handles before the giver quickly rings the door handle and dashes away. Who wouldn’t love to open the door to find a special gift of springtime left by a secret admirer?

A May Day basket can be as simple as setting some flowers from your yard in a jar, or you can get a little more creative and make things extra special. We found some fun ideas at Skip to My Lou and Design Sponge for making the pretty May Day baskets. For directions on how to make them, just click on the links below.

Happy spring!

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Directions for May Day baskets:

 

1. Recycled Can Bouquet

2.  Glass Jar Bouquet

3.  Paper Cone Bouquet

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Easter Table Decorations

Easter table decorations

Looking for some fun new ways to decorate your Easter table this year? We searched all around and gathered some of the cutest ideas for Easter table decorations out there to share with you. Have a joyous holiday!

Easter flower centerpiece

You can adapt this easy and colorful jellybean centerpiece by using whatever flowers or vases that you have on hand. Tulips, peonies, daffodils, or lilies can all be great choices. (Anchor flowers into a piece of damp green florist foam before surrounding them with candy.)

Easter bunny table centerpieceCourtesy of Good Housekeeping

Add long ears and smiling faces to plain white bags for an instantly adorable bunny centerpiece. The best thing about these bunnies is that after brunch they can serve double duty by holding all the treasures your kiddos collect on their Easter egg hunts!

butterfly wine markers make a great Easter table decorationCourtesy of Southern Living

These sweet silk butterflies can be purchased pre-made at your local craft store. Add one to each glass at your Easter table for a pretty burst of color.

How to Make a Folded Easter Bunny Napkin

 folded bunny napkinhow to fold a bunny napkin

This whimsical folded bunny napkin can make each place setting at your table look special. Here are the steps to make it, or click here to go to youtube.com for an easy tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.




Spring Break Staycation Ideas

spring break staycation ideas

No plans to head out of town for spring vacation?  No worries! We have some fun staycation ideas to keep your kids busy.

 

Parties…They’re not just for birthdays.

  • Luau-Turn up the heat and invite your friends over for some fun in the tropics. Find all your luau party ideas and activities here
  • Camping-Don’t want to camp out in the cold and wet weather? Set up your own campsite indoors.  Make s’mores in the microwave and grab some flashlights to make shadow puppets.  Everything you’ll need is right here
  • Science – Put a little education into your vacation by having a group of friends over to conduct some science experiments. Here are all your ideas.

Get Crafty…Make Gifts

  • Take advantage of the down time you have at home this week.
  • Why not work on that end of the school year teacher gift?
  •  Mothers’ Day will sneak up on you too.  Head to your local craft store for supplies.  You will be so happy to have this task crossed off your list.

Hands On Gardening

  • Take your kids to the garden store and buy some vegetable and flower seeds to sow in starter kits in the house.
  • Paint flower pots

Little Chefs in the Kitchen

  • Look through your cookbooks with your kiddos and enroll them in helping to make some meals you could freeze for those busy week nights.
  • Follow the format of those reality cooking shows and do your own Cupcake Wars, Cake Boss, or Iron Chef night.




 

Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Kids

Love the magic of St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun and easy recipes for Magical Shamrock Potion and Rainbow Toast.

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From the time our girls were very tiny, our family has always enjoyed creating a wee bit o’ magic on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether we have made leprechaun catchers, hunted for gold coins, or turned our milk and eggs green, we always try to do a little something special to celebrate our Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are two great recipes that the kids originally brought home from their pre-school classes. They are tried and true St. Paddy’s Day favorites for kids of any age!

Magical Shamrock Potion

You will need:

  • Frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Lime sherbet
  • Lime flavored seltzer water
  • Lucky Charms cereal (for those adorable little magic marshmallows)
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Glass or clear plastic cups

Directions:

  1. Add a heaping teaspoon of lemonade concentrate to your cup.
  2. Add a full scoop of lime sherbet.
  3. Add the lime seltzer water and stir.
  4. Top with the marshmallows and sprinkles.
  5. Drink up for some St. Paddy’s Day luck!

Rainbow Toast

You will need:

  • 5-6 plastic cups
  • 5-6 different colors of food dye
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • A sanitized paintbrush

Directions:

  1. Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup of milk.
  2. Add enough food coloring (one color per cup) to each cup to get your desired level of each color.
  3. Place bread on a plate and use a clean paintbrush to create a colorful pattern of milk dye on your bread (try not to oversaturate the bread).
  4. Toast bread in a toaster or on a cookie sheet in the oven.
  5. You might add some cinnamon or sugar sprinkles to your bread once it is toasted for an extra sweet treat!

Have an amazing St. Patrick’s Day!

 For more fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas, be sure to take a look at our sister site, Creative-Party-Themes.com