Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day (Part 1)

I'm not sure how much I'll be able to chronicle of our first ever May Day party. I'll try to write down as much as I can, but I'm still of the mindset that I should be out there living my life, not just writing about what I would like to do.

Yesterday I spent time with my girls making things for May Day. I have been planning since before Easter. I hinted at it in my last post. This is my attempt at enjoying springtime activities without letting these activities take the place of a true Easter celebration of Jesus.

I used a certificate to buy $50 worth of flowers from Field of Flowers. I bought mini carnations, mini rose sprays, dark purple stock, yellow mums, babies breath, white aster, and pink Gerbera daisies.

Yesterday I showed my girls how to make nosegays out of the many different flowers. They weren't all traditional nosegays, just smaller bunches of flowers. When we were finished, we had them all sitting in this white milk glass bowl I got from my best friend. I love the way they look, all jumbled up and overflowing.

Then, we made paper cones. I found another blog where someone had posted directions on how to make them. I bought a book of scrap booking paper from TJ Maxx for just over $5, and we used the brightly colored sheets to make the cones. I had ribbon leftover from Valentines Day (and many other projects) to use as the hangers for the cones. I also bought a bag of mini chocolate eggs and kisses from Costco, so we can put a few candies in each cone also.

I used the Gerbera Daisies and several other flowers we had leftover to make the centerpiece for our party table tomorrow.

Deborah has been battling a cough, and while she is otherwise healthy and energetic, she couldn't go to church. I ended up staying home with her, and we used the time to dye eggs. She's such an artist, and she's so careful compared to the other kids. I knew she would enjoy it without making a huge mess.

Today I printed out some cards, which we will attach to the cones. I wanted to keep it pretty simple. They simply say:

"Happy May Day
Your neighbors,
The Hagans Family"

Later tonight, after the kids are asleep, I will put "May Baskets" by their beds. I kept them very simple. I didn't want this to turn into a springtime "Christmas." I included just a few candies, a small toy, and a chocolate bunny.

I'll try to write more tomorrow about the party, and what we did.

1 comment:

  1. 1st of all: your best friend has good taste, that bowl is so beautiful!!
    2nd: I think I need new shoes for the party.
    3rd: my kids are so, SO excited about tomorrow.