107 May Day Ideas to Celebrate Spring in Style

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May 1st is May Day, a celebration of the return of spring. After the long, dreary winter months, it’s a chance to get outside and enjoy the warmth and flowering blooms.

This gigantic list of 107 ideas contains fun activities for kids, crafting ideas, spring-themed treats, & ways to freshen up your home and yard.

For the Kids:

1. Make classic May baskets from construction paper to hang on neighbors’ doors

2. Go on a wildflower nature walk and make flower crowns

3. Plant a garden of easy-to-grow fruits and veggies like tomatoes and zucchini  

4. Have a May Day parade with decorated bikes, wagons and strollers

5. Do May Day themed crafts like sun prints, tissue paper flowers or kite making

6. Set up an epic backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes and more

7. Host a “_Bling Your Bike_” decorating party for the neighborhood kids

8. Make DIY May Day jewelry like floral crowns or petal necklaces 

9. Learn fun jump rope rhymes and host a competition

10. Set up a backyard kiddie pool and have water balloon fights

Sweet Treats:

11. Bake a light lemon bundt cake drizzled with tart lemon glaze

12. Make edible flower cupcakes topped with candied violets or pansies

13. Prepare a fresh berry trifle layered with lemon curd

14. Dip fresh strawberries in white and dark chocolate

15. Mix up a pitcher of refreshing strawberry lemonade

16. Bake a classic pineapple upside-down cake 

17. Make pretty flower-shaped sugar cookies with royal icing

18. Whip up an indulgent coconut cream pie with toasted coconut

19. Try your hand at homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie or tarts

20. Prepare a bright, creamy key lime pie for a tropical twist

Crafting Fun:

21. Craft colorful egg carton flowers to brighten any room

22. Make rustic farmhouse signs with uplifting spring sayings  

23. Upcycle glass jars into charming votives with tissue paper

24. Get a kitchen herb garden started in cute painted pots

25. Craft a vibrant yarn wreath for your front door 

26. Try your hand at punch needle embroidery wall art

27. Make a woven paper basket for collecting fresh eggs

28. Craft a festive DIY paper streamer backdrop 

29. Upcycle bottles into pretty tinted vases with food coloring

30. Sew a cheery fabric garden banner to hang outdoors

Decorating Ideas:  

31. Cut fresh flowers from your garden to display in vases 

32. Hang a pretty DIY flower garland along your stair railings

33. Fill glass cylinders with blossoms and scatter them down your table

34. Display potted flowers, like tulips or daffodils, around your home

35. Make a spring cleaning kit with lemon-scented room spray

36. Craft paper cones to hold individual bouquets at each place setting

37. Use old books or boxes to make a rustic ombre centerpiece

38. Make fragrant spring-themed potpourri for pretty bowls

39. Hang a DIY wooden ladder to display potted blooms

40. Use vintage milk bottles to display single flower stems

Festive Fun:

41. Host a Mad Hatter-themed tea party with whimsical decor  

42. Plan an outdoor picnic or farm dinner with long, rustic tables

43. Gather friends for an evening bonfire with s’mores and acoustic music

44. Play classic outdoor games like croquet, cornhole or jumbo Jenga

45. Go for a scenic hike and have a wildflower meadow picnic

46. Host a springtime barn dance with live bluegrass music

47. Plan a fancy Mother’s Day high tea with bite-sized sandwiches  

48. Set up an outdoor movie night under the stars 

49. Have a backyard carnival with game booths and fried food trucks

50. Go for a walk and play the “wildflower I Spy” game

Get Outdoors:

51. Book a weekend camping trip at a nearby state park

52. Go fly a kite at a nearby park or beach

53. Plan a wildflower photography adventure to scenic spots  

54. Get your vegetable garden planted and ready for summer

55. Take your bikes out for a spin on the first warm day

56. Go fishing and have a fresh fish fry at day’s end  

57. Try your hand at foraging for edible plants and mushrooms

58. Set up an outdoor painting studio with canvases and easels

59. Book a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the countryside

60. Go birdwatching and see how many species you can identify

Home Projects:

61. Install a new wooden fence for your backyard  

62. Build and hang some DIY birdhouses for feathered friends

63. Plant fragrant herbs like lavender, rosemary and thyme

64. Start your compost pile to enrich your garden

65. Hang pretty porch flower baskets on your railings

66. Construct a raised garden bed for your veggies

67. Build an outdoor fire pit or pizza oven

68. Freshen up your curb appeal with new planters and flowers

69. Power wash your siding, deck and outdoor surfaces

70. Install a new exterior light fixture above your front door

Family Activities: 

71. Have a backyard campout and sleep under the stars

72. Organize a neighborhood sidewalk chalk art festival  

73. Start a nature-themed scavenger hunt around your yard

74. Host an outdoor movie night under the stars 

75. Make DIY bird feeders to attract feathered visitors

76. Have a family field day with three-legged races and water balloons

77. Learn the art of flower pressing and make bookmarks 

78. Go on a bug safari and see how many critters you can identify

79. Play classic backyard games like Red Rover and Ghost in the Graveyard

80. Have a family talent show and award silly prizes


81. Book a massage or facial treatment at a local spa

82. Do an invigorating lemon and rosemary detox bath

83. Try your hand at homemade lemon sugar scrubs and body butters

84. Make your own soy or beeswax candles with floral scents 

85. Plan a fun girls’ night out with your closest friends

86. Do an at-home mani-pedi with bright spring shades

87. Get a fresh floral mist spritz and new fragrance

88. Enjoy a DIY yogurt and honey hair mask

89. Book appointments for fresh haircuts and color  

90. Plan a shopping day to update your spring/summer wardrobe

Food & Drink:

91. Shop your local farmers’ market for spring produce

92. Mix up a beautiful strawberry basil margarita pitcher to share

93. Grill fresh veggies from your garden in fun foil packets

94. Make a pretty rainbow layered salad for a light lunch  

95. Host a fresh juice and smoothie bar with fixings like kale and ginger

96. Prepare artichoke dip with pita chips or crudités to snack on

97. Bake a fresh loaf of crusty bread to enjoy with flavored olive oil

98. Host a backyard tapas party with skewers, bruschetta and more bites

99. Prepare a pretty fruit salsa with cinnamon chips for dipping

100. Set up a DIY waffle or crepe station with fresh toppings  


101. Plan and install a butterfly garden with colorful perennials

102. Build a charming circular herb garden with a path to the center

103. Plant a cutting garden with flowers for bouquets all summer 

104. Get your rose bushes pruned and fertilized for big blooms

105. Install a drip irrigation system to make watering easier

106. Build raised planter boxes for your patio or deck

107. Construct a trellis or pergola for vining plants to climb

No matter how you choose to celebrate, May Day is all about embracing the beauty of spring’s renewal.

Get outside, get crafty, and enjoy this verdant, bountiful season.

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