Holidays, May Celebrations

My calendar says April 23…

Is that right???

How can it be April 23!!!

May is always a busy month, with the end of school, the approach of summer, parties, dance recitals and graduations…

I am planning now so I can be ready for all the festivities, and have been looking over these holidays in the archives

May 1, May Day

Celebrate with this EZ Daisy Dip



and Gather Round the Maypole



May 5, Cinco de Mayo

Be sure to serve something with a little South of the Border style  🌮  🌵

Sombrero Cookies are festive and easy to make



Or just get some salsa and throw your chips in a sombrero  💃


This is the first Cinco de Mayo tablescape I did for the Painted Apron, and it’s still one of my favorites



The “gauchos” from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, can still be found strolling around my patio


or near my Jardin Mexicano



May 6, Derby Day

Do you watch the Run for the Roses

Running Roses Rug

Or are you lucky enough to go to the Kentucky Derby?

We love to watch the excitement on TV, you can see the names of the horses running this year  here

I like to pick the winner by the name that catches my eye, this year my choice is  Always Dreaming,  I was tempted by Hollywood Handsome, but he’s rated last…



Put on a big floppy hat and serve up some Southern style treats


Derby Day Biscuits

Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam Crostini with Pimiento Cheese & Praline Pecans



Pecan Pie Danish are great for brunch or dessert


And dinner doesn’t get any more festive Southern than

Peachy Bourbon BBQ Chicken with Baked Cheese Grits



May 11, Big E’s birthday



It seems like only yesterday he was turning 2, his brother was turning 6, and we celebrated with gluten free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries


This year they will be 5 and 9!  One plays soccer and one plays baseball, so I’m thinking cupcakes with “grass” icing, half with soccer balls and half with base balls…

or maybe all Fisherboy Cupcakes


Their birthdays are only 4 days apart so we usually just have 1 celebration

It’s often last minute, and nothing fancy, but even a few balloons and a party hat can make things instantly a party

1 2 3 Party!


May 14, Mother’s Day and Super Boy’s birthday

This was the first Mother’s Day tablescape I did for the Painted Apron, and it too, is one of my favorites

Tulips and Tricycles



Another favorite Mother’s Day table featured a photograph runner



May 15, CC dance Recital



Last year she was great in the yard but totally froze on stage  😂

It was adorable!  I gave her this tote for her birthday last month for her dancing shoes and to remind her to dance!



May 26, Snapper Season opens in Alabama



My guys are all about fishing!


Go Fish bath mat


May 29, Memorial Day

Grand Old Flag Tables


Still plenty of time to paint Flag Bottles


and Flag Glasses


So many special occasions!

With the extra celebrating of 2 birthdays and a dance recital, not to mention some back and forthing,  I started rounding up ideas over the past few days…



I would be lost without Pinterest,  it is such a fantastic way to collect and organize ideas quickly and have them all at your finger tips


All ideas, recipes and favorite things from the archives for these events are being stashed on my May Celebrations Pinterest board here

May is just around the corner so get ready and


Spice it Up!


Peppered Chili Peppers cushy, absorbent, washable mat for bath or kitchen



Spice it Up throw pillow



Have a great week and start thinking about all you want to celebrate in May!

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the PorchCelebrate and Decorate,

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Lori’s Culinary Creations,   Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

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17 Responses to “Holidays, May Celebrations”
  1. Jenna, May is a very busy month and your calendar is definitely full! I enjoyed your round-up of food and fun parties and life celebrations. I know you are organized and prepared! It feels as if we just had Christmas, and we are nearing May!

    • Thank you Pam, I was feeling overwhelmed until I spent a few hours planning, and now I feel like it will be smooth sailing! You are so right, it does seem like Christmas was yesterday! Have a great week~ >

  2. What a great roundup, Jenna! You have a ridiculously busy month ahead with celebrations!

  3. Mary says:

    Such a festive round-up Jenna! I’m feeling overwhelmed just looking at all the activity 🙂 Love your little fisherman and your ballerina. ♥

  4. Wow, what a marvelous round up of ideas! Thanks, Jenna.

  5. It’s so easy to forget just how busy the month of May can be!!!!!! It sneaks right up on us, doesn’t it? Have fun with all of your celebrations! Happy Birthday to the not-quite-babies-anymore!!!

  6. Jodi says:

    Yay for may! So much fun ahead!!!

  7. Right now I think I’d kill for anything like that! It all looks terrific!

  8. Wow- lots of good ideas here!…Love your blue fish!

  9. Yep, I too have begun thinking about red, white and blue, it will be here before we know it:@)

  10. Wow, I’m still behind in April! I’m hungry now looking at all the yummy food.
    Your grands are adorable.
    Time is passing very quickly.

  11. Marsha says:

    Wow…what a busy time in May. You have so many wonderful talents all rolled up into one. Your food items look delicious and your tablescapes make everything look so inviting and festive. I love the bit of whimsy in your design. I am in love with your bicycle centerpiece. It is so impressive and unique. Thank you for visiting The Little Yellow Corner Store too. Have a wonderful May month ahead.

  12. Kim says:

    Enjoyed the review. Can hardly believe it’s almost May already!

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