Grown Up May Day

April 24, 2014

When the two of us were little our mom taught us that the first day of May was “May Day” and that it could be celebrated by hanging flowers on your neighbors doors. Being the crafty chiclets we were, we made cones out of construction paper (decorated with markers, obviously), stapled handles to the sides and filled the cone with flowers we picked from outside. We proudly delivered the baskets up and down our street and happily ding-dong-ditched so our May Day surprises would be discovered. Mom’s are really good at keeping their children occupied! We haven’t thought of May Day…

When the two of us were little our mom taught us that the first day of May was “May Day” and that it could be celebrated by hanging flowers on your neighbors doors. Being the crafty chiclets we were, we made cones out of construction paper (decorated with markers, obviously), stapled handles to the sides and filled the cone with flowers we picked from outside. We proudly delivered the baskets up and down our street and happily ding-dong-ditched so our May Day surprises would be discovered. Mom’s are really good at keeping their children occupied! We haven’t thought of May Day flower baskets in years…but May 1st is a week away and this year we wanted to capitalize on the start of the month by delivering to our friends a grown-up version of our childhood gift complete with flowers and breakfast.

We nixed the construction paper and markers and decided to create a custom set of cards, stickers, and tags with Makr. The free app is a design studio program (think Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign but without the learning curve) specifically designed for iPads that allows anyone to create custom products for entertaining and events, small businesses, and everything in between. Invitations, stickers, tags, postcards, announcements, labels, cards, stationery – you can literally get as creative as you want or build off one of the many customizable templates. Designs can be ordered and shipped to your door or you can buy hi-res PDFs of your creations to print from home.

Any of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that we aren’t DIY bloggers…at all. Molly loves a contained meticulous craft now and then and Sally gets her art on while teaching but DIY blog posts are not easy to execute and we know our place in the world of blogging and leave the step-by-step tutorials up to professionals (like Grace and Honestly WTF). But we wanted to try and downloading the Makr app on our iPad and playing around with the colors, text, and themes made it easy to get an end result that looks polished and cohesive.

What’s in our May Day “Baskets”:

  • Flowers: we wanted a sunny baby bouquet of yellow and white and arranged roses, hydrangea, and snapdragon in a small jar. Each jar has a hanging tag for a personal branded touch. (jars found at Michael’s, flowers from Central Market, hanging tag from Makr)
  • Millet Muffins: our mom’s recipe, these muffins are SO good and we made ours gluten-free. Each basket has four muffins in a clear chinese takeout box with a sticker. (takeout boxes from Michael’s, sticker from Makr)
  • Kale Lemonade Juice: Dallas is juice crazed and this fresh concoction is our latest favorite. For a more gourmet look, we used jelly jars with stickers and a bit of string. (jelly jars from World Market, juice from Central Market, sticker from Makr)
  • Card: we used a Makr postcard template for our “Happy May Day” card. A little note and the recipe for the millet muffins is on the back.
  • To give the clear box that served as our basket (from The Container Store), we added two small stickers to the sides.

Voila! A thoughtful little something from APoT to our sweet friends. Let us know if you’re interested in seeing the full recipe for the Millet Muffins and we can post it (: To get YOU started on a project of your own, our friends at Makr are offering all A Piece of Toast readers a credit AND 20% off a print order! Just register with the referral code ATOASTFANS and enter same code at checkout.

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast // This project was made special and sponsored by Makr. We hope you’ll download the app and be inspired to create your own perfect projects!

  1. So cute!! Love it! Yes I also would love the recipe for the muffins and the juice.
    thanks girls…

  2. Stunning! Wow! Loved this idea. Another and up for the muffin recipe. Also, maybe a tip on where you found the muffin liners? So perfect!

  3. Really, really cute, ladies! Probably one of my favorite posts to date and I can’t wait to make May Day boxes with my littles 🙂

  4. Thou shall not withhold muffin recipes from hungry mamas.
    Absolutely gorgeous!
    XOXO

  5. What a thoughtful idea. Your baskets look beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a cool app. I can’t wait to check it out!

  6. What a sweet idea! I love the presentation and the thoughtful gifts. Spreading a little cheer to neighbors is so easily looked over and I am glad you are celebrating “May Day”!

  7. I LOVE MAY DAY! I grew up getting May Day baskets from my mom, mostly full of chocolates and other fun little treats, and I try to continue the tradition with my own friends today, most of whom never had the May Day experience! Loved seeing a post about this. :]

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