Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May Day Tablescape

This week we are celebrating May Day with our May Day baskets and pole! 

According to Wikipedia, "Dancers gather in a circle, each holding a coloured ribbon attached to a much smaller pole. As the dance commences the ribbons are intertwined and plaited either on to the pole itself or into a web around the pole. The dancers may then retrace their steps exactly in order to unravel the ribbons. This style of maypole dancing originates in the 18th century, and is derived from traditional and 'art' dance forms popular in Italy and France. These were exported to the London stage and reached a large audience, becoming part of the popular performance repertoire. Adopted at a large teacher training institution, the ribbon maypole dance then spread across much of England, and is now regarded as the most 'traditional' of May Day's traditional characteristics."

Mom's Lenox china is the perfect spring pattern of flowers and butterflies - aptly named " Butterfly Meadow."  And the pretty Athol pieces are a nice addition to the Lenox.

Mom made these sweet May Day baskets out of a paper doilie and some ribbon.  She added some wildflowers from the garden and put them at each place setting.

This May Day pole makes the perfect centerpiece - with lots of drama and pretty flowers!

Happy May Day!


  1. Oh Rita May, this is gorgeous! I love mother's Lenox china, it is stunning! Great centerpiece, everything worked out so beautifully with all the pastel colors of your table! Your mugs, with the butterflies are so pretty, your napkins and glassware are beautiful too.

  2. Oh how beautiful. Love the May pole centerpiece. Very cleaver. Everything is gorgeous. The napkins are lovely as is the chine. Very well done. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  3. OMG!What a beautiful table! The May pole centrepiece is sooo..stunning!

    Lovely space you got..
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


  4. Jenny, I love your Maypole table, beautiful flowers. Your cream soup bowls are gorgeous.

  5. This is quite lovely. I love the May pole centerpiece and the sweet little bouquets. Beautiful.

  6. This is one of the most beautiful tablescapes I have ever, ever seen! Featured you today!

  7. You inspire me to believe spring is truly coming!! So pretty and so creative.... love love love the dragonfly on the dishes. ;-) This is one of my faves!!! Great job! : )

  8. I hopped over from 3generations as she featured both of us! I adore your May pole. We always made May Day baskets when we were growing up and left them on the neighbor's doors. Yours are gorgeous. Such a fabulous table. I am sure it too a lot of work.


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