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!