Hello May! (Overview of Decorating, Photos and More!)

Happy weekend, hello May and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Each week, I focus on a different theme or topic to inspire you. Since it’s the first weekend of May, we’re going to highlight all the things this lovely new month has to offer!

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Hello May – Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo:

Yes, May 5th is almost here!…

Between the margaritas and the guacamole, Cinco de Mayo is such a delicious holiday to celebrate.  Plus, May just happens to be National Salsa Month so be sure to check out my mango avocado salsa recipe.  It’s always a huge hit with my friends and family!

Mango Avocado Salsa in white bowl - Hello May

And if you’re planning a full meal for Cinco de Mayo, you have to try our favorite chicken burritos!

Some Salads for the Month of May:

Apparently, May is also National Salad Month…

After all, many of us are trying to eat healthy with wedding and bathing suit season approaching!  If you like arugula salad, here are 3 Arugula Salad Recipes I make all the time!

3 Arugula Salad Recipes - Hello May ideas

In honor of National Salad Month, I think I’ll challenge myself to eat at lease one salad every day for the entire month.  Who will join me?

Hello May – Make Your Mother’s Day Plans:

Speaking of food, did you make your restaurant reservations?…

Sometimes, I think it’s just easier to celebrate with a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner at home.  Here are some creative ways to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Tiered tray with pink flowers and pastries - hello may celebrations

Afternoon Tea in the Spring

Not only would these ideas be great for Mother’s Day but they’d work for a bridal shower as well!  After all, May is a popular month for weddings!

Don’t Forget – May is Kentucky Derby Month:

As always, the Kentucky Derby falls on the first Saturday in May!..

So, get your fancy hat together and go watch the “greatest two minutes in sports”!  For some fun Derby Day ideas, see how I celebrated with friends one year!

Kentucky Derby decorations - May celebrations

Enjoy the Blooming May Flowers:

As they say, “April showers bring May flowers”…

For me, they need to add spring allergies to that quote!  Wow, they’re bad this year!  Even though I’m blowing through tons of tissue boxes, I’ll take spring flowers over snow any day!  Speaking of flowers, don’t you think hydrangeas make the perfect table centerpiece?

Hydrangeas in galvanized milk jug container - Hello May ideas for the home

Celebrating Spring – A Simple Tablescape with Flowers

If you’re looking for ways to decorate a table this May, be sure to check out that spring tablescape.  With its spring garden vibes, it’s definitely one of my favorites!

Say Hello to May with a Road Trip:

Sure, gas may cost a fortune these days but since May 27th is National Road Trip Day, you gotta go somewhere!…

Here are some great road trip ideas!  In our family, we usually head down to the beach for Memorial Day weekend…or “down the shore” as we say in New Jersey!

beach fence and sandy beach

Greet the Month of May with Patriotic Decor:

With Memorial Day on the horizon, we’re starting to think about patriotic decor…

On May 10th, I’ll be joining a group of bloggers to share some patriotic crafts.  So, be sure to come back for all the inspiration!  We’ll get you ready for Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July! In the meantime, here are some ideas to set an outdoor table for a barbecue!

*Update -For those patriotic crafts and home decor, here are ideas from our group of bloggers!

Patriotic outdoor table setting with red, white and blue

May Shopping Recommendations:

Whether you’re shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, a bridal shower or even yourself, here are some great shopping finds to help you welcome the month of May!

Check out the cutest blue and white striped mugs I just purchased!

Blue and white striped mug - hello may shopping finds

Do I need new mugs?  Of course not, but I just had to have them.  Originally, I was going to wait and hint around for Mother’s Day…but I got impatient.  

Since they’re part of a collection, I’ll probably put some of the other dishes on my wish list!

blue and white dish collection - Hello May ideas

Not only are they adorable, but they’re reasonably priced!  The blue and white is perfect for spring and all the upcoming May holidays and get togethers.  Plus, they come in a variety of combinations so you can mix and match or go with one style.  Right now, I’m still deciding if I want all striped or if I want to mix in some floral.  Decisions, decisions…

If you’re having trouble deciding on a new perfume, I highly recommend Jo Malone fragrances!

Jo Malone cologne bottles on seagrass tray - hello may Mother's Day gifts

Nectarine Blossom and HoneyWild Bluebell

Wild Bluebell is my favorite but Nectarine Blossom and Honey is a close second!  Another great gift idea for Mother’s Day!

And if you need one more great idea for Mother’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful blue and white robe!

Not only is this robe pretty, but it comes in a variety of colors and has great reviews too!  

Now, for even more May ideas, here are some finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to say – “goodbye April, hello May” with these spring ideas!

How will you welcome May to your home?


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  1. Great post Shelley – so many fun things to do in May! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and inspiration, as always! Hope you have a lovely week!

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