Create a new May Day Tradition

gingerbread on spring

Celebrate with a Spring-themed gingerbread house party, a sweet, fun wholesome activity for all ages. (Helpful hint: Gingerbread isn’t just for wintertime anymore.)

When you think about it, decorating gingerbread houses is an activity that fits right into the spirit of May Day, combining sweet treats, hands-on creativity, slightly-wacky whimsy and lots of fun that people of all ages can enjoy together. When you include gingerbread house decorating in any May Day celebration at your school, community center, youth group meeting, church potluck or social club meeting, you can be certain that a good time will be had by all.

Four good reasons to have a May Day Gingerbread House party:

  1. Decorating spring-themed gingerbread houses (and/or cottages, cabins, fairy castles, sailing ships, bird houses — the options are endless) is a lively hands-on activity that provides plenty of opportunity to exercise creativity in a relaxing, companionable atmosphere.
  2. Garnishing gingerbread constructions is good wholesome fun for people of all ages, from preschoolers to grandparents. Your charming constructions may be as complex or as simple as you like, so this is an activity that can accommodate almost everyone, including folks who have physical or mental challenges.
  3. Building/decorating gingerbread constructions (again, houses and cottages are only the tip of the creative iceberg) is an activity that can easily be held outdoors in a picnic atmosphere or indoors in a variety of situations, which means it’s easy to accommodate weather fluctuations and changes of plans.
  4. A gingerbread house party can be as large or as small as you like. You can host a small party in your kitchen or living room or set-up to serve a huge crowd in a gymnasium. You may choose to celebrate May Day with your immediate family, a few close friends, or you can make it part of a “Welcome Springtime” neighborhood celebration, a community-based event, or even a fun in-service, team-building project for employees.

Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your May Day Gingerbread Party or activity is a memorable success:

  • Set up work areas beforehand that provide enough room for everyone to work and spread out their supplies.
  • Make set-up and clean-up a breeze by using disposable tablecloths, paper or Styrofoam plates or platters for building gingerbread structures on, and plenty of paper towels or napkins for cleaning up. Make sure your guests can easily wash their hands before starting (children may need to be reminded) and to clean up afterwards. You may want to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well.
  • Be sure to have plenty of frosting and brightly-colored decorative candies and cookies available for decorating and for (inevitable) snacking. It is considerate to provide sugar-free alternatives (clearly marked) for people who are watching calories or avoiding sugar for health reasons.
  • Provide boxes or at least plastic wrap to cover your guests’ masterpieces so they can carry them safely home.
  • Make your May Day Gingerbread event easy by choosing from our wide assortment of pre-made gingerbread constructions and kits and the huge assortment of sweet decorations we offer. Please click here to check out our store.
  • Feel free to check out our “Design Ideas” pages for more great ideas for your own creations. Click here please