The ritual of hanging May baskets on a neighbor’s door in springtime has a long history, maybe as far back as ancient Rome. But sadly, this quaint tradition has faded. We think those little baskets filled with beautiful flowers and small treats make a perfect gesture of warmth and joy. Marsha Hunt and Bridget Connell, owners of Haute House Studio in Edina, are keeping this tradition of spreading love alive. “There’s a real value to the thoughtfulness and sharing of love that flowers bring, especially when we don’t have the physical connection, we might have had in years past,” Connell says.
An old tradition with new purpose, May baskets are a perfect gift in these unusually isolating times or as a thank you for an educator or frontline worker.
Putting together a May basket as a family is a great way to teach children the importance of acts of kindness. Whether you create your own or order one custom-made, make May a time to spread cheer.
Hunt says, “This year, as things seem to be heading in the right direction, this spring is going to feel more important as it reflects a new cycle of life with new beginnings.” You can reflect on your own new beginnings and perhaps help restore this tradition of sharing a little springtime love and light with a May basket.
Haute House Studio features exclusive May baskets to share with friends, neighbors or teachers. Available for pick up or delivery.