May Holidays + Entertaining Ideas

I hope these ideas are fun and get your creative juices going concerning things you can do with your family and others.



Date Your Mate Month
National BBQ Month
National Bike Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Hamburger Month
National Photograph Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
National Older Americans Month
Asian Pacific American Month
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Flower Month
National Egg Month
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
Better Hearing & Speech Month
Strawberry Month
National Load Potato Month
National Chocolate Custard Month
National Salsa Month
National Strawberry Month
Inventor’s Month

WEEK 1 – Nurse’s Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Postcard Week
WEEK 2 – Wildflower Week
WEEK 3 – National Bike Week, National Police Week
WEEK 4 – Emergency Medical Services Week, National Backyard Games Week



May Day
Loyalty Day
Mother Goose Day
Hawaiian Lei Day
National Chocolate Parfait Day
School Principal’s Day
USA National Day of Prayer

Space Day
Baby Day
Brothers and Sisters Day
National Chocolate Mousse Day

National Raspberry Tart or Popover Day
National Chocolate Custard Day
Kentucky Derby
Wear Different Colored Shoes Day

Bird Day
Star Wars Day
World Laughter Day
International Firefighter’s Day
National Hoagie Day

Cinco de Mayo
National Enchilada Day
Oyster Day
Children’s Day

National Nurse’s Day
No Diet Day
National Crepe Suzette Day
National Teacher Day
Eiffel Tower opened to the public in 1889

Astronomy Day
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
School Nurse’s Day
Pulitzer prize Established in 1917

V-E Day
World Red Cross Day
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
No Socks Day
Iris Day

National Shrimp Day
Peter Pan Day
Military Spouse’s Day

MAY 10
Clean Up Your Room Day
National Train Day
National Liver & Onions Day

MAY 11
Eat What You Want Day
Mother’s Day
Twilight Zone Day

MAY 12
International Nurse’s Day
Kite Day
National Nutty Fudge Day
Limerick Day

MAY 13
Tulip Day
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
Frog Jumping Day

MAY 14
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
National Receptionist Day

MAY 15
Police Officer’s Memorial Day
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Straw Hat Day

MAY 16
National Barbecue Day
National Bike to Work Day
Pizza Party Day

MAY 17
National Cherry Cobbler Day
Armed Forces Day
Learn to Swim Day

MAY 18
International Museum Day
Visit Your Relatives Day
National Cheese Souffle Day
Neighbor Day

MAY 19
Circus Day
National Devil’s Food Cake Day

MAY 20
Pick Strawberries Day
Be a Millionaire Day
National Quiche Lorraine Day

MAY 21
National Waiters and Waitresses Day
National Strawberries and Cream Day
American Red Cross founded in 1881

MAY 22
Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Vanilla Pudding Day

MAY 23
National Taffy Day

MAY 24
National Escargot Day
Brother’s Day
Tiara Day
Miniature Golf Day
Mary Had a Little Lamb published in 1830
International Jazz Day

MAY 25
National Missing Children’s Day
Indianapolis 500 Day
National Brown-Bag-It Day
International Jazz Day

MAY 26
Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
Memorial Day (USA celebrates it today)

MAY 27
National Grape Popsicle Day
Golden Gate Bridge Opens in 1937

MAY 28
National Brisket Day
Senior Health & Fitness Day
Hamburger Day

MAY 29
National Biscuit Day

MAY 30
Memorial Day (official date)
Ice Cream Freezer patented in 1848

MAY 31
National Macaroon Day
World No Tobacco Day
Save Your Hearing Day

May Entertaining Ideas




Send out Asian invitations. Ask guests to dress in Asian attire.


Decorate with  paper parasols, paper lanterns, fans, chopsticks, takeout boxes, dragons, scrolls with Asian writing, flags, bamboo plants, anything with cherry blossoms on it, Coolie hats, Mandarin satin hats…. Play Asian music.


Sushi, Sashimi, Miso Soup, Chicken Corn Soup, Egg Drop Soup, Egg Rolls, Chop Suey, Stir Fry, Rice, Korean Noodle Dish, Fried Rice, Korean Barbeque Beef, Butter Chicken Curry…Any Asian food will do.


Custom-made fortune cookies


  • Divide guests into teams. Each team has a pair of chopsticks and a bowl of rice. Have team members take turns picking up rice with their chopsticks and putting it in a different bowl across the table or even the room. The team with the most rice in their bowl wins.
  • Have a Origami (paper folding) contest. Set out objects that have been folded from paper and see who can copy it without directions. Make your designs as easy or as difficult as you like.
  • Put out Chinese Checkers games.




  • Send out colorful invitations. Ask guests to dress in bright colors or in traditional Mexican attire. Play Mexican music.
  • Decorate with piñatas, sombreros, maracas, guitars, tissue paper flowers, the colors of the Mexican flag- red, white and green, chili pepper lights, colorful streamers and balloons.


Serve a variety of Mexican dishes – guacamole and chips, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, burritos, Mexican rice, refried beans, chili peppers, enchiladas, chilaquiles, tamales, salsa, pico de gallo, tres leche cake…


  • Fill the piñatas with candy. During the party hang it in a safe place for everyone to hit it with a stick until all of the candy falls out.
  • Play pin the tail on the donkey.


Mini cactus plants, clay pots with Red Hot candy in them, toy maracas, jar of salsa, tortilla chips



Send out invitations with horses on them.

Ask people to dress like jockeys or all dressed up like they were going to a horse race from the late 1800s. (Men can wear suits and fedoras. Women can be dressed up with a big hat.)

Decorate with pictures of horses, roses, silver cup trophies, large elaborate hats, fedoras, red carpet, winner’s flags, color flags to line entrance or anywhere you like

Play bluegrass music.


Serve – Banana Bread, Deviled Eggs, Baked Brie, Grilled Peaches, Sweet and Spicy Pecans, Cocktail Franks, Potato Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Fruit, Country Fried Green Tomatoes, Beef Tenderloin, Fried Chicken, Smoked Kentucky Ham, Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Peach Cobbler, Southern Chocolate Pecan Pie


Stick Horse Races, Potato Sack Races, Horseshoes