Jan Scott

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
how to fold roses out of paper napkins
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While I think this simple DIY is ideal for Mother’s Day (P.S. send the link to hubby and have him supervise the craft with the kids), I also happen to think that adding paper napkin roses to your table setting is worthy of any special occasion this spring, from showers to birthdays to tea parties.

You could, of course, apply the same folding technique to proper cotton napkins if you want to make this feel a little more fancy, but paper napkins work just as well and have the added bonuses of being available to purchase in large quantities, in lovely flower-ey colours, and they easily sit inside almost any jar or drinking glass you’ll be placing on the table.

For this project you will need:

  • Square green napkins
  • Square pink (or yellow or red) napkins
  • Drinking glass or mason jar

To make the outer leaves:

  1. Open the green square napkin and fold in half along the diagonal.
  2. Fold the long side in half again.
  3. Fold the long side in half once more so you are left with a smaller triangle.

To make the rose:

  1. Open the pink square napkin and fold in half.
  2. Fold in half again along the long side.
  3. Roll the napkin into a cylinder. When you are finished fold the open end into a triangular flap for an outer petal.

To assemble:

  1. Open the green triangle and lay the ‘rose’ the middle of the bottom triangle.
  2. Fold the top triangle over and gather the bottom of the rose and leaves together. Arrange in the glass, opening the outer leaves and separating the roll until it resembles a rose.

A quick note: I purchased my napkins at my local dollar store, which, I have to say, is stocked with a stellar selection of colours and patterns for spring and summer.

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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Each year on Mother’s Day, I host a brunch for my mom, mother-in-law and sister. This surprises some people as they assume that because I’m also a mother I’d want to have breakfast made for me. The truth is, I’m not one for eating my morning meal in my bed (the crumbs!) and I really like feeding others so this works well for me, too.

Having said that, I also have no intention of standing stove-side all Sunday morning, which means my entire menu is mostly make-ahead. This year I’m planning a build-your-own scone bar with assorted biscuits, spreads and berries. The scones are already in my freezer, premade, cut out and portioned. The berries can be washed and sliced on Saturday, and come Mother’s Day morning I only need to whip some cream, spoon store-bought lemon curd and jam into small bowls, pop the scones in the oven, and turn on the coffee machine.

This simple breakfast is satisfying for all, and by the time we’re finished eating and everyone heads home it’s barely noon, and I have the whole afternoon ahead of me to relax. If you’re interested in planning your own brunch here are a few of our favourite scone recipes:

Banana Bread Scones
Gingerbread Cranberry Scones
Sweet Potato Scones
Sugar-Topped Scones
Quiche Lorraine Scones

One thing to note: I like to use icing sugar in my whipped cream instead of granulated sugar as the powdered sugar helps to stabilize the cream ensuring it’s possible for me to make it advance.
Also, if it happens to be too hot for coffee or tea this weekend, you can consider making our cold-brew option, which is perfect for sipping in the backyard or on the stoop.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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