Clear wrap­ping paper keeps show­ers mov­ing

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - HOROSCOPES - ——— News­day

“Please be a dear and wrap in clear.” This lit­tle rhyme was on an in­vi­ta­tion to a baby shower put to­gether re­cently by event plan­ner Laura Petro­celli, owner of Cou­ture Con­cepts Inc. of Hunt­ing­ton, N.Y. It’s in­dica­tive of a grow­ing trend at baby and bridal show­ers: re­quest­ing that guests wrap gifts in clear wrap in­stead of opaque, dec­o­ra­tive wrap­ping paper.

That way, every­one can see what the gift is in­stead of hav­ing to watch each one be un­wrapped.

“It’s be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar. The No. 1 rea­son is that bridal and baby show­ers tend to drag a lit­tle bit,” she says. “Peo­ple are try­ing to think out­side the box these days, keep­ing their event fun and non­tra­di­tional.” The guest of honor can still choose to hold up each gift and thank the giver if she wants, but not hav­ing to un­wrap makes the process go faster. If the guest of honor doesn’t want to do that, Petro­celli rec­om­mends hav­ing ta­bles and bring­ing some crates or boxes to the shower to show­case the gifts in a beau­ti­ful dis­play that guests can pe­ruse dur­ing the party.

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