Clear wrapping paper keeps showers moving
“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.