Trans­par­ent wrap can put your party guests in the clear

At­ten­dees won’t have to sit through un­wrap­ping process, but not ev­ery­one is sold


“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,” Petro­celli says.

“Most of the time is used watch­ing the guest of hon­our open her gifts. It can get slightly bor­ing. Peo­ple are try­ing to think out­side the box these days, keep­ing their event fun and non-tra­di­tional.”

The guest of hon­our 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 hon­our doesn’t want to do that, Petro­celli rec­om­mends hav­ing ex­tra tables and bring­ing some crates or boxes to the shower to show­case the gifts in a dis­play that guests can pe­ruse dur­ing the party.

The sec­ond-big­gest rea­son for us­ing clear wrap­ping is that some guests of hon­our don’t rel­ish be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion; not hav­ing to un­wrap gifts in front of ev­ery­one takes the pres­sure off, Petro­celli says.

Some more tra­di­tional fam­ily mem­bers or friends may ob­ject to this new trend, Petro­celli says.

“Some fam­ily mem­bers say that part of the fun is un­wrap­ping.”

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