I was invited to a friend’s home for dinner last weekend. Normally,
a prettily wrapped bottle of wine is my go to hostess gift. I know these
friends are not big drinkers, though, so a gift of alcohol would have
My next default gift is a blooming potted plant.
Plants have several advantages over wrapped fresh flowers or a
1. A pretty potted plant is WAY less expensive than cut fresh flowers.
2. A potted plant doesn’t need immediate attention like wrapped fresh
flowers. Having to go and find a vase as soon as guests arrive can
be a little frantic.
3. It will last longer than fresh flowers.
4. The host or hostess can plant it outside OR just enjoy it indoors .
You can pick up something lovely at your local garden center for just a
few dollars. Bigger grocery stores often carry a small selection of
A plant you get from a garden center will probably be in an unattractive
plastic pot, while one from a florist or grocery will be wrapped in either
crinkly green plastic or foil the color of my old silver Honda. You CAN
still give the plant to your host in the original (or lack of) wrapping. The
thought is still there, and you will have fulfilled your guest-ly duties.
However, why not wrap it yourself to add that custom touch?
Wrapping a potted plant is easy. You’ll need:
- wax paper
- pretty paper for the wrapping
- ribbon or twine
Some pretty papers your could use include wrapping paper, parchment
paper, brown craft paper, tissue paper, newspaper, or heavy duty
aluminum foil (technically not paper, I know).
First, cut a large square of the pretty paper. It should be big enough
that when folded, it will cover the pot on all sides. Then, cut a square of
wax paper slightly smaller than the pretty paper. The wax paper layer
will help prevent damage to the pretty paper when the plant is watered.
Lay the pretty paper facedown and the wax paper on top. Place the
potted plant in the center.
Bring up two corners of the papers towards the plant.
Then bring the other corners up and crease the paper in several spots
so it stands up close to the pot.
Wrap the pot with some ribbon to keep the paper in place. I used a little
scrap of twine.
You could also make multiples of these for a pretty, simple, and
inexpensive centerpiece. Your guests could even take one home
after the party as a memento.