This past weekend we were invited at the very last minute to a 6-year-old's birthday party. It was so last minute, in fact, that we had to buy a gift on our way to the party, with a small detour to my house so I could wrap it.
What you see above are the results. I grabbed a plain white bag, mixed two colours of pink tissue and tied on a few pom-poms. I wanted to share this story with you for two reasons:
First, to show that if you keep a good selection of basic materials on hand, you can be prepared for any event. Stock up on plain gift bags (white and kraft paper should be enough) in a variety of sizes, and have a selection of tissue papers in various colours.
Second, I wanted to point out that you don't always have to use expensive, fancy papers to make a pretty package. I'm certain the bag was less than a dollar, and I never pay more than $2 for a package of tissue paper.
Of course, what makes the gift extra fun are the pom-poms, which I happened to have lying around from an abandoned craft project. But just as fun would have been a faux flower, a small toy or a large sticker. Even a big pink bow would have worked.