I recently hosted a baby shower for my dear cousin Ann. Ann and I are second cousins, and our grandmothers were sisters.
At the shower, another cousin gave Ann a gift and announced, “it’s wrapped in the Pink Paper.” Apparently, this wasn’t just any pink paper, this was THE Pink Paper- the paper that their grandmother Ellen used to wrap anything and everything. Ellen passed away a few years ago, but the Pink Paper lives on.
The Pink Paper is a lovely light, opaque, matte pink, and it came in a gigantic roll. I don’t know where it originally came from, but I can guess. Our grandmothers grew up very poor and were impressionable young girls during the depression, so resources and opportunities were not wasted. I imagine this roll may have come from a store that was closing, possibly one that a friend or relative had worked in, and that Ellen saw in this roll the opportunity to never buy wrapping paper again. And so one woman’s thrifty ways brought about a cherished family tradition of getting gifts from Grandma wrapped in the Pink Paper. I love this idea of seeing a gift and knowing who it’s from just by how it is wrapped.
After hearing this story I was eager to create my own version of the Pink Paper. I decided to buy a giant roll of wrapping paper that I would use to wrap anything and everything. I eventually settled on a light blue glossy paper from Paper Mart (papermart.com). It was under $20 for a 100 foot roll, which should last me a good long time. I plan to use it for everything I need to wrap, along with this cream-colored ribbon.
Do you have a signature wrapping paper? If so, I would love to know what you chose.