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The Perfect Paperwhite Hostess Gift

Have you ever planted a Paperwhite bulb?

And then watched it grow from an ugly little orb into a brilliant white blossom?

It’s quite an amazing experience.

The sweet scent of these darling little star-like blossoms is intoxicating to say the least.

They lift my spirits and make me smile just when I seem to find myself smack dab in the middle of the winter blues.

It’s quite a treat to have something inside that’s alive…actually growing and blooming while everything else outside is hibernating beneath the snow and ice.

It reminds me that I’m alive and that I need to grow and bloom as well. Sometimes, mid-January I just want to wrap myself in a big warm blanket and stay there until I can hear the sweet chirping of the birds outside my window. Do you ever feel like that?

Well, then I’ve got a great medicine for you…

plant a Paperwhite bulb!

It’s not only medicinal, but it’s inexpensive, fun and really couldn’t be any easier to do. And what a perfect gift to give that hostess who has so graciously invited you into her home. She’ll be sure to be smitten after receiving this sweet sentiment!

This is all you’ll need- some soil, a small container and of course a Paperwhite bulb.

I like to reuse jars that I already have on hand.

This jar happens to be a jelly jar. Isn’t it dear?

Just fill the jar about 3/4 full with soil and place the bulb on top pointed side up. Make sure to have room to sprinkle some more soil around the edges but allow for about 1/4 of the bulb to be exposed. Keep the soil moist but not wet and leave the container in a cool place away from direct sunlight for about two weeks until the roots have grown. Once the bulb is well rooted and the shoots begin to grow move the container into a bright room- next to a sunny window is best. The bulb will usually flower about 3 weeks after planting.

I enjoy planting more than just one and thought that a grouping of 3 on a silver platter would make a stunning specimen! Especially after I embellished my jam & jelly jars with matching ribbons.

I mean who wouldn’t just smile as you walked past this darling little trio?

Don’t you agree that one of these precious plantings would be just perfect as a gift? And even more perfect as a hostess gift?

I like to make my hostess gifts personal by tying on sweet little cardboard letters that coincide with the hostess’ name.

You can find these letters in any craft store or you could make your own.

Instant personalization. And as easy as pie (or a Paperwhite in this case).

As the stems grow make sure that you occasionally give them a turn to keep the stems from leaning too much towards the light. It may be necessary to support the stems with a small bamboo stick to help them from toppling over.

And then my friend, stick back and enjoy the show.

You won’t be disappointed.

Paperwhites are the best way I know to bring a little spring inside my home…

and in my heart…

or someone else’s.

Happy planting!


By Wenderly

Married my soulmate. Mama of 2. Love to inspire. Can't help but to relish in all things beautiful inside & out. Join me in Savoring the Art of Living.

32 replies on “The Perfect Paperwhite Hostess Gift”

We are soul sisters in this regard; a winter without my Paperwhites just would not be the same. The only thing I would add? Take the time to buy some good bulbs from a garden center and don’t be suckered into one of those already prepared kits available. The quality of the bulbs in those kits are so inferior you will not get anything close to the results Wendy has shown us if you use them.

I buy enough to do them in stages so I have a container of them constantly blooming throughout the winter; it’s my gardenaholic genetic makeup that HAS to have something I’ve planted in bloom I guess!

OH yay! The aroma is wafting thru the computer screen. One year for hostess and teacher gifts, I bought the clear plastic/acrylic plant saucers, bulbs and large and small clear cellophane baggies. I then went down to Lake Michigan (lucky me its only a block away) and collected small smooth stones. I put 5 bulbs in one bag, the stones in another, placed them in the saucer and all into the large bag. Then typed up cards with “planting instructions” and tied it all together with raffia. The roots grow down in the rocks and it looks so neat and organic. BTWs…I received lots of invitations the next year…um?

Paperwhites have special meaning in our house because my husband bought me a pack of bulbs the first Christmas we were together. In Sunny Southern California, we planted them outside, and about this time every year, they pop up and fill the yard. BEAUTIFUL! Maybe I ought to take a few and bring them inside to spread the love!

Happy Sunday to you. 🙂


This is such a sweet & simple way to add brightness to the home. Thanks for sharing these paperwhites with us. I do not have a green thumb but I think I can handle these 🙂 xo

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