26 May 2011
I am very surprised to find out that there is such a thing as a surprise ball – not just a round ball but in forms of fruits and flowers. Special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas or anniversaries, requires presents and sometimes we are asked what we want and so a gift comes wrapped in a beautiful package.
The American version is the “surprise ball”, which hides within its swaddling of crepe paper, a series of small gifts reveled one by one as the layers are unraveled. No-one seems to know when surprise balls first appeared on the American party scene, but certainly they have been around the last 30 years or more.
While I was going through my current issue of magazines, I saw some images of fruits and after a closer inspection I found out they are a new interpretation of the surprise ball. I mean a pear, a radish and others. If I get one of those paper pears I don’t think I will ever unwrap them. I am trying to imagine how it is done because it is not just round, it is not easy to do the shape of a pear.
I heard surprise balls are also big in Japan and I am not surprised. That is the land of origami and wonderful wrapping papers.
Here are some surprise balls (not round) for your delight.
(Photos from The World of Interiors)