I decided to forgo the plastic containers supplied in the kits and used my own ceramic bowls instead. A small dehydrated puck of soil was supplied that called for two and a half cups of warm water to activate. I set the bowls aside with the soil and water poured over it, when I came back, a few minutes later, it was a towering mound of soil! I used a fork to aerate and de-clump the soil. If you do not have soil, you can place your bulbs among decorative pebbles and/or small rocks, which looks nice if you have a clear container.
To minimize the mess I used the same containers to “grow” the soil and then plant the bulbs. I took out about 1/4 of soil and placed four bulbs, necks side up, on the soil. I covered the bulbs with the remaining soil.
I placed the pots in a cool spot away from direct sunlight (I did place one pot in the window to take the finished product picture.) Now all I have to do is check that they have nice damp soil and when they start to take hold with roots, I will move them to a sunny spot to grow tall and beautiful.
Here is a guide for growing paperwhite bulbs. As a reminder, they can take 3 to 4 weeks to grow, so plan ahead so that they will be blooming for your festivities.