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Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Yay! I Just Got ANOTHER Mug

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It’s so great to be up and running this morning. I can’t explain the exuberance but I’m embracing it completely. It’s one of those mornings when you can’t think of anything that can take you down until you step out of the house. I’m making a conscious effort to keep the buzz up and I’ll ignore any elements of bad vibes.

On my way out of the house, I made a mental note to pack some new kitchen towels for a friend who just moved into a new flat. He was setting up his house and had written me a “shopping list” from my room of party favours.  You see, one of the perks of living in Lagos is that your social diary can hardly be empty. In fact, if there’s a weekend with nothing to do, you’d have a friend who wants to drag you to some party or event.  In all these years of party attendance, I have managed to shore up an arsenal of party favours; bathroom scales, oven timers, bathrobes, face towels, kitchen towels, umbrellas, traveling bags, flip flops, mop buckets, dustbins, mugs and trays.

Can we stop for a few minutes to discuss the barrage of mugs? I mean, there’s a place for gratitude for gifts received and then there’s a place where you just want to scream “Oh! Stop! Not another mug and jotter!” I know Nigerians believe that everything is symbolic and in fact a lot of people fall over themselves to get these party favours but sometimes it is just an overkill.

So, what is the origin of these gifts?  A little keepsake for invited guests to remember they came for the event somehow morphed into a show of appreciation for attending. Somehow, it has morphed into the prize for buying aso-ebi; such that if you bought a higher grade of the aso-ebi you’d probably get a mobile foot spa and if you bought the lowest grade you’d get a printed bag with 1 pack of noodles, 1 pack of Ariel soap as well as a mug for your efforts.  In fact, the issue of party favours in exchange for aso-ebi expenditure has become so bad that it has adversely affected the cost of the fabric to be purchased. As such you’d hear party organizers justifying the sale of a fabric which originally costs N1800 at N5,000 by saying “you know we have to still buy souvenirs for the people who bought”

There are also times when the friends of the bride say they want to “do something” for the bride and as such they levy themselves to buy and print the party favours. The grade of the “something” differs according to the pocket power of the friends involved and so you find the influx of chopping boards, kitchen towels, and… MUGS!

There are some of these party favours I look forward to with glee though; kitchen lighters, bathroom scales,  and Anapuna salt. I mean, you really can’t have too much salt… ever. But goodness gracious can we chill with the mugs, 4-corner trays, handkerchiefs and those plastic hand fans? Can we just chill?

Please have a fabulous week ahead, remember to laugh because you really have one life to live. Remain strong, and don’t let any one kill your happy buzz! Oh, and don’t forget to share your party favour tales with us. What do you share at parties? What do you like getting and what do you have too much of and you’d just like to NEVER see again.

Peace, love & Cupcakes!
Toodles!

You probably wanna read a fancy bio? But first things first! Atoke published a book titled, +234 - An Awkward Guide to Being Nigerian. It's available on Amazon. ;)  Also available at Roving Heights bookstore. Okay, let's go on to the bio: With a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Swansea University, Atoke hopes to be known as more than just a retired foodie and a FitFam adherent. She can be reached for speechwriting, copywriting, letter writing, script writing, ghost writing  and book reviews by email – [email protected]. She tweets with the handle @atoke_ | Check out her Instagram page @atoke_ and visit her website atoke.com for more information.

72 Comments

  1. joy

    May 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I always look forward to reading ur post evry week.I luv u Atoke

  2. If you are a wedding lover/enthusiast visit my wedding blog @ www.cakesbymizvuitton.blogspot.com

    May 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I don’t want to ever see that back scratcher thing.. I’ve just never understood it. Also thre crowns milk and a box of matches ugh! Nigerian family and friends overload on these favors truth be told but I guess the gesture is from a good place. Personally I’ll rather have an official souvenir from the couple ALONE. If you want to support just support in cash or just offer to pay for something, maybe the cocktails, desserts or small chops just something except those souvenirs

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I agree 100% re your point about supporting the couple in cash or taking over the payment for something being prepared for the wedding.

      Some gals I know were supporting a mutual friend at her brother’s wedding recently and as her own committee of friends, they paid for the wedding photography as their gift to the couple. For another good friend’s wedding, I initially wanted to organize some wedding favors as my contribution to the day but changed my mind and instead put down some of the money for her bridal make-up instead.

      The way I saw it, her family were doing more than enough in that area, so my money could be better employed somewhere else. However, it’s all relative, sometimes wedding favors are a better choice of gifts from the committe of friends to the couple.

    • If you are a wedding lover/enthusiast visit my wedding blog @ www.cakesbymizvuitton.blogspot.com

      May 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Aww! Paying for the wedding photography, paying for the bridal make-up are such great gestures. I hope my friends take the hint, lol

    • Adedayo

      May 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      But as Nigerians alwaysss wants to be known n heard..paying for stuff is just to quiet
      They need to print something that says “FROM your father’s brother’s uncle’s cousin” now list all the names–tope,funmi,segun,femi,gori,funsho,bella, — all on top one mug o….
      .keep in mind that the “from names” overshadows the couple’s name

      #Issorai

      P.S-Dear Printing Companies,Pls Print On Paper n Not On The Cup Directly.Just So I Can Pull If Off..Its A Lil Embarrassing Serving My Guest Tea In Party Favors.

  3. Toyin245

    May 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Atoke, I totally agree with the party favours must haves – Salt, DeRica tomato, bathroom slippers, Buckets ( especially the ‘basier’ kind), kitchen towels, baskets ( really cute woven ones), plastic bowls with covers, thermos flasks and umbrellas
    There have been some really different ones, like an original Sally Hansen manicure set, the little’coal pot’ you can cook with on a regular cooker, dainty ladies fans and my absolute favorite were the sandals given to the brides friends to change into to dance all night. 🙂

    Favours we are tired of – PLASTICS in all shapes and sizes that you can’t figure what function/service they were moulded to perform.

    That’s all!!!

  4. Berry Dakara

    May 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Fans get lost all the time, so I don’t mind them.

    My thing with mugs is I want my kitchen and dining room (and whole house anyways) to match perfectly. So random mugs, trays, bowls, etc are just bleh.

    And ok, fine. I understand that the souvenirs are for the guests to remember the couple by. But I don’t like seeing people’s faces on stuff (especially the deceased, may they RIP). It’s just creepy to see the faces on trays and notebooks, etc.

    Ah well.

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  5. Neo

    May 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I remember when my brother first moved to Lagos, we attended a family freiend’s wedding with my Mum, time to share souvenirs na, they brought carton of indomie and started giving us a pack each, after that came specally packaged salt with “So-so weds So-so” printed on it. It was when they brought the box of matches that my brother nearly collapsed with laughter. He was like “Dem go soon bring stove make we for cook the indomie”

    My sister was an event planner for a high profile wedding in like 2002/3 that they gave out those high tech Sony Ericsson phones with the stylus. So souvenir get levels.

    At my Dad’s funeral, we made a lot of souvenirs for the errm different classes, the high chiefs were to get umbrellas and china and the other guests to get flasks, towels, toasters and the like but the village people wanted to die on top umbrella oh. At one point we were being mauled by 60 something year old women. Souvenir sharing is dangerous business in this Nigeria!

    • Bleed blue

      May 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      LOL!!! Meeeehn tell me about the danger!

      At a relative’s funeral, I was handing out food warmers. Yes they were cute and quirky but please, there was no need for one old woman who proceeded to curse me in her native tongue when I told her the warmers were allocated and even had names on them!
      See me rebuking, binding and casting out her curses quite fervently…the fear of souvenir distribution is the beginning of wisdom.

    • Proudly Nigerian

      May 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Lmfao,chai,this is sooo funny.

  6. tbn

    May 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

    LOL good and apt post. What about small sachets of tomato paste, morning fresh, and stove wool
    (for real). I tire for some of these party favours oh.

    • Nwakaeku

      May 28, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Lol.

  7. Whalezy

    May 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I am personally tired of jotterd, I have over a million I’m sure!!!LOL

  8. Whalezy

    May 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I am personally tired of jotters, I have over a million I’m sure!!!LOL

  9. Tiki

    May 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

    looool. Nigerian society can be just ridiculous, I tell you? Indomie? Tomato paste? mugs? Where I’m from the standard is fridge magnets, keyholders, boxes of sweets, pens, and lately jotters. All these come in a neat little paper bag with the couple’s faces printed on. I’ve only gone to ONE wedding where they gave out plastic bowls.

    • Tolani

      May 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Good morning Auntie, please where are you from? It will help us understand your anguish better. XXX

    • olusola

      May 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      so where are you from Tiki? cuz majority souvenirs come in that form mainly.

    • TheNigerian

      June 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

      she’s from cameroon.

  10. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’m with you on the mugs, Atoke. Seriously, how many different kinds do I need to to drink my very infrequent cups of tea/coffee? And most people already have a favourite mug they’ll rather drink from so the other random ones are just “load” everything you have to move house.

    Regarding party favors in general, I say you can never tell what’s on offer with every different gbedu so I eagerly look forward to receiving some good stuff when I attend Naija functions.

    For those of us living “in the abroad”, ankara-based favors are catching on like wildfire and I’ve gotten some good stuff which are nice AND practical. Case in point:-
    Ankara aprons (which I’ve admittedly never used but they look good hanging in my kitchen… hehehe)
    Ankara boxes, which came in 3 different sizes from small to large and which are PERFECT for storing my pile of earrings.
    Ankara shopper bags… need I say more? They’re foldable and I can slip them into my main handbag and slip them right out when I get into a store to grocery shop. They can also carry random items that such as books and my flats, which I wanna take with me but don’t wanna put in my main handbag
    Ankara photo frames – a new find! I attended a friend’s wedding quite recently and they had these lovely treats, which some oyinbo people appeared to not want so I kukuma packed up my own and their own when I was leaving, which amounted to 4 different ankara-covered frames for my future home (Lord, you know my heart’s desires and I will continue to prepare in faith as I expect my testimony. AMEN.)

    • iHeart

      May 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Please where can I find Ankara photo frames or African themed party favors, marrying a Caucasian and the wedding is in the States, want something different

  11. Dora the explorer

    May 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I dnt want any “custom” pens no more!!! I dnt want any floral trays or the see-through ones for that matter, I dnt want any 500 Naira rechargeable lamp, I dnt want MILO , (I can buy from the mall am across the street), Any badly printed wares are not acceptable.. I dont mind nicely selected diffusers and candles.. Thank you note/card/message from the couple is perfect! Its not a give and take affair>> Buy asoebi and get the big clumsy souvenir, seat in front and get all souvenirs! Attend the wedding and eat for days! yak!

  12. Mnena

    May 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Atoke leave our mugs alone ohhh!

  13. Bamz

    May 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I want to commend your writing skills Atoke; I ABSOLUTELY adore you (I hope its not creepy to say dat – I’m female & straight). I love your write ups SO much. Always very meaningful + u have a way of putting words together to make sense & with the reader being able to relate. Thanks sweetie for making my mondays not so stressful. I had a good laugh @ most of the comments esp @ Neo’s -Souvernir sharing is dangerous business.

    • TheNigerian

      June 2, 2013 at 5:57 am

      What’s with the whole writing down your sexuality when praising someone? where is it written that a female can not commend her fellow female? Is this now the new trend? simply commend her without informing us on your sex and sexuality xxx

  14. hmm

    May 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

    this is coming at the right time. i’m preparing for my wedding and i have absolutely no idea of something appropriate and affordable for souvenirs. i’ll really appreciate suggestions. thank u.

    • lovemi

      May 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Congratlations. Check out our ideas at expensiveweddingfavors.com. if you need help with shipping, plscontact us via our contact form. PS. They r not all expensive 🙂

    • 1Mary

      May 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      You can also check out http://www.agiftforyoushop.com they have nice stuff

    • Wale

      May 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Congrats! I suggest you distribute two types of favors, the nice classy one for the wedding reception and then the “owambe usual” for the night party. Since you probably can’t
      control the owambe ones since aunties and friends organize them, just instruct them not to label them-so they can be re-gifted by your guests. I was in Nigeria for a party and they actually gave out cell phones complete with recharge card. I got three cell phones and gave them to my driver and my relatives. They still thank me till today.

  15. Chelle

    May 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    the mugs!!! o my god! Atoke i think the calendars are the worst of all time. i saw a calender once with the picture of the couple and the not so beautiful woman who made the calender boldly on the calender.

  16. khennee

    May 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    ATOKE! ATOKE!! ATOKE!!! you sure have a way of putting a smile on a girl’s face on monday mornings just after she feels she should stay extra in bed!
    my party favour ish is the MUGGS, aaarrrgggg we have so much of it at home that its now our own”thanks for coming” sourvenir to those who visit.

  17. Topsy

    May 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I fink i agree wif the calendar fingy…wn it was given to me i refused it o cos i was wondering wat i was going to use it 4….so many calendars in the house dt are not in use nd i felt wot d point was.

  18. DOO

    May 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Atoke, you need to change your friends. calendars, towels, mugs? We go to parties were tvs and ipads are shared. Send your number; like Lynxx, “I go change your parade”

    • Miss Anonymous

      May 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Doo please do you attend parties where loaded “Ghana must go” bags are shared? Would be interested 😉

    • lovemi

      May 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      nice. kindles are currently my favorite. there’s one for $69 and well you can’t go run with Ipads. cell phones are a tad personal so probably best to avoid those unless you’re giving out the most up to date Iphone. can’t go wrong with that

    • lovemi

      May 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      run lol…wrong

  19. dami

    May 27, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Lmao

  20. ditto

    May 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Lovely article. Lool! Really and truly enoughh with the mugs, buckets, bowlss. napkins, Jotteerrr !!!Aarrgh lool! Too funny. I cant get enough of salt, hand fans, kitchen lighter (precious). Naija sha.. we love to party and share.

  21. tope

    May 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    atoke, u really got me cracking this morning with thi write up. i look forward to ur monday morning feature. One can never predict what you will write. I feel u on the dangerous business of sharing souvenir. A few years back, I was assisting one of my friends in sharing souvenir and I was so overwhelmed by the way people were scrambling for the souvenir. one woman came to meet me and abuse me because i didnt give her umbrella.

  22. Jo!

    May 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    @DOO, can I send my number too? Biko

    • Ready

      May 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      !!!! I mean…if she/he’s really on the ipad levels, I don’t mind new friends…or at least acquaintances.

  23. Abiola

    May 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Atoke…you are gifted…..God will continue to add ‘ororo” to your elbow …kissesss

  24. pynk

    May 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The ones i still cant understand is when they insist on giving out buckets in America.

  25. beforesheimplodes

    May 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    LOL! I have had enough of jotters and mugs and maybe trays ehn. Lets be honest though the ones that are functional in my home are mostly from one function or the other. A wedding I was at recently gave me portable hair dryer and iron and I really needed those! I do appreciate some of these things. Sometimes I know someone that might be in nedd like Atoke’s friend here. Recently I packed a room-tidy (my room has 1 too many for the thing to make sense again) and gave it to a friend I know that needed one. Maybe thats what we should start doing with unwanted party favors??

  26. Omo Tee

    May 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    wat i share at a party depends but i mostly i share spagetti, bathroom slippers or matches

    • Tolani

      May 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      See one of the culprits! Spaghetti!

  27. HRS

    May 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Souvenirs? Purlease… I don’t even bother as I always don’t want be on my way home, carrying trays, mugs, towels and the likes, thank God I don’t see those plastic fans again, I like those other fans like the bridal fan though, mostly classy 😀 Enough with the mugs, seriously 🙁 , some peeps can beef u till eternity if they don’t get souvenirs o. And as one artist said, eni ti o ra ankara, ko ni je semo (Whoever doesn’t buy the parry ankara will not be privileged to eat semo 🙂 ) still rains wella, ur ankara must match up with souvenirs received, unspoken rule!

    BTW, an aunt gisted me that she attended a wedding of an isale eko woman’s daughter and all her mates wanted to outdo themselves with souvenirs shared, at first they shared ‘Ghana must go”, she was wondering wtf, until she started getting things like toasters, big trays, noodles, custard in big containers, oats and the likes, apparently, the “Ghana must go” bag was to assist peeps in carrying souvenirs home o..lol..

    Please!! @DOO, Kindly invite me to a party where they share Ipads and samsung tablets and smartphones 😀 .

  28. eniola

    May 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Just love Atoke. mwuahhh! Okay i’ve had enough jotters,MUGS, single breakable plates, kitchen towels, plastic key holders, the very funny one close-up sachets. LOOL!. Once i saw goats tied to people’s seats with pieces of the aso-ebi tied around their necks on someone’s DP. MOST HILARIOUS EVER!

  29. Eyitayo

    May 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    ATOKE i think u should write something on CHILDREN’S DAY

    • Bleed blue

      May 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      I understand your sentiment but I honestly think the randomness of Atoke’s posts are what make us love and look forward to them so much.

      If she were to write about Children’s Day today, Vals Day on Feb 14, Independence on Oct 1st etc…then there’s the likelihood that she becomes somewhat predictable and thereby loses that oh-so-cute spontaneity that makes us click on her posts with so much gusto.

  30. Lizzy

    May 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The mugs are even too heavy to carry and not worth it (esp the ugly white ones). I like morning fresh and other liquid soaps (can’t have too many) I do not support the extra charge on aso-ebi in the name of souvenirs.

  31. ktemi

    May 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I agree with everyone. Think souvenirs r nice but pple just need 2 think outside d box sometimes though it can be difficult esp if money is tight. Like for my wedding, I wanted to make hand towels ( the ones used in bathrooms) with our names n the wedding date embroidered on it for our friends (as I knew my parents n their pple will do theirs)and I asked a friend who had done something similar with high-quality towel 4 her bday to do it for me but alas they did face towels and v. Poor quality so I ended up just giving my mum to give her people. But it really pained me. However, my oyinbo friends liked d souvenirs sha as it was something new to them, they were even taking pix with them. Even when hubby n I went to Naija last year, I was so excited 2 go to owanbe wedding and even excited abt d plastic tray souvenirs as don’t tend to go to weddings much here but it broke on my way back 🙁
    But yeah, I do agree; if u can’t think of a unique souvenir, u can always contribute 2 d wedding expenses. Believe me, every little goes a long way

  32. Zayt

    May 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    once attended a wedding where panadol was shared! at first I thought I was suppose to hand over to the person beside me until I realized it was souvenir! smh!

    • lovemi

      May 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      and the title for the worst ever favor goes to panadol!!!! LOL. My sister is here with me and she’s saying maybe someone just had a whole bunch and decided to give them as favors.

    • Well

      May 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Thats nuffing i was at a party where and condoms were shared rme, I just couldnt deal!!!!

    • Nwakaeku

      May 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Lol.

  33. FYI

    May 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    When you marry, that collection of brooms and packers, towels, salt, mugs, trays, soap, jugs, those ubiquitous plastic bowls will all make sense. I saved all mine. Didn’t know what for but I did. When I got married, I found out why. You never remember to shop for those little items and it helps to rummage through that stash. The Eureka! moment is so gratifying:D.

    • deep

      May 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

      So you didn’t need brooms and packers, towels, salt, mugs, trays, soap, jugs, those ubiquitous plastic bowls, etc. until you got married?
      Another one bites the dust…. deep sigh

  34. holla

    May 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    LOL @every1’s comment,nice write_up atoke thumbs up

  35. meee

    May 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Asin the rate Ÿ̲̣̣̣̥ø̲̣̣̥u̶̲̥̅̊ can quickly make enemies as a result of souvenir sharing s epic. Nice write up Atoke as usual. in btw pls kip helping with suggestions of website for classy and affordable souveneirs. Thanks

  36. whocares

    May 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I havent received a party souvenir in a while (from my naija sector ie) and maybe that will colour my contribution, but i quite like them and what i remembered of them. i think its cute, the box of matches. mop buckets etc and whatever else you all complain about.. thats what makes the whole party/ nigerian culture fun isnt it? we dont know how it started but somehow it has evolved to include modern technology.. people will only give you what they can afford and think its right. so if you want better gifts, meet richer and classier people? yes you may be tired of mugs etc but thats ok, the mallam who sells you candy may not be, neither will your gateman.. so have a massive clear out and give out things you dont need. I have to say though i hate the “i was there when … married …” and other such stickers.

  37. Nutella

    May 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    For my wedding (I had a love birds themed wedding), I gave out themed bottle stoppers, book marks, scented soap and salt and pepper shakers. That was because I was sooooo tired of receiving all those uber annoying items in the name of wedding favours. ALL our guests loved them and those items are still used in their homes, as well as in ours. I really wish Naija people would kindly take a cue. I end up leaving most events with my favours on the table. Who get time for unnecessary load?
    For the bride-to-be who asked about where to get nice favours from, I got all mine from littlethingsfavors.com . They don’t accept Naija-issued cards so I got my shippers to “personal shop” for me (they charged my card, paid for my items with their card and then shipped to me). If you know any reliable person in the US, you could ask for help too. I also got sugar almonds (which I out in little nests to look like bird eggs) from Dubai but I’m sure sweet shops in Lagos or anywhere stock them. All the best with your planning, wedding and marriage.

  38. aunty

    May 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

    mehn plastic buckets and bowls came in handy during boarding school days… i stayed steady changing buckets like a boss! lol

    • Ready

      May 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Lol. Haha! Soo true! No iron buckets for me after JSS 1. My mom’s owambe activities gave me buckets.

  39. didabliz

    May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    LOOOOOOOOLZZZZZZZZ!…. I CONCUR 100%

  40. Debby

    May 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Believe me, my aunt came home with 2 bras as a party favour one day and the airtel line i use till date since 2005 was collected at a party by my same aunt who then bought me a fone to use. Lagosians can give you anything as party favours, when this my aunt did her birthday some of her friends shared “ibruprofen”, lol…. May be for guest to take when too much dance dance gets u!

  41. moving on swiftly

    May 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    hahahhahahhah @ ibruprofen. Anyway. I dont want big “baff” its just ridiculous kai. need tv’s and phones and lappy’s. Dats wassup!. lol.

    • Lizzie

      May 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      loool, see your big eye but like you said, “that’s what’s up” 🙂

  42. nwando

    May 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    loool! I got my colleagues all cracked up with the panadol story.

  43. Naveah

    May 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I have always hated that part of Nigerian weddings!!! And it is always done in such a noisy disorganized fashion. I am glad that Nigerians getting married here don’t subscribe to that nonsense, there is only one set of souvenirs for everyone and they are placed on the table besides each place setting so once the event is over, everyone takes one home. Who needs dust pans? Abeg! When I got married, it was hot so we gave out beautiful feather fans of different colors, we made donations to several charities and left little printed cards with the information to those charities so if people wanted to match our donations.

  44. The Real Madam the Madam

    May 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I don’t even take all those mugs and things home. No disrespect to the couple, but if I think the gift won’t be useful to me, I just jejely leave it behind or else it will end up in the donation pile to goodwill.
    Useful favors:
    Containers – You can never have too many. Soup needs to be stored.
    Fans – Not the plastic ones. The cute ones are always good to go in the hot summer months.
    Salt and pepper shaker – very nice gift.
    An eclectic storage box thingy.
    Trays – If it’s cute I’ll take it

    So it really depends. Useful gifts are always a win.

  45. Omo

    May 31, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Omg!!!…. laffing so hard on the Panadol story/ sourvenir. Lwkmd… that’s like pple ( invited guest) drinking PANADOL! for another man’s ( celebrant) headache … lol

  46. Omo

    May 31, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Hey guys i’m preparing for my traditional wedding. I have been seriously thinking of what to share as sourvenirs @ my wedding… Since this topic is here, would to use this opportunity to ask for good ideas/ choices of sourvenirs. I’m looking for something not too common @ parties. Meanwhile, my top 3 choices are; ( 1) stainless steel electric kettle, (2) Ankara/abada or gele, or both… lol (3) mini blender or CONAIR mini travel size hand/hair dryer. I’m so confuse pls help with ideas thx!

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