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My son is a huge Fireman Sam fan so when we asked him if he would like a tea party for his 5th birthday, he asked if we could do a Fireman Sam party. A quick search on Amazon confirmed that Mummy and Daddy could pull this off. There is a wide selection of Fireman Sam party essentials on Amazon and we bought banners, party bags, paper hats, pencils and also this tableware set. We also bought a Fireman Sam cake from Asda!
~Fireman Sam Party Tableware Pack~
This pack is offered by Dazzle The Party Store and is official Fireman Sam merchandise. It is a tableware pack suitable for 8 people and has an age recommendation of 3+. The various items including in this pack can be bought alone but I found the pack to offer best value for money. Contents of this pack are as follows :
*1 x plastic table cover (137 x 259cm)
*16 x 33cm 2ply napkins
*8 x 23cm paper plates
*8 x 9oz paper cups (approx 266ml)
As you would expect, all the items in this pack have the same Fireman Sam theme.
~Price and Availability~
This particular tableware pack can currently be bought on Amazon for £8.85 (£1.50 p&p). There is a special offer whereby you can buy this pack, the party bags and a banner for £12.19. Prices do vary.
When our pack arrived, each individual set of items was in its own plastic wrapper. I purchased this pack from Amazon four weeks ahead of Boos party and paid £8.17 with free delivery which I considered to be a fair price for this pack. As we have just celebrated Boos 5th birthday, my views on this tableware pack are fresh in my mind. This entire pack compliments the other products in the Fireman Sam party range and were well appreciated by both Boo has his guests.
Whilst using re-useable tableware would be less expensive, I wasn't keen on the idea of all the washing up. We are off on holiday in the morning and I was happy to be able to serve the food and dispose/recycle the plates and platters afterwards - less hassle and stress! This set fitted our needs perfectly as we had four children over and also some adults though I did provide some regular paper plates too.
The various items in this tableware pack look attractive. They are mainly red in colour so fit in with the Fireman Sam theme perfectly. The Fireman Sam designs is very realistic when compared to the actual show and these items are highly appealing to fans of the show. There are various slogans on the items including 'Sam to the rescue' and all in all, they are pleasing to the eye.
I cannot really complain about the quality of the items as they served their intended purchase. The table cover was the first thing to be used. The sales page didn't state how big this table cloth actually was but the outer packaging does. I didn't expect it to be quite so big! It is definitely suited to being used on a long party table but as we don't have one of those, we slotted three tables together. It is huge and of a decent quality. It hung over each side of our table arrangement and the Fireman Sam design was visible. It kept the tables clean and was easy to wipe over. It could easily be re-used.
The paper cups were of a decent thickness and the right size for young children. I had bought kwenchy cups so the cups were used when they had ran out and were perfectly suitable for both fizzy juice and diluted juice. The packaging states that these cups can be used for hot or cold drinks but given that it was 20c outside, we only used them for freezing cold juice! Holding 9oz each, they are a good size and practical to use. The paper plates were of decent thickness and appeared to be durable as each held various nibbles without collapsing. We placed one napkin on each plate and the remaining eight were using to wrap up birthday cake. The napkins were quite big when folded out and whilst quite thin, done the job well. They had an okay absorbency and we used one or two to mop up juice spills.
Overall this tableware pack suited our needs and there was enough to go around. The different items are visually appealing to Fireman Sam fans and the quality of this pack is really good. I would highly recommend this pack if you are planning a Fireman Sam themed birthday party as it offers good value for money in my opinion. I would buy this pack again if my son wanted another Fireman Sam party.
Thanks for reading :)