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This lovely dinner set was a present for my youngest daughter's 1st birthday. I was so pleased when we opened it because my other daughter never had anything like this so it was very exciting!
The actual set is called 'Petit Jour Elmer Elephant Dinner Set'.
It came in a cardboard box and everything inside was well wrapped in bubble wrap, so everything was in good condition (I think it was ordered online and obviously been through the postal strikes etc so you never know what condition things are going to arrive in!)
The set comprises of:
Cup with 2 Handles
All items are very colourfully decorated with Elmer the Elephant (David Mckee's fictional patchwork elephant).
Each item is made from melamine which feels very strong and robust. The plate is approximately 22cm in diameter to the edge but there is a rim of about 1.5cm so the actual size of the plate where you put the food is approx 18cm in diameter. This is ample for a child's meal. The fact that there is quite a deep drop into the plate is good because it helps prevent overspill, especially if the meal contains gravy....
The plate's rim is decorated with lovely bright stripes in various colours, and the centre of the plate has a picture of Elmer with various plants and a few birds. It's a lovely picture.
The bowl is 17cm in diameter to the edge of the rim, but the actual base of bowl is about 9cm in diameter, which again is ample for a child's breakfast, or pudding or general snack.
The bowl's rim is also decorated in brightly coloured stripes with a picture of Elmer on the base. There are also a few birds decorating the sides of the bowl.
The spoon is lovely, it's very thick and the handle is striped with a tiny little Elmer on the spoon part. The actual feeding part of the spoon is quite deep and wide and my daughter does find it strange when I'm feeding her with this because it is bigger than the other spoons we use, but my older daughter loves it.
The cup is slightly different to the items I have mentioned above. The cup has a sort of dull finish to it, whereas the other items have a lovely shiny feel to them. I'm not sure why the cup is different, but it is noticeable and the colours are a lot duller than the other items.
Anyway, apart from that the cup is lovely. It has 2 handles, which are great for beginners, and is about the same size as a Tommee Tippee lidded beaker. My daughter is still a bit young for drinking out of a cup without a lid (she's just turned 1) but my eldest daughter likes to use it. The outside is decorated with a scene that shows Elmer being chased by some birds. And inside at the bottom of the cup is just a small picture of Elmer.
What I love about this cup is that the underside of it has a rubber ring around it, which makes it non-slip. I have never come across anything like this before but as soon as you put it down on a table or other similar surface it doesn't budge. My eldest daughter is forever putting things down clumsily and spilling them, but I've found we have less spills with this cup.
I think it would have been good if the plate and bowl had this same rubber ring design because then my youngest daughter wouldn't be able to move the plate or bowl around on her high chair tray and cause her dinner to go flying over the side...
All items are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe, although you cannot use them in the microwave. They are also all very durable and seem to be break proof. My youngest daughter has got into the nasty habit of throwing things off her tray and onto our wooden floor, these have been thrown on numerous occasions and have survived so I'm quite pleased about that.
It really is a lovely set and brightens up our meal times. I won't pretend that the lovely bright colours and picture on the plates encourage my daughter to finish her meal so she can see the picture. That just doesn't happen, and she rarely finishes her meal. But I think she does enjoy the bright colours, and although she doesn't seem to like using the spoon, she does enjoy playing with it and bashing it on her tray.
This would make an ideal gift for any child over the age of 1. The recommended age is 18 months, but I'm presuming that this is because of the cup.
The set is available from John Lewis for £16.50.