I was excited that I was able to get my hands on the Our Generation “Tea for Two” set, any of the Our Generation sets have been hard to get since Christmas with many stores being completely sold out. We had a trip to the Cleveland area to visit family and I found it there, yay! This is a nice set for anyone in to tea or someone who would like to recreate the bakery or a similar type thing. It does have a few drawbacks though.
I’m not going to show you a picture of it in the box, you all know what that looks like. I’ll start off with the main items:
Very cute, but I have to say that it doesn’t seem as substantial as previous Our Generation items I’ve bought. I was impressed to see that the teapot could actually work as the spout is real, in other similar items it is not. I didn’t try it out to see if it was in fact water tight. The lids don’t fit as well as I think they should either. But it’s a cute set, I especially liked the heart design on it. There are even faux sugar cubes in the sugar bowl. They are glued in so you don’t have to worry about losing them.
The accessories are nice, includes a tea cozy, a “trivet”?, a jar of jam and a tin with tea bags. The tea bags are just way too cute, I think I might try and make some additional ones so that I can have more than two of my girls drinking tea at one time!
To me this is the best part of the whole set. I was excited because there were no duplications in food items from previous OG sets that I’ve purchased. It is all very well done, the tarts, the macarons, the scones–all very cute! I was very impressed at the fact that the chocolate cookies are two sided, very well thought out. The tray is nice too, I can see lots of different uses for this in different settings.
Now for the bad:
The packaging on this was annoying beyond belief. While it was one of the easier things from OG I’ve bought to get out of the package (which isn’t saying much), I was highly unimpressed with the overuse of tape. Bad enough that I’m going to have to get out the Undu to clean off several of the pieces as they have a lot of residue left on them, but even the adorable little tea bags were taped in to place. I very carefully got them out, but I’m not so sure if a child were trying to remove them that they would be as successful. Not sure why they couldn’t have been packaged in a manor similar to other items where they were held in place with plastic that was taped over so that the tea bags themselves did not come in contact with adhesive. Here’s a shot of the bottom of the tray to give you an idea of just how much tape they used. Can you say OVERKILL?
To add insult to injury, the trivet (or whatever it’s supposed to be) is only made from felt, which would be okay, except whoever packaged my set wasn’t all that careful and it was totally bent and mangled when I got it out of the package. I will probably stick it inside a heavy book and it should flatten out okay, but I shouldn’t have had to do it in the first place. Grrrrr….
SERIOUSLY?!?! This is a major boo-boo to me. A tea cozy is to completely cover the tea pot. At first I thought maybe this was one with openings in the cozy to accommodate the handle and the spout; nope. It’s just poorly thought out and executed.
My final grade on this set: C
I think the food is very nicely done and several of the other accessories as well. The packaging on this was ridiculous, several of the pieces are so tape coated they stick to everything they come in contact with and it was totally unnecessary. What really unimpressed me was the lack of quality on the tea set in comparison to other OG items I’ve purchased and that tea cozy–crikey! Whoever did the design work on this needs paddled with a cricket bat. Unacceptable to this WASP! I hope these design flaws are a one time thing with this set and not a sign of things to come with OG.