Review of the Wellie Wishers Festive Gingerbread House Set

Yes, I do realize Christmas is already done and dusted, but I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to review this anyhow, just in case someone sees it on sale in the coming months.  It’s a very nice little set, and I just happened to get it when it was on sale for $18 instead of the regular price of $24.  Plus, free shipping on Wellie Wishers goodies!  (I wonder how long that is going to continue for?)

In all honesty, the set is basically a scaled down re-release of the Sugar and Spice Baking set.  I think someone at American Girl has realized that smaller, more reasonably priced sets sell better overall.  The Sugar and Spice Baking set retailed for $58, and I looked at it several times, but just couldn’t make the jump for that price.  Yes, it did have more pieces, but they were items that were expendable in my opinion.

One thing I do like with the new packaging is how the items are in a single bag with dividers.  Less likely to lose something, or worse yet, have it stolen because it’s an in demand item.

The house itself is really cute, and very detailed.  My only complaint is I would have liked the plastic to have had a matte finish, much more like a real gingerbread house.

The frosting bag is so cute!! It’s squishy too, so it will be easy to position on doll hands for realistic photos.

Two jars of sprinkles to decorate with as well.  I have another one of these floating around somewhere, I think I need to do a spice jar project in the not so distant future…

And of course, candy canes!  The candy canes are not removable from the box, but in this case, I agree with that decision.  Can you imagine stepping on one of those?  Or the dog finding it and eating it???

Overall, I think this is a very cute set, and I like the fact that American Girl decided to release it again at a new price point, with fewer items.  Definitely worth picking up, especially if you frequently do Christmas scenes.  The scale is still the same too, so it would work for either 18 inch or the smaller scale Wellie Wishers and similar dolls.  This was a set that I thought was a necessity for my collection, perhaps the girls will have a holiday scene in the bakery?

 

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Review of the American Girl Pie Baking Set

When the recent new releases came out, only a few things jumped out at me as must haves.  It didn’t take me long to order the Pie Baking Set, and luckily for me, I had a rewards coupon to use towards it and a few other things I ordered.  I’m glad I didn’t pay full price because I have somewhat mixed feelings about this set.

Here is everything out of the box.  I do like the way they packaged the accessories, it seems like it would reduce the chances of anything coming up missing or stolen, especially for the sets sold in stores outside of American Girl.  I especially love the little plates with the autumnal design and the can of whipped cream.  The top of the whipped cream container is flexible too, although I’m not quite sure how you’d get a doll finger to work it… 😉

Here is the pumpkin pie out of the dish:

 

And a different view of the apple:

I think the pies look somewhat realistic, but the scale seems large to me.  One thing that I thought sounded cool was that you could take the pies apart and change the toppings, so you could have crust on your pumpkin pie and whipped cream on your apple pie.  Everyone likes choices!

I will admit though, I was a bit disappointed in what the pieces looked like once separated.  You can’t leave the crust or whipped cream off or it looks weird.

I decided to show a few comparison photos of the pies with a handmade cake I have in my collection.

See what I mean?  I’ve always thought these cake replicas were perfect in their proportions, but since when is a piece of pie as tall as a double layer cake????

To sum up my review on this set, I think it’s cute, but I would only give it a B rating.  I’m not a huge fan of American Girl food items because of scale issues, and this is a perfect example.  My other complaint is that the pie pieces don’t lock together securely, so one bump the wrong way and your crust slides off your slice of pie!  The set could use a little work, and I couldn’t help but thinking that it really seemed much more like a Bitty Baby set instead of an American Girl item.   The price was reasonable enough on it though, so I’ll keep it, especially since it fits in with our bakery set.

My disappoinment didn’t stop the girls from wanting to taste it though! 😉

Newberry Café Set

I’ve seen several different sets by Newberry on various blogs I follow, and I have to admit I was a bit envious.  Newberry doll items were only available in Canada.  But that changed recently, and Kmart has now started selling them in the US, YAY!  While in a nearby Kmart, I found this set:

And out of the box:

You do have to be very careful taking the menu board out as it’s holding the parts for the table in place, but it will come out so you can reuse it.

You get a nice apron, I just wish it didn’t say Newberry on it.  I’ll have to fix that!

Four coffee cups.  They are a little bit big, but not horrible.

A tall table which has to be assembled.  I’m tempted to find a dowel rod the same diameter and cut it down and paint it so I can use this as a normal height table as well.

A cake stand.  LOVE this piece as it’s the right size for most all of my gorgeous cakes I’ve picked up on Etsy!

Six cupcakes, a little bit big also, but not completely unbelievable.

French bread!

And these enormous donuts!  Not sure what they were thinking there, but the girls have decided to start a new trend.  Remember those giant chocolate chip cookies you used to buy at the mall all decorated for special occasions?  Well, we are selling birthday donuts!

The coffee machine and cash register both make sounds when you press the buttons.  Very cool, and I like the cups that came with the coffee machine.

The case is nice, but one thing I didn’t like is that they have a zillion holes punched in the shelves.  They used those to hook all the items in place for packaging.  I’m hoping I still have some of that fun cupcake design paper that I can cover them with.  If not, a solid color or basic pattern will work too.  Two shelves you can see from the front but there is also ample storage on the bottom for additional items such as boxes, bags, extra pastries.

Overall, I think this is an awesome set and will go great in my bakery set up.  A fantastic set for anyone who perhaps wanted Grace’s Bakery, but didn’t want to spend $500.  I paid $40 for this set, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you can frequently get it online now for less.  I give this set a B+, and only because of the weird sized accessories.

“Can I help you ma’am?  The cupcakes are delicious!”

Wait a second…who is that?  Stay tuned! 😉