The retail price for the Musical Tea Party Cart is quite high, currently it's on sale for around £49.99 although the RRP is a fair bit more. With such a high price tag we were keen to test it out properly and share our thoughts with you.
You have to construct the tea cart yourself and although the plastic feels a little on the thin side, once it has all been properly clipped together it seems fairly stable. Both Meg and Eli were leaning on the thinner sides during play and it didn't appear to bend under their weight.
As you can see from the photos, the cart comes with Mrs Potts, two tea cups (including the much loved Chip), a couple of tea spoons and one invitation to attend the tea party. The 'lazy Susan' part of the tea cart spins and sings 'Be Our Guest' when you press the rose on the side of the cart which absolutely delighted Meg and we have heard it time and again.
There are lots of different ways that children can engage with this toy. The first is, obviously, through holding their own little tea parties and each member of the family has had to duly attend one or more (including poor old Pepper!). Both Meg and Eli love to dress up and this gave them the excuse to have all sorts of characters round for a party.
Cinderella and Captain America make excellent tea party buddies!
The cart itself is fairly light and the wheels turn well making it easy for children to navigate and push around, even on carpeted floors.
I thought all the little detailing was brilliant, from the roses on the wheels to the heart design on the side of the cart and they really make the whole thing very authentic.
Of course all toys have their downsides and I would say that the tea cart's main one is the price. The RRP for this is £60 which I think is a lot for what you actually get. The cart is also quite bulky and doesn't fold down so you'll need somewhere to keep it when it's not in use as well.
However, we certainly enjoyed playing with the cart and I think for any child who is a fan of Beauty and the Beast then they would absolutely adore adding the tea cart to their toy collection. I can well imagine hours of fun will be had.
We were sent the Belle Musical Tea Party Cart for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are our own.