One of the most exciting things that happened to us last year was being asked to become part of the GLTC testing team. We seriously have one of the best jobs in the world! GLTC is one of our favourite children’s retailers and has been since we discovered them way back when Ella was a newborn. I’ve been itching to do a tour of Ella’s room for the last few months and will hopefully get round to it before baby number two arrives this summer, but the first thing that anyone who is familiar with GLTC will notice is just how much GLTC furniture and toys there are in her room, like the lovely Potter Library Table, the Kimi Table and Stools, the Wigwam and far too many lovely wooden toys to mention. In fact, I’m pretty sure it would do a good job as a set for one of their lovely shoots if they ever needed a location at the last minute!
One of the very first things that we were lucky enough to test in our new GLTC testing team roles was the beautiful Sweet Pea Kitchen which is one of their best selling children’s kitchens, and has only recently come back into stock following Christmas (yes, they are that popular!). Before we became part of the testing team, the husband and I had actually debated between getting Ella a GLTC kitchen or one of their lovely handcrafted dolls houses for Christmas. After much deliberation and even contemplation of getting her both because they were both just too lovely to choose between, we decided on the kitchen, and after much more deliberation we finally picked the Sweet Pea Kitchen from the amazing range of play kitchens that they make.
One of the most magical moments of our entire Christmas was the moment that Ella discovered her Sweet Pea Kitchen hidden and waiting for her in our kitchen after we’d opened all our presents under the tree. It was one of those moments that money can’t buy. It made her Christmas and ours, and I’m so glad that we caught it on film to treasure forever. Since then, her Sweet Pea Kitchen has become one of her absolute favourite toys, and ours too. I can tell already that it will be one of those treasured toys that will stay in our family for a very long time.
We decided early on that the Sweet Pea Kitchen would live in our kitchen rather than in the little lady’s already rather full room. Because besides the space challenge, we actually thought it would be quite nice for her to have a large toy that she could play with in our kitchen by herself and with little friends as we tend to spend quite a lot of our time in there as a family and entertaining when we have guests around. Since moving into our new house last spring, we have found that our living room is seldom used and our kitchen and dining room are very much the heart of the house. Plus, there is also something quite nice about her role-playing and cooking in her kitchen when we are cooking in ours.
Since then it has been the most popular toy with the little lady, as well as with all her little friends that visit us. But then it’s so pretty, fun and ridiculously realistic that you cant help but want to play with it if you’re a little person. The attention to detail, the love and care that has gone into the design and crafting of this kitchen is astounding. I love its intricate and delicate design, alongside its pretty candy pink and vintage blue palette that wooed me from the moment I saw them, and so does Ella, a little girl that despite her love for boyish things like Marvel Avengers loves anything that comes in pink!
The Sweet Pea Kitchen is the perfect size for two little ones, maybe even three or four and has everything you would expect to see in a full size grown up kitchen including a washing machine, a fridge, an oven a microwave, a hob and of course oodles of storage. The amount of thought that has gone into each of these features is clear to see, with beautiful floral motifs on dials and cupboards, little hooks above the hob for hanging utensils on, a clock with hands that turn so you can change the time and even a little rail for a tea towel! There is so much to do and play with in the kitchen that it keeps little ones entertained and happy for very long time.
GLTC describe this kitchen as being suitable for 3 – 6 year olds, but Ella was 2.5 at Christmas when she received it and it feels like she is the perfect age for it. She has been able to independently use and play with it and she is the perfect size and height for it too. Her little guests have ranged from 2 – 6 years old and they’ve all equally enjoyed and played with it so I can definitely see her growing with the kitchen over the coming years. Its even more exciting to think that in a few years she’ll have a little sibling that can enjoy and play with it with her too.
One of the things that the husband and I also deliberated before Christmas was whether to pre-assemble the Sweet Pea Kitchen ready for the little lady to find and play in the morning, with or leave it in the box and do it on the day. In the end we decided it would be much more magical for her to find a kitchen rather than a box, but it wouldn’t have taken long to put up on the day if we had decided the other way. The husband put it together late on Christmas eve after the little one had gone to bed and it was relatively straight forward to do, although probably would have been quicker if he’d have used an electric drill rather than the allen key that came with it. But then it was so easy to put together I think I could have probably have done it!
The Sweet Pea Kitchen is one of many lovely play kitchens that GLTC make themselves and retails at £160. It is one of the larger kitchens in their play kitchen range and is well worth every penny for the quality and detail that has gone into it. It’s also a great size if you have more than one child, however, there also some equally lovely smaller kitchens in their range like the Sugar Cube play kitchen which I adore that retails at £95 and the fun retro Brighton play kitchen which retails at £130. We love our Sweet Pea Kitchen and would definitely recommend it or one of the other play kitchens in the GLTC play kitchen range if you are looking for a beautiful high quality kitchen that will stand the test of time. You can watch the little video we made of our Sweet Pea Kitchen and see for yourself!
Disclosure; we were very kindly sent the GLTC Sweet Pea Kitchen to review as part of our role in the GLTC Testing Team. We have lots of fun in what we think is one of the best jobs in the world, but we also take our role and responsibility very seriously which means you will always find a fair review and honest opinion of everything we test for GLTC.