Plan The Perfect Beatrix Potter Party

The world of Beatrix Potter has been around since the early 1900s, and has grown in popularity over the years that followed. Her anthropomorphised animal characters are well-loved by children all over the world, from the naughty little Peter Rabbit to the unfortunate Jemima Puddle-Duck. Potter’s continuing favour among families can be seen in the extensive range of merchandise depicting Peter and Friends, including toys, tea sets, and clothing.

Anyone who has organised a party knows how stressful it can be, so here at For Reading Addicts we thought we would offer our help! Here are a few pointers for anyone thinking of organising a party for a child’s birthday, or even for Easter. From bunting to cakes, from table decorations to gifts, we have you covered…




The Decorations

Find your Beatrix Potter Party Garland here: 

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The Table Settings

Find your Beatrix Potter Coaster and Placemat Set here: 

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The Cupcakes

Find your Beatrix Potter Cupcake Kit here: 

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The Cupcake Stand

Find your Beatrix Potter Cupcake Stand here: 

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The Paper Plates

Find your Beatrix Potter Paper Plates here: 

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The Paper Cups

Find your Beatrix Potter Paper Cups here: 

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The Cake

Take some inspiration from these amazing cakes (via Pinterest)

The Gift

Find your Flopsy Bunny Egg Cup and Spoon Gift Set here: 

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Find your Peter Rabbit Egg Cup and Spoon Gift Set here: 

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Find your complete Beatrix Potter Book Collection here:

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Find your Peter Rabbit Jack-in-the-Box here:

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Find your Peter Rabbit Wedgwood Silver Music Box here:

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Lupita Nyong’o To Publish Her First Children’s Book

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Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o has added one more creative string to her bow by writing a children’s book.

Her professional life began in Hollywood as a production assistant and made her debut as an actress in 2008 with the short film East River and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga  from 2009. After her finding her feet in the acting world Nyong’o attained a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role in 12 Years a Slave, playing Patsey; her role in Steve McQueen’s historical drama won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The award was particularly significant as she became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.

Lupita Nyong’o grew up struggling with self-acceptance due to the attitudes of people around her, regarding her skin colour. Her darker complexion was often remarked upon by those around her, and at times she was compared to her lighter skinned sister. The journey to self-love was a difficult one, but eventually Lupita became the voice for young dark skinned people. Her Academy Award acceptance speech in 2014 saw her acknowledge her role as a sort of ambassador for self-love and strength of voice for those with a dark complexion.

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Where the Wild Things Are Creator, Maurice Sendak, Recalls the Best Fan Mail He Ever Received

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Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most popular children’s books ever written and writer/illustrator Maurice Sendak is rightly regarded as one of the finest children’s authors of all time. Sendak received a great deal of fan mail after the success of his books and, in this quote, he recalls the best fan mail he ever received which, despite his recognition, he regards as one of the highest compliments he’s ever had. Read More

Raymond Briggs Speaks About His Most Popular Books

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Raymond Briggs was born on the 18th of January 1934 in Surrey, England. Briggs created children’s classics such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman, among others. His passion for drawing came from an early age, and Briggs studied at Slade School of Fine Art, eventually becoming an illustrator for children’s story books. During the 1960s Raymond work as a professional illustrator, and began work on his own stories in the 1970s. In 2017 Briggs was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours for services to literature.

Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.

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Bloomsbury to Release House Editions of The Chamber of Secrets

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Last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, Bloomsbury released special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, four different editions, one for each of the Hogwarts Houses. The books were met with glee from fans, and sold so well that Bloomsbury has announced that the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, House Editions, are coming this year. Read More

4 Year Old Caleb Live Streams Reading His 100th Book

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4 year old Caleb Green has a great start to his life as a reader as he reaches his 100th book!

The little boy from Chicago told his parents of his goal to read 100 books so the family stocked up on stories he could read.  Caleb’s dad, Sylus Green, told WLS-TV “[I had a] gut reaction to talk him down a little bit but he was like, ‘No, I want to read 100.’”

Good job dad didn’t talk him out of it (why would you?!) because Caleb was overjoyed when he finished his set of ten books, reaching his goal of 100 at last. Caleb told local outlets of how much he loves reading, just like his sister.

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David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running

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David Walliams has broken quite a few records this year, and is celebrating quite the year in writing and has now become only the second ever author (the other being Jamie Oliver) to top the Christmas Book Charts in the UK for the second Christmas running.

That’s right, Bad Dad by David Walliams takes the top spot in the book charts for Christmas week, beating Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to take the top spot. Walliams Bad Dad has been a favourite with children, topping the Amazon wish list for children’s books, and selling more than 60,000 copies to date. Read More

Beatrix Potter Coins Are Rare and Collectable

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In 2016 the Royal Mint introduced the new Beatrix Potter 50 pence coins with three different sets of five: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and a special 150th anniversary coin.

The coins are currently ranking highly in the scarcity list based on the fact that not many people own them and they are in very high demand.

The coins are going for around £4 on eBay, and may only increase in value since they are not being produced any more. The Royal Mint is set to introduce new and exciting sets of coins, not for circulation, featuring COLOUR pictures of the beloved characters.

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Rowling Receives Honour from the Queen for Services to Literature

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2017 has been quite the year for J. K Rowling, in a writing career that in twenty years shows no signs of slowing down. This year has seen the Fantastic Beasts franchise explode, so much so that we’re still waiting for Lethal White, the latest in the Cormoran Strike series from her Robert Galbraith pseudonym. Now Rowling has been honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to literature too in a rare accolade that is surely the cherry on the pie for the much-loved author. Read More

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