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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