Friday, July 26, 2013

A Tribute to Beatrix Potter

This Sunday, July 28th, will be Beatrix Potter's 147th Birthday.  Happy Birthday, Beatrix! What could be more fitting than a Jemima Puddle-Duck Birthday Cake to honor the special occasion!

[Photo courtesy of Whipped Bakeshop]

I wonder how many baby nurseries have been decorated with Beatrix Potter's animal characters. Do you suppose Prince George has any in his nursery? 

Countless baby showers, children's birthday parties, and even tea parties have had themes centered around Beatrix Potter's work.  Invitations, party supplies, and favors are available for carrying out a detailed Beatrix Potter theme.

In 2010, a friend planned the fun Beatrix Potter themed tea party pictured below.
Beautiful tablescape.

Soup Course.  Wouldn't Peter Rabbit have enjoyed this?  Looking at this photo I hear my mother's voice from my childhood saying, "Eat your carrots!  You've never seen a rabbit wearing glasses, have you?"   How many of you have similar recollections?  ;-)

Scone Course

Main Entree - Salmon in Puff Pastry

Dessert Course - Pound Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce

Charming lady who portrayed Beatrix Potter, and shared highlights from her life.

I must confess I don't own a single piece of Wedgwood China depicting Beatrix Potter's animal characters, nor do I have any figurines.  I think I might have to remedy that!

But I do have some of her books...

And the Beatrix Potter Journal that was published in 2006.  

I also have the Miss Potter DVD.  I think I'll have to watch it again over the weekend in honor of Beatrix!

Great tea scene in the movie, with Renee Zellweger portraying Beatrix Potter.

On a 2001 Globus Tour of England, Scotland, and Wales, we stopped at the quaint District of Grasmere in the Lake District, in Cumbria, England.  The photo below is the Beatrix Potter gift shop where I bought items for my grandchildren. Unfortunately, her house wasn't part of the tour. I would love to return someday to see it.

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farmhouse.

[Photo Credit:  Itsepainen] 

I don't normally post on Saturdays, but tomorrow will be a continuing post on the life of Beatrix Potter, so please come back!


  1. Oh, how fun! I love the idea of doing a Beatrix Potter themed tea!

  2. What a wonderful post! I LOVE Beatrix Potter, her amusing tales and her gorgeous illustrations. One of my favorite artists of all time. I hope to see her farmhouse someday, too. BP themed teas are very sweet. I do have some of the Peter Rabbit children's china, and my kids would use those pieces to join me for a tea party when they were little. Someday we will do the same with grandchildren. We made Cambric tea for them. ( Mostly warm milk, with just a splash of tea for color and a little spoonful of sugar.)
    PS- The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (Or the roly poly pudding) is one of my top four favorite BP tales.

  3. I'm a Beatrix Potter fan, I have several Christmas ornaments featuring her characters, and a bowl that all three of my children used. I need to rent that movie, I'm sure I would enjoy it! Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter!

  4. Such a cute cake topper! I love the Beatrix characters.

  5. What a lovely tea! How very special! I still enjoy the Beatrix story books and all the cute pictures. I rented the movie but think I should buy a copy!

  6. Phyll, I have one Wedgwood china plate with Peter Rabbit on it plus a set of books. I enjoyed the movie and have viewed it a couple of times.

  7. A lovely tea, a theme is always so much fun. Our girls had bowls and cups with BP figures on them and we used to have some of the books for bedtime reading.


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