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L'Atelier de Claire (50 photos)


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With three daughters, we love planning birthday parties! Each year, we do one "big" party, and this year it was our eldest daughter, Claire's, turn to have a special soiree. Claire chose a "Pink Poodle in Paris Party" for her birthday on 11-12-11.

With some planning and input from a variety of talented friends and vendors, we transformed a charming cottage in downtown Crabapple (a suburb of Atlanta) into a French "Atelier," or "artist's attic." Appropriately enough, it was named, "L'Atelier de Claire."

Ten guests, ranging in age from 7-10 years old, arrived on a brisk Saturday afternoon in November to enjoy authentic Parisian confections, sample Pink Poodle in Paris punch, paint customized canvases featuring the Eiffel Tower, enjoy each other's company, and learn some French phrases that they transcribed into their personalized "passports."

The scent of Parisian sweets wafed through the air, as did French music by artists such as Madelyn Peyroux. Candles warmed the room on an otherwise chilly day, and the sounds of laughter filled the Atelier.

Favors included personalized artist smocks, berets, paintbrushes and the canvas artwork they created. Customized thank you cards, printed accordian style, were produced using images from the event, and were printed at

Party vendors included the following:

Paper Products - PaperCandee (

Decorations - Shop Sweet Lulu (

Photography - Blencoe and Company Photographic Arts (

Wall Decals - Urban Expressions (

Cupcakes - Jillian's Cupcakery (

Canvas Artwork - Just for Giggles Gallery (

Signage - VistaPrint (

Through the collective work of a variety of folks, we were able to make this Parisian party fresh and new, and a wonderful time was had by all, especially the birthday girl!

(All photos were taken by Ashley Blencoe, owner and founder of Blencoe and Co, Photographic Arts in Atlanta, GA.)

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