Don’t kiss off Valentine’s Day

Making your love’s heart flutter and pulse quicken are often not easy tasks. On Valentine’s Day the stakes are higher and making the day or night a success requires careful thought and planning. The day of love, Feb. 14, is right around the corner; to help those short on ideas we’ve compiled a list of an assortment of things to do. Book early as many venues are limiting reservations and expect to sell out.

Cupid’s Ball
The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant is the site for this dance event Feb. 11 beginning at 8 p.m. Food, drinks and plenty of music are features of this ball. No cover. The restaurant is located at 3829 Clairmont Ave., Atlanta.

Joe Gransden’s Valentine’s Quintet
Joe Gransden’s band will perform “seductive sounds of Sinatra, Bennett, Connick and more” on Feb. 12 at Napoleon’s in Decatur. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Gransden has a worldwide reputation and has released 16 CDs. Napoleon’s is located at 2836 Lavista Road. Tickets $28.51 available through Freshtix.com.

Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip
Couples can create something colorful while enjoying libations at this Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip. The two-hour sip and paint session includes live poetry. “We will be painting Valentine’s themed art,” states the event’s website. Event begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at 1781 Columbia Drive, Decatur. For tickets ($20-$80), go to Eventbrite.com and search for the event.

Kids Valentine’s Day Party
Don’t forget about the younger set. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 children 4 to 12 are invited to take part in a youth Valentine’s party while parents can enjoy a night out. At the party, children can create, dance, play games and eat dinner. Tickets $15 per child and can be secured through Eventbrite.com. Presented by MBS Love Inc. and website states “experienced childcare providers” will be supervising. Questions can be emailed to mbsloveinc@gmail.com.

The Ultimate Black Sip and Shop
The Ultimate Black Sip and Shop at the New Black Wall Street Market in Stonecrest is set for Feb. 12 and 13.
This event is billed as celebrating “Black love and social economics.”
“Lovers and friends can enjoy shopping for the perfect valentines’ gifts, while sampling delicious black owned beers, wines and spirits from across the country.” Food and dessert options are available in the food court. Music, wine tastings, cigar pairings and giveaways are also highlights of this event. Takes places from 3 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 2 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 13. The market is located at 8109 Mall Parkway. For more information, go to newblackwallstreetmarket.com.

Southern Soul and R&B Happy Valentines Day Dance
Dance, dance, dance at the Southern Soul and R&B Happy Valentines Day Dance from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Atrium, 5479 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. Live performances by Donnie Ray, J Cenae, Sir Duke and The GG’s. Tickets are $50-$95 and are available at Eventbrite.com.

Lovebirds Valentine’s Day Bird Walk
Birds have a number of ways they show affection–singing songs, dancing, showing off their colors. Head to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Valentine’s Day weekend for a closer look at these animals. “Did you know some birds mate for life? One of our knowledgeable naturalists will be here to teach you all about it at this family friendly bird walk.” The bird walk takes place from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Cost $10 for nonmembers, free for nature center members with code wildlife21. To register, go to Dunwoody Nature Center (etapestry.com)

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