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Planning a Valentine’s Girls Night Out?

...and what are her friends doing this Valentine's Day?

...and what are her friends doing this Valentine's Day?

Suzanne Kirkland has big plans for Valentine’s Day this year.

She’s going to dress up in a 20s inspired frock, indulge in few glam nibbles at  Cupz & Cake at 1171 LaVista Rd., then head across the street to see “The Artist” at the UA Tara Cinemas 4 at 2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

All with a group of girlfriends.

“It’s a Tuesday. People still have to go to work the next day,” she reasoned.

Indeed, Valentine’s falls rather nonromantically mid-week this year, so instead of aiming for a lovey dovey couples night, how about getting the girls together for a fun outing that’s more “Bridesmaids” and less “The Notebook?”

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is featuring seasonal delicacies at tea time.

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is featuring seasonal delicacies at tea time.

If you and your lady friends want to go all Downton Abbey this Valentine’s Day season, consider taking tea at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

On Thursdays through Sundays through the big day, afternoon tea takes on a choc-tacular spirit with delicacies such as chocolate chip cherry scones, flourless chocolate brandy cherry cake, coconut chocolate frangipane and milk chocolate hazelnut torte. $34 per person.

If you decide to linger in the bar, dive into one of  mixologist Christa Sladky’s seasonal creations such as a martini made with cherry brandy, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and Stoli Vanil. 405825_2870393631548_1011078506_2890685_538088341_nAvailable through Feb. 14 for $14, we promise it will become your new love interest.

And if you find yourself there on a Saturday or Sunday, lucky you. The “Haute Chocolate” bar, featuring spicy dark chocolate, milk chocolate caramel or red berry dark chocolate, along with a host of signature toppings like house-made whipped cream and marshmallows, is open for business through Feb. 26. $10 per person.

If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy, Park Tavern is offering free ice skating on Valentine’s Day with the purchase of a $15 voucher for any food and drink purchase.

The voucher is good for that night or some other time, if a smoochy Valentine’s Day dinner isn’t your thing. See this web site for information.

Roses are red, ribbons are blue...

Roses are red, ribbons are blue...

If your crew is looking for some super casual fun, Cypress Street Pint and Plate plans a “Blackout Valentine’s Day” evening. Imagine sipping a $1 can of PBR by candlelight and you get the idea. Other specials include half-priced bottles of wine and specialty beer and donut pairings.

And if you and your pals have lots to celebrate and the means to do so extravagantly, the St. Regis Atlanta plans a Joie de Vivre Rare Rosé Champagne Tasting in the Wine Room, billed as “the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and celebrate the joys of life, no sweetheart required.”

The sumptuous event, hosted by Harry Constantinescu, the St. Regis Atlanta sommelier and wine director, includes tastings of rare rosé champagnes: NV Roederer Estate Brut Rose of Anderson Valley, NV Feuillate Brut Rose, 2002 Veuve Cliquot Rose, Krug “Grand Cuvee” Rose and Cristal Rose. It’s $250 per person including hors d’oeuvres, tax and gratuity. Call 404-563-7910 for information.

Do you have GNO Valentine’s plans this year? We’d love to hear how you and your gal pals are celebrating!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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2012

January 31st, 2012
4:14 pm

if i were in the city, i would def hang out with my mother at the ritz- that sounds pretty nice.