Family Valentine’s Party | Halcyon | Alpharetta, GA | 02/12/2022

This was my first visit to Halcyon, and I now wish I lived in Alpharetta so that I could attend practically every event they do.

Parking was considerably easier than anticipated. A parking garage is located across the street from the event site. There was plenty of parking space available. We arrived on the fourth floor and headed down the stairwell. Taking the elevator was also an option. It was also convenient that they had a couple of people directing traffic there. Oh, and PARKING IS FREE!

We followed the crowd as they led us towards the busy party area. A lovely lady greeted us and handed us some adorable event brochures shown above. I wish there was also a map included.

We decided to start with Mickey and Minnie, who were posing for photos from 12:30 until 2:30pm. The line was long, but it moved quickly. It was good that there was a lady assisting you with snapping shots with your own phone.

It was also wonderful that while I was holding our place in line, my brother took my baby to play in the sandbox, which was packed of kids and grownups having a good time.

He also had the opportunity to play in the ball arena, which was quite dangerous. Children can be rough, and they were kicking balls in the faces of children by accident, and some would purposely kick them out of the area, hitting people standing in line nearby.

At one time, I was smacked in the face while standing outside watching my child.

On the back of the pamphlet, there was a list of shops in the vicinity that were running offers.

We stopped by Holmes Slice, a pizza restaurant, to purchase a box of pizza baked from scratch and cooked in a wood-burning oven.

I appreciated how they asked for my phone number so they could text me when the pizza was ready.

The wait was only approximately 10 to 15 minutes long. The pizza was delicious! There was only one slice left in the box when we finished.

On-site, there was a FREE photo booth, which was fantastic!

Both inside and outside of the small trailer, there was a setup. We began by capturing shots with our mobile phones on the setup outside. We were assisted by a lovely lady in line. Then we were ushered inside, where a worker snapped photos of us with our own devices before we gazed into the box to pose for photos as the timer counted down, just like a standard photo booth.

On our way to the puppy play area, we stopped by “It’s A Sweet Life’s” cart for some chocolate coated oreos and red velvet cake.

I can say one thing about this event: there were dogs EVERYWHERE. That day, around one-third of the population was made up of dogs, haha. They were all nice to see too.

The event was enjoyable. I’d love to return to Halcyon whenever possible! There’s so much we haven’t done, so many shops and locations we haven’t yet seen. Hopefully, the next event will have a map so I can make more direct stops or I will personally have more time to explore.

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Family Movie Night at Home | Checklist | Valentine’s Day | 2022

Essentials

1. Plush Pajamas

Spend some time lounging about in an extremely comfortable fabric.

2. Put on Your Red Fuzzy Socks

Relax in socks that are the most comfortable for your feet.

3. Red Heart Valentine’s Day Head Bopper

Make a statement this Valentine’s Day with a colorful and charming head bopper!

4. A Warm Blanket

Using a faux fur blanket is the perfect way to cover yourself up and keep warm.

5. Candles

They have a calming effect and make everything smell nice.

6. A Portable Heater

A space heater can help you stay warm in your home theater.

7. Red and Pink Serving Bowls

They are great for serving popcorn, chips, dips, candy, and so on.

8. Popcorn Buckets

You may either keep your popcorn in a bowl or pour it into a popcorn bucket that looks like the ones you’d get at the movie theatre.

9. Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straws

With a Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straw in a drink, your Valentine’s Day party tableware will be complete!

10. White Plastic Cake Stand

Cookies, cupcakes, and party favors look lovely displayed on this beautiful cake stand.

11. Red Heart-Shaped Paper Lunch Napkins

With the proper on-theme lunch napkins, you can create your dream table.

12. Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates

On some Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates, serve guests a plateful of love!

13. Food

Get your favorite restaurants’ meals delivered to your door. That means you can continue to lie in your pajamas.

14. Popcorn

Consider investing in a popcorn maker. Many people believe that popcorn prepared in a popcorn maker tastes better than microwave popcorn.

15. Cake or Cupcakes

Roses are red, violets are blue, a valentine’s day cake or cupcakes can express “I love you!”

16. Ice Cream

Grab a bowl or a cone and go to eating!

17. Cookies

There are so many different flavors to try!

18. Candy

Make sure you have chocolates, peanuts, fruit-flavored pieces, and gummies.

19. Heart-Shaped Box of Assorted Fine Chocolates

This box of chocolates can be included in a Valentine’s Day gift basket or enjoyed with your loved one on the special day.

20. Bright Pink Chocolate Coins

To add a splash of color to your candy buffet, place candy coins in clear containers.

21. Beverages

You’ve got the popcorn and the sweets; now you just need something to wash it all down. Whatever you’re drinking, a set of tumblers will keep it cool for the rest of the movie.

22. LED Lights

A simple LED light strip that attaches to the back of your tv may truly make your home theater stand out. The light helps to lessen eye strain by removing the need for your eyes to adjust between the dark surroundings and the screen.

23. Fairy Lights

You’ll want to keep the lights low to simulate being in a movie theater, but you’ll still need some light so you can always find the popcorn bowl.

24. Red & Pink Heart Hanging Decorations

Arrange them level or staggered on a wall to create a stunning photo backdrop.

25. Valentine’s Day Plastic Table Cover

With a themed tablecloth, you can lay the groundwork for your table.

26. Red Heart Centerpiece

This Valentine’s Day, add a heart centerpiece to your table decorations!

27. Red Heart Gem Plastic Table Scatter

Scatter them across any surface to decorate or use them to spice up a bouquet or table centerpiece in a vase.

28. Happy Valentine’s Day Vinyl Cling Decals

With some vinyl decals, create a charming Valentine’s Day window display.


Movies

Shrek (2001)

Despite a rocky start for Shrek and Fiona, it appears that the ogre and princess aren’t so dissimilar after all. Shrek embarks on a quest (aided by his “noble steed” Donkey) to bring Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad in exchange for the grouchy king removing Shrek’s fairy tale pals from his swamp. When it’s all said and done, the narcissistic king plans to marry Fiona. However, her new friendships—along with a significant secret—threatened to derail the plan. Love appears to strike when you least expect it. It is rated PG-13.

Up (1998)

Love is loss, and the first few minutes of this Pixar classic impart that lesson in the most succinct and heartbreaking way conceivable. The rest of the film is filled with floating balloon houses, talking dogs, and too enthusiastic Wilderness Explorers.

WALL-E (2008)

Robots, too, have hearts. WALL-E has been tasked with cleaning up the massive rubbish strewn across Earth after the planet was abandoned. He goes about his business until one day he meets EVE, another robot sent to discover if there was life on Earth again. WALL-E stays committed to his love and protects EVE even when she becomes unresponsive.

Tangled (2010)

Rapunzel has been imprisoned in a tower, living alone with her mother, who guards her from the perils of the outside world. However, a fortunate encounter with a thief allows her to explore the world beyond the tower and discover the sky full of lights that she is captivated to. Along the road, she might even fall in love.

Trolls (2016)

You will enjoy seeing a gang of candy-colored trolls embark on a fantastic, musical trip.

UglyDolls (2019)

As the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be a little different, they teach the most essential love lesson of all: how to love yourself.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

When you combine a charming singing, dutiful daughter with an ogre cursed for his bad behavior, you have a timeless love story. Belle will go to any length to help her father, including taking his place when he is imprisoned for trespassing. But all is not as it appears, and maybe, just maybe, the Beast will find his heart after all.

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a wonderful love story that also emphasizes the necessity of being loyal to oneself. While Aladdin fell in love with Jasmine, he knew she had to marry a prince, so when he was offered the opportunity to cash in on some genie wishes, he decided to become what he felt Jasmine desired. But the reality was that she preferred the real Aladdin to the phony Prince Ali Ababwa.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Every scene (and chapter) in Hazel and Gus’ love story has teenagers swooning, sobbing, and everything in between. Curiosity strikes when the two teenage cancer sufferers meet at a support group, and before you know it, they’re inseparable.

Enchanted (2007)

A cruel queen banishes Giselle from her storybook world, leaving her stranded in Manhattan. But when Giselle falls in love with a charmingly imperfect divorce lawyer who comes to her rescue – despite the fact that she is already engaged to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she wonders if a storybook perspective of romance can survive in the real world.

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Dr. Lily Houghton and wisecracking captain Frank Wolff partner up for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a raucous trip down the Amazon in search of an ancient tree with medicinal powers. Secrets of the forgotten tree emerge amid danger and mystical forces hiding in the bush, as their fate—and that of mankind—hangs in the balance.

Aladdin (2019)

In this entertaining remake of Aladdin, the original animated Disney film is given the live-action makeover.

Clifford The Big Red Dog (2021)

Is there any love stronger than the one a youngster has for their dog? In this live-action version of the popular cartoon, follow Emily and Clifford on their adventures.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

A selfish Prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life until he learns to love a beautiful young woman that he holds captive.


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Lunch Date with My Little Cupid | The Melting Pot | Atlanta, GA

The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant, offering a range of fondue cooking styles as well as distinctive meals, salads, and amazing desserts.

It was simple to find parking because it was immediately close to the restaurant. The parking fee was ten dollars.

I booked reservations at 3pm and arrived around 10 minutes late, but they still weren’t ready for us. We had to wait around 10 minutes longer for a table to be cleared and cleaned.

There wasn’t much seating available near the front entry, but there weren’t many people there anyway.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I dined with my baby and cousin on a three-course fondue feast.

Our server greeted us and asked whether it was our first visit to the restaurant, which it was. The menu was a little perplexing, but he went on to break down what we were looking at on the menu so we could grasp it better.

There were three menus: the holiday special, the normal menu, and the kid’s menu were all available.

I noted that the kid’s menu didn’t really seem… childish. There were mostly only meat and seafood selections. My toddler doesn’t really eat any of it, so I inquired if they had any fries available; they did not.

The Melting Pot presented an incredible, participatory dining experience that converted moments into memories from the minute the first piece of bread was dipped into our cheese fondue.

Our server began by bringing us our drinks. I ordered a sweet tea, which is a popular drink known for being “hit or miss” in terms of sweetness. I had no complaints. My cousin ordered a water with lemon and I ordered my baby an apple juice that came in a cup with a lid and straw.

We were asked what style of cheese fondue we preferred because we were there for the Valentine’s Day special. It took us a minute to decide, but our server, whose name I wish I remembered, was really patient. I then inquired which option he would suggest, and he suggested that the cheddar cheese was the standard and most popular choice. That’s what we got.

Our cheese fondue was provided with bread, vegetables, and fruit on the side. I never thought about dipping a green apple in melted cheese, hehe. It tasted strange.

Then we had to decide which salad we wanted. We both ordered Caesar salads. It was served with no additional dressing to be added. I only like ranch on my salad so I waited to eat mine until I could request some to be brought to the table.

We were then asked what kind of chocolate we preferred. We went with the traditional milk chocolate.

It was my absolute favorite part of our lunch. I honestly believed the chocolate fondue order only included a side of strawberries. However, oh my goodness! Strawberries, bananas, brownies, marshmallows, cake slices, and waffle pieces were included. It was incredible! The warm melted chocolate was delicious.

We chose our favorite cheese fondue, salad, entrée, and chocolate for the 4-Course Experience, then prepared our food and savored sauces to enhance the flavor in every bite.

The “Melt Your Heart Petite EntrĂ©e” was an optional addition to the Valentine’s Day event special. It appeared to be a little taster lunch. It came with three pieces of chicken, three shrimp, and three pieces of steak. Some extras were also included, such as potatoes and broccoli, as well as a small selection of different sauces to try.

Instructions with appropriate cooking times for each item were supplied, as well as a disclosure regarding cooking safety at the table and how to avoid cross contamination.

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Valentine’s Day Events for The Family in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Atlanta with a lunch date, a party, movies, and more.

Lunch Date with Your Little Cupid

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: The Melting Pot
Location: All four Atlanta-area Melting Pot locations (Atlanta, Duluth, Kennesaw and Roswell)
Prices: $19 for children 12 and under, $29 for ages 13+
Reservations: Space is limited – make your reservation today!

Treat your little cupid to a wonderful treat to show how much you love them! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, you and your little heartthrob can dine on a three-course fondue feast. What makes this deal even more enticing? If you bring a nurse or healthcare professional, you can enjoy ENDLESS Chocolate Fondue to make THEIR day!

CUPID’S THREE-COURSE MENU INCLUDES:

FORGET-ME-NOT CHEESE FONDUE 
Creamy cheese fondue to share. Your choice of Classic Cheddar, Classic Alpine, Spinach and Artichoke, Fiesta or Wisconsin Trio cheese.

SWEETHEART SALAD

Your choice of our fresh Caesar, California or Melting Pot House Salad.

CUPID CHOCOLATE 
The perfect ending to this culinary journey.  Your choice of any of our chocolate fondues to share.

  • You can add a “Melt Your Heart Petite EntrĂ©e” for the discounted price of $20 per person.

Family Valentine’s Party

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Halcyon
Location: 6365 Halcyon Way Alpharetta, GA 30005
Prices: Free event; some activities extra.
Reservations: No pre-registration needed.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family at Halcyon. Enjoy brunch or lunch in the Market Hall or one of their restaurants, then join everyone on the Village Green for a live performance, meet Minnie and Mickey, visit the Furkids puppy kissing booth, make crafts, and much more.

  • Live Performance by Pop Violinist Michelle Winters (a Halcyon family favorite!)
  • Meet and Greet with Minnie and Mickey (12:30pm – 2:30pm)
  • Furkids Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Valentine crafts with Board & Brush, Buff City Soap and more (extra fee)

Valentine’s Day Drive-In

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022
Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Lawrenceville Depot District
Location: 400 N Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Prices: Free event.
Reservations: Registration information will be announced on Monday prior to the event date. Registration for Happy Feet will be LIVE at 8 AM on February 7th. Registration for Funny Face will be LIVE at 3 PM on February 7th.

There’s a lot of love in the air! Bring your girlfriends, family, or a special someone to the Depot District in Downtown Lawrenceville for a Valentine’s Drive-In Double Feature, which includes Happy Feet and Funny Face. There will be food trucks on-site selling convenient delights.