Fleet Week 2014 Makes a Return To Staten Island

Fleet Week 2014 Makes a Return To Staten Island . Staten Island Fleet Week was established in 1990 while the Stapleton Homeport was an active U.S. Naval Base. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1999.  At it’s inception we started as a  community based “Adopt-A-Sailor” program, which enabled local families to adopt crew-members for the day and treat them to either a home cooked meal, or visit the sites of New York City.

An all volunteer board and staff enable the group to fulfill their mission to provide recreation, morale and support the welfare of the visiting crew-members to the New York City area.  To date, close to 250 military ships have visited the Homeport site since 2000.  Fleet Week continues to bring in excess of 30,000 visitors to the event, not including the the crew-members and their families.  Fleet Week is an annual event which takes place each year during the Memorial Day holiday.

As a joint effort with the North Shore Business Association, to show our appreciation we provided complementary lunch to the men and women sailors of the  U.S Navy.  It was our pleasure giving back to the men and women who serve us. 










Wedding Toast Tips and Guidelines

Wedding Toast Tips And Guidelines

So you’re a groom on your wedding day. The reception plans have been made months ago, the ceremony ended an hour ago, and the stress you have had built up around this day since your engagement can finally be put aside and replaced with relaxation and good tidings with family and friends, right?

Sure…unless you forgot to prepare a toast for the reception.

Often an overlooked part of the wedding festivities, the toast can create feelings of laughter and warm nostalgia or create an awkwardness that your guests won’t soon forget.

Wedding toast

Well don’t fret, because here are a few tips to make things go much smoother.

  1. If you are not known to 50 percent of the assembled group, plan to briefly identify yourself and your relationship to the couple before you launch into the toast.
  2. Like a speech, a wedding toast has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Don’t plan to offer an impromptu wedding toast unless you’re very good at thinking on your feet. Instead, well before the wedding ceremony, write down your thoughts about the couple. What have people who love them said about their match? What occurs to you about their union? Do they have shared
  3. Identify and articulate positive qualities about the bride, the groom, and the two as a couple as you start to write the wedding toast. If you want to briefly walk down memory lane in your wedding toast, it’s ideal to choose a memory that involves both the bride and the groom. Was there anything unique in the way they met? Or their engagement? These can make interesting anecdotes.
  4. Essentially, the wedding toast you give should be warm, personal, and brief. If you are a stand-up comedian, insert jokes. If you are not, play it straight. While you may have the urge to entertain, keep in mind that to the bride and groom your words will be remembered forever.
  5. Stumped for what to say? The Internet is filled with great quotes that you can use to start off your speech or get inspiration from.
  6. Do not give a wedding toast if you’re drunk. Period. If the wedding toast is being recorded by a photographer or videographer, visit the restroom before you give the toast to straighten your hair and clothing.
  7. Other don’ts: Don’t mention previous girlfriends, boyfriends, or spouses in a wedding toast. Don’t talk about the cost of the wedding or wedding gifts. Don’t talk about future plans the couple may have confided to you. This includes pregnancy and children. And don’t make jokes about the honeymoon.
  8. Do end the wedding toast on a high and hopeful note. Express all the good wishes in the room for the new couple’s happy, healthy, prosperous future.
  9. Finally, ask the assembled group to join you in the wedding toast, lift your Champagne glass, and say, “To (name of bride) and (name of groom)….”
  10. Let everyone know the wedding toast is complete by adding your favorite clean down-the-hatch phrase, such as Cheers!



  1. Keep the wedding toast short, under five minutes.
  2. Focus on the couple, and face them when you toast. Avoid talking about your own marriage or relationship.
  3. Keep in mind that parents and older people will be present, so don’t work blue.
  4. Allow yourself time beforehand to rehearse the wedding toast. If you tend to get nervous in front of groups, it’s okay to read it from a card.
  5. Let your warmest feelings for the couple shine through.

A Party Outdoors? Yes, We Can!

Out door
One of the challenges of adulthood is not only finding the time in which to unwind and enjoy yourself with a little bit of fun, but also finding the perfect place in which to do it. There are a myriad of event halls and auditoriums in which you could have it at and be satisfied. But what about something completely different? A place that has more space than your average event hall, some of the best lighting (depending on time of day), and what amounts to the freshest air ever? Yes, we’re talking about having an outdoor party in Nature’s Backyard!
So how do you plan an outdoor event? If you think that it must be completely different from an indoor party,  you are partially correct. Outdoor party planning does require certain parameters to take into consideration, but they that are not all that different from an indoor party.
Location, theme, entertainment and fun are some of the things one must consider in order to have a successful outdoor party. First things first, though: make sure you check the extended weather report so that you don’t schedule it on rainy day. Now let’s go through the requirements for a successful party one-by-one, shall we?


Party Location
Location is one of the most important aspects of any endeavor and, as such, can make or break the party in question. The location of your party should be known to all who will be in attendance and easily found. How boring would it be to have a party fully staffed and stocked and you are the only one there because even though everyone has heard of “Stockton’s by the Bridge”, it is no where near a bridge and no one has been there before? So therefore, the location must be easily accessible, including via public transit, and widely known to everyone. To help those who may not know where or how to get to the party, including a map or directions in the invitation would help to alleviate most worries on getting there in time instead of driving around aimlessly with no idea of where to go.


Outdoor Party Themes A theme is something not to be taken too lightly when it comes to partying outdoors. Ever felt like you were over-dressed or perhaps under-dressed for the occasion you came for? Whether you’re having a backyard barbecue or a beach blanket bonanza, or even pretending to be at the beach or in the woods, it is best to include this on your invitation so that everyone attending will know what type of attire to wear. A nice desert isle on the beach theme or a Down Under on the Barby theme could get everyone in the right mood and attire to make the party dress appropriate. If need be, include on the invitation suggestion for what to wear (shorts, sandals, shades and sunscreen).


Fun Party GamesAnd now for the entertainment and fun parts, because what fun would a party be without music and good food? Depending on the theme, the food should partially reflect what you’re attempting to convey. Say, you’re throwing a Jamaican-themed party; the food could include barbecued jerk chicken and smoked tilapia with a cooler full of cans/bottles of Kola or various fruit juices such as papaya. The music should also accompany this line of thinking with some calypso or reggae music blasting in the speakers. If your budget should allow, have live entertainment either by a capable musician or by having karaoke with a multitude of songs that fit the theme. “Day-o” anyone?These are only some of the things that would go into making a smashingly successful great outdoor party. Whether it is a personal or business party, the outdoors setting can be a good thing for your planned party to go down as a success.

How To Throw an Old Fashion BBQ

Summertime is perfect for throwing an outdoor get-together with friends and family. It is also a good time to get to know your new neighbors or rekindle old friendships. Whether you are new to the neighborhood or have been there for years, follow these simple steps to plan and host a great BBQ shindig.


Things You’ll Need 

  • Grill 
  • Tables
  • Lawn chairs
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Invitations
  • Music
  • Lights
  • Games
  • Plates and flatware
  • Tableware



  • Clean your grill. If you don’t have a grill, purchase or borrow one. Make sure that you have enough charcoal or gas for the grill.
  • Gather tables and comfy chairs with cushions. You can always cover an ugly table with a decorative tablecloth.
  • Decide who you want to invite and send them BBQ themed invitations.
  • Clean off your deck or patio and mow the grass. Guests will feel more comfortable in a clutter-free environment.
  • Stock up on food for the party. The following are popular BBQ party foods and condiments: BBQ sauces, salads, vegetables, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, kabobs, coleslaw, buns, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream, watermelon, beer, iced tea, lemonade, water and soda. Also, don’t forget the ice.



  • Decorate your party space with BBQ themed decorations, such as Texas Cowboy BBQ, or Hawaiian Luau Party. Light decorative candles to add a special ambiance to a BBQ party that occurs in the evening.

  • Choose festive plates, cups, cutlery and napkins for dining outdoors.
  • Have the following on hand: an apron, BBQ tools (tongs, basting brush, spatula, prong fork, as needed) and a fire extinguisher.
  • Place party lights or patio lighting around your patio and backyard. When it comes dusk, the twinkle of lights will create the perfect atmosphere.
  • Understand that a BBQ is not a BBQ without some good tunes. Create a playlist of songs that celebrate summertime, good food and fun.




  • Grill the food you selected to barbecue. To grill vegetables, place them on a skewer and brush them with olive oil. Cook directly on the grill.

  • Liven up your party with some good, old-fashioned fun and games, such as horseshoes, and badminton. You will be amazed at the memories these games create.
  • Mingle with your guests and enjoy the party. Take pictures and share them with your friends after the event.


Here at chez vous, we also provide BBQ styled catering. If interested in having your backyard BBQ catered feel free to check out the menu below and give us a call today at (718)-720-0900.


BBQ Menus

#1 Choice of Two of the Following:

Tossed Salad
New Potato Salad
Three Bean Salad
Cold Pasta Primavera

Choice of Three of the Following:

Hot Dogs
BBQ Ribs
Marinated Grilled Chicken
Grilled Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Accompanied with Corn on the Cob

$18 per person

#2 Choice of Two of the Following:

Tossed Salad
Rice Salad
Tortellini Pesto Salad
String Beans and Potato Salad

Choice of Three of the Following:

Grilled Chicken Rollatini Florentine
Chicken and Vegetable Kebobs
Beef Spedini With Mozzarella and Bacon
Grilled Swordfish with Mango Chutney

Accompanied with Assorted Grilled Vegetables.

 $24 per person


Grilled Sirloin Steak or Grilled Salmon – $5 per person

Veal Spedini or Surf and Turf Kebobs – $7 per person

Popcorn – Pretzel – Hot Dog Cart – $125 each

Additional Entree Selections – add. $4 per person

Chef, Bartender, and Waiter Service – $120 – $160 (depending on location)

60″ Charcoal Grill – $100         60″ Propane Grill – $200

chez vous Catering Imagine: A Gala Preview Celebration at the Staten Island Museum

Tomorrow chez vous will be the caterers at the Imagine: A Gala Preview Celebration at the Staten Island Museum.

We will be serving a presentation table of international cheeses, charcuterie, vegetable crudités with drip and fresh fruit. Shrimp cocktail, sesame seed chicken, filet mignon on toast, Asian spring rolls, and strafed mushroom hors d’oeuvres.

For dinner, we will be serving caesar salad, filet minion and grilled salmon, accompanied by string beans au beurre, garlic mashed potatoes.



The gala will be held at their new home, Building A, on the ground of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York


The Staten Island Museum, which serves over 80,000 people each year, is realizing a dream 40 years in the making: the expansion to Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a nationally significant historic site that was saved from demolition through the leadership and efforts of Museum members in 1965.

In June 2011, the Museum broke ground and began the construction of a 21st century, fully climate-controlled museum facility, housed within the interior of a 19th century landmarked structure that had been built in 1879 to serve as a dormitory for “aged, worn out and retired seamen.”


For details on how to book chez vous please give us a call today at (718)-720-0900

FREE Wedding Planning Guideline

Our friends over at the Little Wedding Guide have set up a free, easy to follow guideline for planning your wedding.

According to the guide:

Generally speaking, different wedding planning tasks will fall into a timeline that you can of course adjust depending on your own schedule and needs. For most brides and grooms, choosing a wedding date and location is normally on the top of the wedding planning list, followed by choosing a wedding dress and thinking about the inital guest list. Attending a bridal show or two in the early stages is also a good idea. You can use the following plan to guide you through your own planning process. Most importantly, keep things simple, and enjoy the journey!

Everything from deciding on the perfect wedding dress,


to pointing you in the direction of the correct way to file name-change paperwork is covered in this guide.


The free wedding planning guideline is full of everything you will ever need to know regarding the planning of your special day, from buying the perfect engagement ring to planning the perfect honeymoon.

By following any guideline of this nature, you will ensure the smooth-sailing of your next wedding by hitting all the right notes.

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Wedding planner



1) Stress and sanity! Let’s face it, planning a wedding is hard work! A wedding planner will take on all the stress so you stay sane. Your planner will be the point of contact for all the various vendors and respond to the countless phone calls and emails. Planners are there to remember all the details and ask the right question so you get exactly what you want. Plus, a planner will be there on your big day to make sure everything runs according to plan so you can enjoy every minute.

2) Vendor relationships – Part of a planners job is to spend time researching and getting to know the best vendors out there. We plan multiple events at a time and have established relationships with vendors and refer clients constantly. A vendor is more likely to negotiate with a wedding planner since they are sure to refer continuously and give them repeat business. A bride by herself is a one time customer, but a planner is a repeat one.

3) Save money – Since planners have so many relationships with vendors, we are more likely to get a better savings for you. We also know what’s important and what is unnecessary so you don’t waste your money on things you don’t need. A planner has planned countless events and knows how to make it work the first time so you don’t have to worry about ordering the wrong table sizes with linens that don’t reach the floor, or order items that are already included in your venues price.

4) Mishaps – Let’s be honest, as much as you would like your day to run exactly as planned, it’s nearly impossible to make that happen without someone there to run the day. Who is going to make sure the vendors arrive on time, the tables are set according to your vision, the cake isn’t melting, the groom has his pants for his tuxedo, and the groomsmen are where they need to be? On your wedding day, you should be focusing on getting your hair done and putting on that beautiful gown, surrounded by friends and family, not on the phone talking to the DJ who can’t find the venue.

5) To stay the course — When you first get engaged, it’s so exciting and new, all of a sudden your primary focus is on everything “wedding”. From Pinterest to magazine after magazine, it’s all you can think about. Maybe you know exactly what you want, but are having a hard time putting the pieces together so you are spending every waking second trying to figure it out! Or if you are the opposite and have absolutely NO time to throw together a large scale event. Either way, it’s incredibly easy to get off track. A planner will be there with you guiding you through the rough spots and will make it easy for you to stay on the course to your big day.

6) A fresh perspective — Sometimes, all the well-meaning advice can get a little out of hand. You have everyone you know telling you something different about the way things “should” be at YOUR wedding. A planner will listen to YOUR vision and help you create what YOU want, not what your Aunt Matilda wants. Sometimes, advice from a friend is good, but advice from a planner is always great.

7) An experienced hand — A wedding planner has been there. Most people planning a wedding have never planned a large scale event and aren’t sure of how many moving parts there are to a wedding. A planner knows. There are countless details to ensure the entire day and evening run smoothly, if certain things aren’t tended to, it can create quite the mess to clean up. They also know what questions to ask your vendors so you can trust that everything will fit together properly.

8) Book-keeping — How many vendors do I have? What’s their email? What’s their phone? When is the contract due? What dates are the payments due? When is our next appointment? Who do I still need to book? When is my fitting? Keeping track of all these things is a difficult job. Let a planner do it for you.

9) Treat yourself — Most brides who hire a planner say they did it as a gift to themselves. They understand that planning a wedding is tough and stressful. Why put yourself through that if you don’t have to? Think of a wedding planner as a wedding gift to yourself.

10) They’ve got your back. Through the whole process, they are here for you. We will be at your side every step of the way and ensure that you walk down that isle looking as stunning as ever with a smile from ear to ear.


Have Your Perfect Garden Style Wedding

Nowadays, more and more city dwellers prefer to spend their holidays in the country. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are becoming increasingly more popular, such as beach wedding and garden wedding. Having a garden style wedding has become more and more popular, and are particularly adored by fans of fairy tales and romantic movies. It is because there is no comparison to the soft romantic touch offered by the greenery of the gardens and the awesome colored flowers. The actual gardens or the garden style weddings arranged outdoors make your wedding event very unique and beautiful, adorned with natural beauty all over. Then many brides-to-be will choose some casual garden wedding dres for them to prepare the garden wedding ceremony.

This tulle strapless A-line garden wedding dress features strapless sweetheart neckline, lavish applique accents, bodice with covered button back and soft skirt with sweep train.


This elaborate tulle A-line garden wedding gown features strapless sweetheart neckline, elegant applique accents, waistband adorned with hand-made flower and bow back and draped skirt with chapel train. The whole style is A-line which is very cute.


This organza A-line garden wedding dress with strapless sweetheart neckline and elegant applique accented the whole body is very gorgeous. Ruched bodice with covered button back and draped skirt with sweep train highlight the feature of elegance.


Mermaid wedding dress is really on trend these days. This tulle sweetheart strapless neckline mermaid wedding dress has the feature of ruched bodice with beading accents, covered button back, skirt with chapel train.


We provide catering options available if you are interested in doing a garden style wedding. Give us a call today for we can provide you with elegant catering and party rentals at inspiring prices. Phone number (718)-720-0900.

Imagine: A Gala Preview Celebration at the Staten Island Museum

Very exciting news, chez vous will be the caterers the  Imagine: A Gala Preview Celebration at the Staten Island Museum 

We will be serving a presentation table of international cheeses. charcuterie, vegetable crudités with drip and fresh fruit. Shrimp cocktail, sesame seed chicken, filet mignon on toast, Asian spring rolls, and strafed mushroom hors d’oeuvres.

For dinner, we will be serving caesar salad, filet minion and grilled salmon,  accompanied bystring beans au beurre, garlic mashed potatoes.




Saturday May 10,2014  | 6PM
To be held at their new home, Building A, on the ground of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York

Tickets are $200.00 per person, $1750.00 per table of (10)
RSVP By April 30,2014

To make a reservation for more information please call 718-483-7119


For details on how to book chez vous please give us a call today at (718)-720-0900

Favor Ideas For Your Seasonal Spring Wedding

Seasonal spring weddings are always exciting. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the sun welcoming the season’s change. We took a look at o My Wedding Favors to check out a few favor ideas for the seasonal spring wedding.  There are many different items and gifts that are both affordable and practical. Just in time for spring, they present a healthy list of season-themed items sure to both brighten the party decor as well as leave your guests talking.

Here are some of our favorites along with their estimated price points.