The Company Holiday Party Is Making A Big Comeback

Make Sure Your Holiday Planning Is On Point With These Easy Steps

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Your company holiday fête is a time to show your employees management’s appreciation for all of the hard work they do. For the long nights in the office, the weekend emails, the

traveling away from their kids and families, your company holiday party is a gesture of gratitude. Research shows that these kinds of thanks, help companies reap big rewards in performance and, ultimately, profitability for the.

Why then, do we put employee appreciation on the back burner? Why do we rush when the calendar hits December and try desperately to plan a last minute lunch or dinner, very well knowing that all of the “good spots” are taken? This year, don’t get caught in the conference room. Book your holiday party early, give your employees something to look forward to and make a great party that they will recognize as thoughtful and fantastic. Follow these 3 easy steps and you’ll be sure to have everybody rocking around the Christmas tree and wanting to pay you back with performance.

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BOOK EARLY

Usually restaurants and event spaces start planning 3-6 months in advance (We’re designing romantic Valentine’s Day dishes while the masses are grilling hot dogs at their Labor Day barbecue!). Our special group pricing, holiday menus and cocktail lists are ready as early as January. Keep in mind, most existing corporate parties re-book the same date for the following year, right after their current lunch, dinner or cocktail party. So already, a year in advance, there are dates off our reservation calendar. By mid-November Vickers is usually booked for the coveted Thursday, Friday and Saturday dates. We’re very lucky that we have 4 private dining rooms for 15-40 and a large banquet room that can hold up to 150 for a cocktail affair. This gives us more flexibility when it comes to crunch time. But you don’t want to compromise exactly what you want, so hop to it!

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KEEP THE FOOD FLOWING

Times are a changing and the days of serving chicken wings and fried mozzarella sticks are gone. Your employees are taking their health more seriously and planning a menu celebrating their efforts will go far (and get you some bonus points). Select hors d’oeuvres like mushrooms stuffed with crab, vegetable and black rice noodle spoons, smoked salmon canapes and house smoked duck breast crostini that are healthy, satisfying and sure to keep health nuts on track. A healthy body gives way to a healthy mind, and healthy minds will contribute to your bottom line. Specially priced group menus can include truffled white bean soup, grass fed heritage bison and wild king salmon—item’s that maybe your employees have never tried or haven’t been in the position to break the bank on. This is a real treat for your team, so make it worth it.

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 DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE ART OF THE COCKTAIL

While alcohol consumption is obviously an individual choice, it’s always proper to offer the option to your guests if you have invited them. As guests it is assumed that they should not have to pay for anything, including the alcohol. If you are looking to keep costs down, consider a wine and beer only option. Consider kicking off your event with bubbly prosecco or a champagne and juice cocktail—a Venetian Bellini for instance– that keeps the alcohol low. Once seated ask your venue if they provide “French Service Wine” (wine poured at the table vs. guests getting up to go to the bar). This is a great way to limit guest consumption and pace the evening.  Looking to add a little more flare to your festivities? In lieu of a full bar, adding one or two seasonal cocktails, served in smaller portions, like Vickers’ Pama Ginger Martini  with pomegranate and orange or our Orchard Martini made with pear puree and champagne will cover all of your bases (and make sure there are no headaches at the end of the night).

Planning your holiday party? Have a look at Vickers Holiday Party Planning Guide.

Call to inquire about our private dining rooms 610-363-7998

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What Is This “Vickers” Everybody Is Talking About? An Insider’s Peek into Our Story

There’s something to be said for doing things the way they’ve always been done. It’s more than consistency or tradition; it’s a way to honor what works and what’s right. In our case, it’s the very core of what makes Vickers Restaurant what it is—a local stalwart dedicated to exceptional service and timeless cuisine.

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It all springs from our owner, Arturo Burigatto, who brought a lifetime of gracious food, wine and service to Chester County in 1972. Born and raised in the bucolic outskirts of Venice, Italy, Arturo’s cultural values are still present in the way we source the finest food, prepare it with skill and care, offer an unparalleled wine cellar and impart enjoyment to our valued customers.

Arturo’s journey to Exton took him the world over and infused in him a love of real food, wonderful wines and fine entertaining. His career started at the famed Hotel Danieli in Venice’s city center and went through Zurich, the Pomme d’Or Hotel in St. Helier in the Channel Islands, the Savoy Hotel in London and the pink sands of The Princess Hotel in Bermuda.

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“Europe was truly my guide to this idea of culinary extravagance,” he said. “In Italy, I learned about white glove service. In Switzerland about precision of presentation. In the Channel Islands off the coast of France about fine wines and velvet sauces.”

Thanks to a love story, Arturo’s expertise eventually came to the United States. He met the love of his life and his wife of 39 years (she passed away in 2010), Theresa, in Bermuda, and in 1969 they moved back to Philadelphia to get married. Arturo landed at Le Champignon, a noted French restaurant he managed in the traditional style. In 1971, a client piqued his interest in a small farmhouse about 35 miles west of the city. He and Theresa took the drive to Exton and when Arturo saw it, memories of his old farmhouse in Italy came flooding back. To him, it felt like home.

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And so the circa 1823 farmhouse became home to one of Chester County’s most popular restaurants. Aptly named Vickers after the original owner, potter and abolitionist John Vickers, it opened on May 17, 1972. Arturo’s gorgeous restorations plus the addition of a fourth room, a bar and a small kitchen, coupled with European-influenced service and French cuisine, were an instant sensation: there was a three-month wait list for Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Not many people had seen steaks flambéed tableside or knew that spinach could fresh and be served raw as a salad. It didn’t have to come out of the freezer,” Arturo reminisced.

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A hallmark from day one has been our tableside service. Many of the same dishes from our original menu have stood the test of time, including our wildly popular Steak Diane Flambé, Dover Sole and Bananas Foster. Arturo relished the opportunity to do what he does best and what he loves: fine service, outstanding cuisine and true entertaining. Forty-four years later, he continues to do so. He doesn’t care for fleeting trends or what “experts” may say; it’s risky, but he’s true to himself and what he knows works, and that authenticity translates into something our customers know they can count on—and enjoy. “Today, people often aren’t dining; they’re eating,” Arturo explained. “People want it fast. That’s not who we are. There are always special occasions to get dressed up, to take the time to savor a meal and your company. There is always a reason to have a superior fine dining experience.”

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It’s not that we never consider menu changes: we do offer a lighter menu in the bar and on our patio that features Kobe beef sliders, steak frites, lighter pastas and shared plates. We’ve also taken to heart how to make the butter-heavy French sauces that were popular back in the day a bit lighter, too (don’t worry—there’s still butter!). We see customers’ palates evolve, but that doesn’t mean our core style has to change. Instead, change comes with a Vickers twist to embrace elegance and stay true to our roots. “It’s elegance … updated,” Burigatto likes to say.

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Arturo did a brief stint away from Vickers, but it was his desire to continue his signature fine dining that brought him back 9 years later after owning the Kennedy Supplee Mansion in Valley Forge and Primavera Pizza Kitchen in Downingtown. In 1999, Arturo and Theresa sold Vickers so that, after 27 years, he could leave his mark elsewhere. And while both those restaurants did well under his direction, once he sold the Kennedy Supplee in 2004, he really missed fine dining. Primavera was successful, but it was a different type of cuisine and clientele—and when Vickers came on the market in 2008, he bought it back.

“My wife used to joke that I was itching to get back into my suit,” he added. The reality is that he missed the fine plating, the velvety sauces, the unique ingredients like North Dakota bison and Burgundy snails. But mostly, he missed the creativity that comes with creating a dining experience for guests. “It’s not just the food,” Arturo explains. “It’s the candles and the fireplace, the flowers on the table, the starched linens, the way you decant an excellent bottle of wine. We plan everything very specifically from the second you make your reservation. This is what real service is.”

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And with that, on November 12, 2008, Vickers was restored once again to its classic glory. If our walls could talk, they’d tell stories of a young couple in their thirties staying up all night polishing the floors for the 1972 opening. They’d share the tale of four kids—all girls—playing on the grounds at their second home and enjoying Dad’s freshly made breakfast on Saturday mornings while Mom filled vases with fresh flowers. Those same 15-year-olds all grew to help out as coat-checkers. There are memories of happy couples getting engaged and celebrating milestone anniversaries. We remember small, intimate weddings and personalized corporate events. And we’ll never forget famous guests like astronaut George Driver “Pinky” Nelson, Oscar-winning actor David Niven, musicians Hall & Oates, actor Harrison Ford and, most famously, former U.S. President Richard Nixon with daughter and son-in-law Julie and David Eisenhower. (Fun fact: Hannah Milhous Nixon was the great-great granddaughter of Martha Vickers Milhous, John Vickers’ sister.)

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“As much a part of our history is Mike Buono, our maitre d’ and manager since the beginning,” Arturo added. “When we’re on the floor together, it’s like magic. You’ll still see him on Saturdays and at special occasions.”

And continuing with the true family business, you’ll find Amanda Burigatto Brogan, Arturo and Theresa’s youngest daughter, behind the scenes at Vickers. As the creative director, Amanda oversees all aspects of the brand. From event planning and wedding execution to menu design and cocktail invention, she is responsible for preserving the integrity and authenticity of all things Vickers.

“It’s in my blood,” she says. “I’m so lucky and grateful to have the chance to work with my parents and to bring my experiences and knowledge to a place that means so very much to our family.”

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Amanda’s career started in New York at Hearst Magazines, where she planned events and programs for prestigious beauty and fashion brands like Estee Lauder, MAC and Chanel. “There is an enormous amount of global experience here at Vickers and we love the opportunities to pass that know-how on to our clients and their events,” says Amanda.

For more than four decades, Arturo has dedicated his life to Vickers and the Chester County restaurant industry with one goal: to provide exceptional experiences to his customers. Trends come and go, but old world panache mixed with updated elegance never goes out of style. You can rely on us for what we are—Vickers stands as a landmark in history and a hallmark of authentically fine cuisine.

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“At Vickers, we love to entertain,” he said. “Whether it is for a simple dinner or a wedding or a birthday party, we will always give the same outstanding service and fantastic food that you have come to expect. Isn’t life about enjoying? That’s what I think, and that’s why I created a restaurant focused on the good things in life: delectable food, exceptional wine and wonderful company.”

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone

Exterior, tableside service, Steak Diane, wine rack and present-day dining room photos credited to Alexandra Whitney Photography.

Dos and Don’ts for a Memorable Bridal Shower

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Congrats—you’re the maid or matron of honor! And you just realized it’s more than standing up for your BFF and helping to pick the perfect dresses. There are duties that come with that title, not the least of which is arranging an unforgettable bridal shower.

No worries. We’re here to help! Save yourself the headache and start by checking out our event planners’ on-point dos and don’ts.

First and foremost: don’t lost sight of the purpose of the event. It’s a bridal shower, a time for friends and family to gather together to celebrate the bride and wish her well on the journey ahead.

Next, know your bride! This will ensure the shower is a fit with her personality and preferences and make it a day she’ll remember fondly. Is she outdoorsy, prim-and-proper, a sports fan or a traditionalist? Does she like (or hate!) themes? Does she embarrass easily? Is she into shower games—or not? Brainstorm with the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride to gain insider intel.

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Don’t go it alone.

Do enlist the help of bridesmaids and the moms.

Many hands lighten the load! Gather consensus from the other bridesmaids, and then delegate tasks to make sure no one is overwhelmed. The mother of the bride is traditionally involved, but also consider reaching out to the mother of the groom, if appropriate.

Don’t ruin the surprise.

Do ask for the list and open dates early.

Let’s face it: the bride knows you’ll eventually plan a shower, so keep in touch and make sure you get the wedding guest list as soon as it’s done. That should be fairly early in the couple’s planning, so feel free to ask if they plan to be out of town, oh, say, four to six months hence (wink, wink!).

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Don’t forget snail mail invites.

Do go the online route, too.

Pro tip: only invite those invited to the wedding. The couple may have had to make some tough decisions about whom to invite, and you don’t want things to get awkward by inviting the bride’s former high school bestie. As for the invitation itself, go for both paper sent through the U.S. mail and some sort of e-invitation to be sure both Great Aunt Millie and 20-something Cousin Devon can easily reply.

Don’t decorate like it’s the wedding.

Do tailor it to the bride—and theme it if you think she’s game.

This swings back to knowing the bride. Age is a bit of a factor: brides under 35-ish will likely enjoy a display shower with a simple seasonal or color theme marked with easy games like a Q&A about the happy couple (with prizes!). Brides over 35 may prefer wrapped gifts, a bow hat and traditional games like a scavenger hunt from what might be tucked away in guests’ purses.

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Don’t overdo the activities.

Do have fun!

Aside from figuring out if the bride—and the crowd—will be into party games, do keep in mind the bride will need time to mingle and visit to greet and thank everyone. Keep activities to a minimum, but remember to have some of the bride’s favorite music playing in the background for a festive atmosphere.

Don’t feel you have to host it at a home.

Do look for a venue that specializes in wedding parties.

Hosting at home seems like a good idea … until you have to clean, re-arrange furniture to suit the number of guests, borrow and squeeze in extra chairs, decorate, cook and clean up. We’re tired just reading that! There are many excellent venues that can handle as much (or as little) as you’d like—at various price points—freeing you and the bridesmaids up to make cute party favors (more on that in a bit).

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Don’t assume you can’t afford a plated affair.

Do work with a venue’s event planner to explore all the options.

Grab your favorite bridesmaid—you know, the one with the level head who’s fun to hang out with and will help you make good decisions—and hit a few venues. Call ahead and make an appointment with the event planner. You’ll likely find that a lunch or brunch can be affordable. A few money-saving tips:

  • Start with finger foods and hors d’oeuvres, and then offer a simple meal.
  • An easy plated meal may very well be in your budget; ask!
  • Consider a buffet to encourage mingling—the event planner can direct you to affordable options.
  • It’s OK to limit the bar—choose champagne cocktails, beer and wine, and consider the bride’s favorite drink as a showcase.
  • Make desserts fun! Instead of a cake, think about mini cupcakes, a pastry assortment or something spectacular like cherries jubilee.

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Don’t forget party favors.

Do choose something that will be a keepsake.

Few shower guests really look forward to Jordan almonds packaged up with a bow. Go for something they can use and look back fondly upon, like a cute frame, personalized mini candle or mini bottle of wine. Before the guest takes her favor and leaves, make sure she fills out an envelope (and give the bride matching thank-you cards) so the bride doesn’t have to stress over “thank-yous” as the wedding nears.

We’d love to be one of the restaurants you consider (of course!). At Vickers Restaurant, we specialize in special events. Check out our beautiful venue, and see how we cater to happy couples before and during the wedding. Our event planner would love the opportunity to do the same for your bridal shower.

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone

Flower photo credit: Bonsai Doll Fern Photography; restaurant photo credit: Vickers; cannoli photo credit: Ed Williams; remaining photos credited to BigStock

How to Host an Effortless (and Fun!) Graduation Party

That time of the year is coming, when high school and college kids will be decked out in caps and gowns with diplomas in hand and stars in their eyes. They’ve done the hard work and deserve to be honored for their accomplishments.

In other words: it’s time to party!

A graduation party is a huge deal, something your grad will remember for the rest of his or her life. The easiest way to make it effortless? Let someone else host it! Many restaurants cater to special events, relieving you of most of the burden (including set-up and clean-up).

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Here are our top tips for an effortless and fun graduation party:

1. Create the guest list.

This will be a mix of your grad’s friends, your friends and family. Start big, and then cull down the list if you need to for budgetary purposes. Pro tip: drop the list into a spreadsheet program to easily manage it and have everyone’s information (address, phone, email, etc.) in one place.

2. Set the budget.

Some of you are saying, “What budget?” If you’ve not considered what it might cost, visit a few of your favorite spots and talk to the event planner. You’ll get a good idea of what you can get for your dollar at each venue. Pro tip: don’t skimp on the food; we’ve got other money-saving ideas for you!

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3. Have a joint party.

Money-saving idea number one: Explore whether it’s possible to co-host with your graduate’s best friend’s family. It’s likely their interests and preferences are the same, and splitting the cost can only be a good thing. Pro tip: set expectations with your grads early about number of guests.

4. Work with a theme.

Let the grad choose a cool theme that means something to her or him. It can be as elaborate as Game of Thrones, as laid-back as a “beach theme” or as simple as a favorite color. Weave this throughout the invitation, decorations, food and even thank-you notes. Pro-tip: ask your grad to participate in getting the decorations—this is a fun outing and a way to spend the day together.

5. Send invitations online.

Teens and 20-somethings live in a digital world, so use something free like Evite or Paperless Post, or work with your grad to pull together a Facebook event. Pro tip: be prepared to send paper invitations to older relatives who may not be computer-savvy.

6. Work with the venue for the perfect food.

How to handle food sensitivities and preferences for a crowd? Leave it to the professional! Most good restaurants have a special event planner who’ll keep an eye toward gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and even vegan options that fit your theme and are delicious. Aside from that, allow your grad to choose a few favorite items (especially the dessert!). Pro tip: you’ll save money with a finger-food and small-plates event instead of a more formal, sit-down meal.

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7. Make sure there’s music.

Depending on your budget, that could be a local band or DJ, but to get exactly what the graduate loves, consider having your guest of honor pull together an iPod playlist (another money-saving win!). Many venues have equipment in place to pump music out from your device. Pro tip: remind your grad that Aunt Betty and Grandma aren’t into the latest and greatest and perhaps he should mix in a few “quieter” songs now and again.

8. Ask about audiovisual.

Hey, it’s your kid, and you’re going to want to say a few words. Your graduate may or may not give you the eyeroll, but you’re proud and everyone should know it. Most good restaurants have a simple microphone and speaker set-up. Pro tip: keep it short and sweet, and ask the grad to say a few words, too.

9. Tell the story in pictures.

Photo montages are all the rage, but you don’t have to pay someone or be a design-master to pull one off. PC users can accomplish great things in Powerpoint or with the free Windows Live Photo Gallery. Mac users can do the same in Keynote. Pro tip: while it’s tempting to whip out tons of baby pictures, go for a good mix with a low embarrassment factor (as in, keep it to one crying baby picture, please); hit the big life moments instead.

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10. Ponder party favors.

Not as big a deal as they are with showers, party favors still are a nice touch—and you don’t have to break the bank. An easy, popular and money-saving trick is to put out assorted candies plus decorative cello bags. Guests can make-their-own on the way out. Pro tip: make sure there’s good mix for those who may be sensitive to chocolate or dairy-based candies.

11. Send thank-you notes.

This gracious tradition is not old-fashioned; it’s good manners. Ideally, these would be paper and sent via snail mail—an incredibly classy touch. But even digital notes are preferred over no thanks at all. Pro tip: this is where a well-constructed guest list spreadsheet comes in handy.

Hosting in a hall is another option, but you’ll need to be prepared to do everything from scratch including the food, place settings, beverages, audiovisual equipment and sometimes even tables and chairs. Hosting in a restaurant will cover many of those items as part of the price, plus you’ll have access to the event planner’s trusted vendors—it’s one-stop shopping for the big day. Make a few calls, meet with a few venues and you’ll find the perfect spot (at the right price!) to celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments. Congratulations!

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone

Photo credits: top to bottom, BigStock, SplitShire, Kaboompics, Life of Pix

Tips for Planning the Ultimate Rehearsal Dinner (or Welcome Party!)

Your big day is just a few months away, and you’ve nailed the wedding details from invitations to the honeymoon. You’re all ready to go, right? But wait—what about the rehearsal dinner? If you’re three months out and don’t have that venue booked, it’s time to get moving.

But even if you’ve got more than three months to the wedding day, we advise you don’t wait. The hot spots will get grabbed up fast, particularly if you’re looking for a Thursday or Friday night. It’s never too early!

Either way, we’ve got you covered with top tips for planning the ultimate rehearsal dinner or welcome party. There is a difference, so read on, relax and get ready for an amazing time.

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The Ultimate Rehearsal Dinner

This event is traditionally reserved for the bridal party involved in the wedding rehearsal plus immediate family—hence the name “rehearsal dinner.” It’s a chance for the parents of the groom to really shine and put their imprint on the happy event. The rehearsal dinner is a lovely evening with a more casual feel to encourage people to mix and mingle. In some cases, it’s the first time the families fully come together—an exciting time!

Top Tips:

  • It’s fine to have a sit-down dinner; a good event planner will make sure it’s down-to-earth enough so it doesn’t upstage the wedding.
  • Don’t bother with set seating and place cards. Allow guests to seat themselves so they can get to know each other better.
  • We highly recommend a cocktail hour (even 30 minutes) with light hors d’oeuvres. This is yet another chance for your guests to become friends before the wedding.
  • Groom’s cakes are making a huge comeback. The groom should select the flavors—it’s his special confection!
  • Rehearsal dinner traditions are great, but feel free to break the rules: it’s your party! Some time-honored conventions:
    • This is when the maid-of-honor has her moment and gives her speech (though many couples opt to pair that speech with the best man’s remarks during the wedding).
    • Both fathers should also be encouraged to make toasts.
    • Consider carving out time for stepparents to have the chance to say a few words.
    • Last, but certainly not least, the bride and groom should have their time to thank anyone (and everyone!).

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The Ultimate Welcome Party

For pre-wedding events with 30 or more guests, consider a welcome party instead. This event has evolved because more and more out of town guests are arriving early. Like the rehearsal dinner, it’s a great way for friends and family to socialize and make connections before the wedding day. Bonus: It’s super-casual, too.

Top Tips:

  • You’ll offer many of the same amenities, but with a few twists to handle the larger crowd:
    • Definitely have the cocktail time, which is even more important with this many people.
    • Consider a buffet to simplify and to take the worry out of appeasing everyone’s tastes.
    • You may want to extend some of the traditions to other friends and family members, such as short speeches.
    • The groom can select more than one groom’s cake to accommodate the crowd.

Regardless of the venue, you can save on the cost by hosting these types of parties when you choose a Wednesday or Thursday. At Vickers Restaurant, our experienced event planner will help you create a memorable rehearsal dinner or welcome party for up to 40 people. We customize your menu to suit your tastes and to help you keep an eye on your budget, too.

Best wishes to you and yours on your special weekend!

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone

3 Wedding Trends for Today’s Couple

Your wedding day will continue to be all about you in 2016—no doubt about it! But this year is also set to bring some welcome changes to the wedding planning landscape, special touches that will make for a more memorable event.

Our expert event planning staff predicts the following and encourages you to consider these up-and-coming trends that really are new twists on classic favorites.

1. Relax Over Food and Drink

A proper dinner is all the rage in 2016. Gone are the days of “stationed receptions,” which seemed like a good idea but turned out to be long and exhausting for guests. After a full day of getting ready, driving a distance to the ceremony and possibly waiting for the reception, your guests’ day is just about as long as the bridal party’s day. By dinnertime, everyone is ready for … well … dinner.

At Vickers Restaurant, we’re seeing a pull away from these cocktail-style receptions with lots of finger foods to a renewed focus on a light cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour followed by a traditional sit-down dinner. The only exception to the finger food rule is a dessert table. Nine out of 10 couples choose a dessert table—and their guests appreciate the extra detail.

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Signature cocktails are still in, but need to be well thought out. While a bourbon neat may be your favorite, it’s not wise to offer that to your guests who may not be as seasoned as you are in the bar department. Lighter libations like a champagne cocktail or spiked sangria are more palatable beverages your guests can enjoy (and not pay for the next morning!). Consult your wedding planner if you’d like to design your own custom cocktail.

Pro tip: If the number in your party will be 60 or under, ask if your guests can order with personalized menus. It saves you time and often money and is an elegant and impressive surprise for your guests. This is something that Vickers does often for its weddings.

2. Decorate with Lots of Flowers

We’re seeing flowers everywhere once again. Centerpieces are becoming more of a focus and brides are putting more dollars into their tablescapes than their bouquets.

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This year, we’ll see brides carrying small bunches of baby’s breath but wearing fresh flower crowns, floral necklaces and even fresh floral sashes and giving a nod back to traditional flowers like roses, hydrangea and (if you’re lucky enough and can find a local grower) dinner plate dahlias. Luckily, Vickers’ floral design team grows our own dinner plate dahlias organically and right around the corner.

Pro tip: Antique colors are really making a statement in 2016. Choose positively sweet and ethereal muted pinks, peaches and creams to be on-trend.

3. Make an Evening of the Rehearsal

Over the past five years, we’ve seen rehearsal dinners become more than the traditional meet and greet. With many out-of-town guests coming from afar, it’s nice to say “thanks for making the trip” by including them the night before. The rehearsal dinner also is an opportunity for the groom’s side to shine and feel they’re an integral part of the wedding events.

Rehearsal dinners were once reserved for intimate family to get to know each other and for the fathers to toast the happy couple back and forth. In 2016, we’ll see many couples treat the rehearsal dinner as a welcome dinner—and that’s just great for the extended family (and friends!).

Pro tip: If you’re doing a rustic wedding, choose a formal dinner for the rehearsal. If you’re doing a farm-to-table theme, opt for a traditional filet Béarnaise at the rehearsal to delight your guests. Your wedding planner will help guide you to the perfect rehearsal dinner fare.

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Nina Malone

6 Reasons Vickers Is the Wedding Authority

We want you to bask in the majesty of a beautiful wedding reception. The scene is set: the guest list is complete, the flowers are exquisite, the groomsmen’s ties are tied and you are beaming. Let us shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that you and your guests have a heart-stopping experience at Vickers on your uniquely momentous day. We will treat your needs with arresting attention to make for a stunning event.

Check Out Our Top 6 Reasons for Choosing Vickers for Your Wedding

1. Everything Is Up to You

This is your wedding after all, and it’s important to get the personal treatment and comfort you deserve from the ceremony to your reception. Customization is all we do. All wedding receptions at Vickers are built around each couple’s ideas, budget and needs to make sure every moment is unique and personalized.

Vickers Weddings 2 credit Spark Photography2. Amazing Food

As a couple, great cuisine and fine dining are important to you and part of your story, so only the best will do for your special day. Every morsel gets the Vickers touch, from hors d’oeuvres and entrees to a custom-made cake crafted by one of our partner bakeries. Remarkable food from start to finish is built on an exquisite menu. Indulge in seared diver scallops, filet mignon or even a mac ‘n cheese bar.

3. Beautiful Spaces

We know it’s important to have choices and variety to meet your needs for the style and feel of your wedding. There are no cookie cutters here. The ballroom. The private bar. The patio. We will help guide you through what space is ideal for you and your guests to enjoy. If a smaller space is what you like, we have private dining rooms for up to 45 guests.

Vickers Weddings 3 Credit Spark Photography4. Room for More

Your rehearsal dinner is a big part of the celebration and is shared with your nearest and dearest. Let us give this important meal our personal touch. From 10–45 guests, our private dining options work perfectly to ease into your big day.

5. All About You

We want your day to be all about you. Vickers hosts only one wedding per day. All the attention goes into making your reception our focus.

Vickers Weddings 36. One Stop

Floral design, DJs, photographers, limousines, even invitation printers are all part of our planners’ portfolio of services we can recommend. For over 35 years, we have worked with Chester County’s best to make your day remarkable.

Amanda Burigatto Brogan, our director of marketing and events, is a call away at (610) 363-7998. Tap into the experience of Chester County’s premier reception location to make your special day memorable.

Vickers Restaurant serves traditional Continental cuisine with classic French flair. Indulge in attentive service and outstanding menus in quaint and comfortable surroundings. The same European service is available through our stellar event planning service. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 150, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the highest level of care and attention to detail. Join us for happy hour, dinner and live piano on Fridays and Saturdays—we’ve got the area’s most extensive European wine list and excel at vintage cocktails. In season, relax in our outdoor garden for drinks or dinner. Vickers is the perfect spot for fine food, cocktails and entertaining.

Jim Berman

Top three photos credited to Spark Photography.