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At the Boston Public Library, the fresh air is calling your name. During the spring, summer, and early fall, we love to create sophisticated al fresco celebrations. 

If you are planning a corporate dinner, milestone birthday, retirement party, or other special event, a courtyard reception could be the perfect setting. Your guests will enjoy sipping cocktails while exploring the intricate details of the Italianate style space.

Special Event at the Courtyard in Boston Public LibraryMatthew Teuten Photography

Whether you’re envisioning an elegant cocktail hour or a full course dinner in the Courtyard, The Catered Affair will help you create an unforgettable experience at this unique, historic location.

Italianate Style Location

“Al fresco” in Italian translates to “in open air.” The courtyard’s arcaded promenade, after all, was created with Rome’s Cancellaria Palace in mind. Guests will be entranced by the intricacies artist Frederick William MacMmonies depicted in his “Dancing Bacchante and Infant Faun” statue, the centerpiece of the Courtyard’s beautiful fountain.

In addition to the spectacular existing adornments, there is plenty of space for a small band, floral arrangements, and lighting displays which would add to your celebration under the stars.

“Dancing Bacchante and Infant” statue

Shannon Grant Photography

Experienced Culinarians

Relish in delectable passed hors d’oeuvres or an exquisite plated meal full of the finest seasonal ingredients. Our team is well-versed at creating extraordinary events that have been made to fit guests’ most important moments. We will help you unwind and celebrate in one of this city’s most beloved locations, providing a flawless menu and a seamlessly coordinated evening.

Al Fresco Events in the Courtyard

Ben Michael Photography

Explore a Place of Grandeur

Imagine an enchanting night at the iconic Boston Public Library, surrounded by majestic architecture, world-renowned art and book-lined spaces. You can even treat your guests to a private art and architecture tour of the building. Marvel upon murals by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Edwin Austin Abbey and John Singer Sargent; sculptures by Daniel Chester French, Bela Pratt, Frederick MacMonnies and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

All tours are subject to availability, so be sure to check with your planning team if this interests you.

Public Library’s Courtyard Beautiful Ceilings

Elegant Experiences, No Matter the Weather

The perimeter of the courtyard is covered by a portico, allowing the event to go on with any unexpected weather changes. Or you could have your event in the adjoining Courtyard Tea Room, which overlooks the outdoor courtyard space.

Alfresco Soirée Tables and Centerpieces

Join Us for an Al Fresco Soirée

We would be honored to host your next event at this breathtaking venue. Dining in the Courtyard of the Boston Public Library, in the heart of the city, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you or any of your guests will not forget. The Courtyard is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Contact The Catered Affair to start planning today!

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