Written by: Kori Carter Gillespie

Courtesy of a global pandemic, the term destination has come to include a widely accepted virtual aspect. For the last few years, most of us have lived vicariously through a myriad of virtual computer backgrounds, scrolling through different regions whenever we need a change of scenery.

Finally, you have an opportunity to stroll through an Italian Piazza, experience Renaissance Revival architecture, and explore thought-provoking contemporary art, all in a single day. The Catered Affair (TCA) will transport you to another world at these three truly unique Boston event destinations.

Harvard Art Museums

Lea St. Germain
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After-hours guests at Harvard Art Museums are immersed into a stunning masterpiece. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano to duplicate the experience of strolling through an Italian Piazza, the museum is a distinguished destination for entertaining. Celebrations take place in the Italian Renaissance-style Calderwood Courtyard surrounded by four galleries of world-renowned collections by immortal artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. Guests today are craving in-person exposure to this type of art, culture, and vibrancy. Adding to the ambiance, Harvard’s world-renowned museum also features European and American art from the Middle Ages to present day. Sip a Bourbon Limoncello Cocktail or a glass of Prosecco while enjoying the museums Italian inspired ambience.


The Boston Public Library

As you enter this 1895 Renaissance Revival Building overlooking Copley Square, it is clear the evening will be extraordinary. Polished TCA servers in the pink marble vestibule welcome guests with craft cocktails such as the Gin Austen and Tequila Mockingbird.

Immediately, you are surrounded by spectacular paintings, intricate architectural details, and original sculptures from notable artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, considered one of the greatest muralists of the 19th century.

Corinna Raznikov
Corinna Raznikov

The architecture at the Boston Public Library is full of contrasts that create an exciting flow for an evening of progressive entertaining, including;

The Courtyard is the heart of the library and an open-air gem. Surrounded by white marble, lush greenery, a spectacular fountain and famed statue, this outdoor tranquil space is the perfect setting for a cocktail reception before moving indoors for dinner.

Guastavino Room was named for its vaulted ceilings designed by Rafael Guastavino, who left the tiling exposed as a design aesthetic. Events in this space are unique, creative, and highly coveted.

Bates Hall is the epitome of the library. With its century old majestic barrel-arched ceiling, never-ending bookcases, and long solid oak tables adorned with green glass reading lanterns, this hall is the most recognized space in the library. It is also acknowledged by many to be architecturally one of the most important rooms in the world.

In the Abbey Room, one is immediately struck by the larger-than-life mural, Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail, by American artist Edwin Austin Abbey. Other outstanding features are the beautiful fireplace of French Rouge antique marble, dark oak wainscoting, and a beamed ceiling modeled after one in the library of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

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The ICA is situated alongside the Boston Harbor in the trendy Seaport District. Upon entering, guests are quickly drawn into a diverse community of “radical hospitality” – global artisans using all mediums to produce extraordinary works. Amplified by modern and inventive collections, the ICA lends itself to those seeking to make a vibrant splash!

The venue is one of the city’s most exciting and celebrated artistic institutions and revitalization projects, making it one of the most desirable waterfront venues just steps from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Take advantage of innovative experiential opportunities in an array of unique and multifaceted spaces for after-hours entertaining, indoors and out.

Putnam Investments Plaza spans 3,500 square feet alongside Boston’s 4.7-mile Harbor Walk. This covered outdoor space offers the most scenic seats in the venue, creating a quintessential Boston atmosphere, striking views, and refreshing bay breezes. Maine crab cakes with Pineapple Salsa, Scallop Ceviche Tacos, and Mini Lobster Rolls with Lime Aioli are favorite passed hors d’oeuvres for harborside parties.

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State Street Corporation Lobby, with its sleek design and dramatic setting, offers a particularly refined ambiance for a seated dinner or a cocktail reception.

Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater features floor to ceiling glass walls offering expansive panoramas of the harbor and Boston’s iconic skyline. The theater is perfect for dinner after your guests enjoy cocktail hour on the plaza.

Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey writes, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Wanderlust may simply be a state of mind in which destinations closer to home have come to have a greater allure than you could have imagined!

Interested in learning more about our unique destinations? Contact a member of our team for more information!