Boston birthday ideas and party venues
Cooking Class at Farm & Fable
If you’ve only raided the vintage cookbook collection upstairs at Farm & Fable, you may not be aware that there’s an envy-inducing kitchen demo space down below. Round up your baking crew—up to 10 guests can fit comfortably around the counter—for a private cooking session taught by a local culinary luminary. Farm & Fable, 251 Shawmut Ave, South End (617-451-1110, farmandfable.com).
When you’ve opted to celebrate with your nearest and dearest foodies—no gluten-free/vegan/Paleo pushers, please—the chef’s table at Alden & Harlow can accommodate. Maestro Michael Scelfo will whip up a prix-fixe, four-course family-style meal (customized by ingredient or theme) for up to four diners. Wine pairings by GM Jen Fields seal the decadent deal.
Tastings at Urban Grape
Your friendly neighborhood wine store gets even friendlier with Urban Affairs, its private wine-tasting division. Two-hour, in-home tasting events can accommodate up to 50 of your fellow winos—or beer geeks or sake savants; simply pick your poison. The team can also pair up with a local restaurant to cater the affair. Urban Grape, 303 Columbus Ave, South End (857-250-2509, theurbangrape.com).
Bridal spa days are silently stressful affairs, during which ladies-in-waiting downplay their needs to focus on an often-frazzled bride’s. A birthday beauty bacchanal, however, is another matter entirely. At Exhale Spa, private groups can book multiple treatments—mani/pedis, facials, massages—as well as a private yoga or core fusion class, and enjoy healthy seeming yet indulgent munchies like chocolate-covered strawberries on the way to Zenville.
We can find you in the club, bottle full of bub. The Sinclair can host up to 525 revelers in its dual-level, industrial-chic club space, which includes three separate bar areas and a large performance stage (you know, for that 1D cover band). If your parties run more sensible than 50 Cent’s, rent out the adjoining restaurant’s roof deck for sunset cocktails overlooking Harvard Square.
The Tasting Room at Sip
What was once a charming wine shop and takeout spot is now your new favorite party venue. The 48-seat Tasting Room at Sip can execute every kind of culinary-themed event, from a sushi rolling class to a sommelier-led wine tasting. Sip, 581 Washington St, Downtown Crossing (617-956-0888, sipwinebarandkitchen.com/thetastingroom).
A velvet-roped entrance. A candlelit stairwell. A subterranean waiting area. A private dining hall that can only be accessed via secret password—through a mail slot, no less. The chandeliered room hidden beneath the Fairmont Copley Plaza can seat up to 35 guests for a private, five-course menu with wine pairings at a crystal-and-silver appointed table.
Hopsters Brew & Boards
Milestone birthdays can be tough—cure what ales during a private beer-making session at Hopsters Brew & Boards. Revelers can choose from 30 different recipes, then toast their newfound brewing knowledge over craft suds and charcuterie. While the beer ferments over the next few weeks, your posse can design a customized label. Hopsters Brew & Boards, 292 Centre St, Newton (617-916-0752, hopsters.net).
Have a driveway? Then have a pizza party. Davis Square’s Posto puts the dough on wheels with its mobile oven and all-inclusive catering services. Book your party well before the birthday sweats set in—there can be a months-long wait—then choose your apps and seasonal toppings, from fennel sausage to roasted pumpkin to Tuscan kale.
Tucked inside one of the city’s best bars is one of the city’s great private spaces, decked out like an elite brownstone den. Keep costs down with one signature cocktail and a cash bar, or party like a Brahmin with a scotch tasting hosted by owner and bartender extraordinaire Jackson Cannon.