Special Events

Located on the shores of Narragansett Bay and with 33 acres of gardens and meticulously maintained lawns, our exquisite turn-of-the-century estate offers the ambiance of over 100 years of elegance and charm for your next Special Event.

Bessie Van Wickle McKee loved to host dinner parties and celebrations with family and friends. We continue this tradition by offering Blithewold as the location for your next special event.


Special Events include:

Cocktail Parties
Corporate Events
Holiday Parties
Rehearsal Dinners


Cocktail Parties

With its air of sophistication, exclusivity, and casual elegance, Blithewold is a wonderful choice for a cocktail party or a formal sit-down dinner.

The first floor of the Mansion can accommodate 100 people for a cocktail party and 80 for a seated dinner. For Larger occasions host your party within the mansion as well as on the terrace, porches, and Great Lawn or within our tent for dinner and dancing.

Corporate Events

Wow your attendees by holding your next corporate at Blithewold. The historic mansion located on Narragansett Bay offers a refreshing and unique environment, especially compared to a corporate office or boardroom.

The estate can host small, intimate parties right up to large-scale Galas. The first floor of the mansion is available in the evenings for small corporate meetings and receptions of up to 60 people. Our 40 x 100-tent, with its permanent slate floor, is an ideal setting for a New England clambake, corporate outing, or banquet dinner and can hold up to 225 people.

Holiday Parties

Your guests will take a step back in time as they enjoy superior service and the warm touch of this Historic Landmark. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres which will be served through all the first floor rooms of the mansion as holiday tunes play softly in the background. If desired, a lavish dinner can then be served in our beautiful formal dining room. The mansion can accommodate 65 guests at a seated dinner, and up to 100 guests at a standing cocktail reception. The Holiday decor is elegant and only enhances the natural beauty of this Bristol treasure. Let Blithewold bring the magic & serenity of Winter to your Holiday Party.

Blithewold will be available on Saturday evenings for your holiday cocktail reception or dinner party.


Blithewold's beautiful gardens offer a special and serene backdrop to honor loved ones who have passed on.
Our professional staff will work with you during this sensitive time to arrange a seated meal, tea or cocktail reception to your specifications. Blithewold also has  white garden chairs, ballroom chairs, tables, and a podium/speaker on site for your convenience. The venue is available for a three hour time slot. 

Rehearsal Dinners

Blithewold Mansion is the perfect location for your upcoming rehearsal dinner. Whether you’re planning a small intimate dinner for just family and the wedding party or a clambake on the lawn for a larger crowd, we can make it a raving success.

Rehersal Dinners can be held on Friday Evenings.


 Blithewold is the perfect location to celebrate life’s new beginnings. Whether it is a wedding shower or a baby shower your shower will be unforgettable as you celebrate with friends and family surrounded by the beauty of the century old mansion and Blithewold’s gardens and view of Narragansett Bay.

Afternoon Showers are available in the mansion from January to March. Evening showers are available from April to October in the mansion or tent.


The Blithewold events staff will work closely with you and your caterer to ensure that your eventis nothing short of spectacular.

Dates can be booked 90 days in advance. 

For inquiries and to set up an appointment to discuss rates and availability,
contact Karen Bellavance in the Special Events Office (401) 253-2707 ext. 11, or kbellavance@blithewold.org

Photo: Allan Millora

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