Throwing an impressive diplomatic reception or national day party can boost the image of any mission, putting that country's name on the lips of all the right people in just the right circles. Of course, where you host your party can be a critical decision, since it determines not only the location, but often the service and food that can define the guests' experience. Because Ottawa is home not only to some grand hotels, but also to an impressive number of museums, galleries and government buildings, the variety is to your advantage. So shop around. The following is a guide to some of the most popular venues in town and what they have to offer.