Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Who Dun It?

Inspired by the Murder Mystery dinner my friends attended this past weekend, I bring to you some ideas in hosting one yourself! Invite your closest friends over for some thrills and kills (figuratively speaking of course). It will surely be a night to remember!

First it would be helpful to acquire a Murder Mystery script. Party411 gives an awesome list of scripts that can be downloaded for free! They also offer some great advice to follow when assigning characters and how to keep the night alive (pun intended).
  • Put some thought into your guest list. Make sure you invite people who will enjoy this type of event and really get into it. Assign the more outgoing characters to the least shy of your guests, and the less involved parts to the more timid people in the group.
  • As the host of the party it is your job to keep the script going. Don't let the group get sidetracked with conversation about the last episode of such and such or "did you see what that coworker yada yada". Keep the ball rolling and encourage guests to stay in character.
  • Encourage guests to come in costume. Let your guest know ahead of time who their character is so they can prepare.
  • Tell your guests to keep their characters an absolute secret, (even partners or spouses!)
  • Do a buffet instead of a sit down meal. It will let you focus on the guests and the mystery at hand.

Next, send out the perfect invitations and give a great first impression of what the night entails.

Murder Mystery Party Invite

Setup an eerily awesome atmosphere by dimming the lights and incorporating candles to set the mood! Use a variation of table décor height and place-settings to make a mysterious tablescape.

tablescape for murder mystery party - I really want to host one someday. a 1920's Agatha Christie style -dress up party. Would be so fun!

Have a signature cocktail like this 'Hawaiian Homicide' that fits the theme. It will get your guests ready to solve some crime!

A Hawaiian Homicide - the signature drink of the murder mystery party of the same name!

1/4 oz Coconut Milk or Cream of Coconut
1.5 oz your favourite gin
.5 oz lime juice
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
Fresh Mint or Sliced Lime for garnish (optional)

If you wanted, you could actually have a plated dinner menu or just let your guests pick from a dessert table (feel free to even have some passed hors d'oeuvres). Here are examples of both.

Hostess with the Mostess® - Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Murder Mystery Party

Don't forget to represent the victim! If you don't want to have a live person act dead, a 'chalked' body outline will do.

tips for writing a murder mystery party game.

Capture the night with some mugshots and Murder Mystery props. Make the night part of your guests' permanent record!

I love how they did 'mug shots' as people came through the door.

Murder Mystery Party Photo Props #EviteGatherings

There's a crime to be solved and we are counting on your to devour the Murder Mystery details!

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