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How to Successfully Host a Murder Mystery Party

February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

I had always wanted to go to a murder mystery party but have never been presented with the chance. On my 26th birthday I decided that if I ever wanted to attend a murder mystery party, I had to make it happen. I had tremendous fun searching for the party I wanted to host from among the hundreds, even thousands, of the party packs that are available. You can buy them from game or toy shops. You can quite often find them in second hand charity shops or being sold second hand on the internet. You can buy them on eBay and there are many e-commerce stores dedicated solely to murder mystery games. You simply select whatever is of interest to you. Games can be for four up to forty players. However, I recommended keeping it simple by limiting it to 8 to 12 participants. You want to invite enthusiastic people who are willing to jump into character and dress for the part. I am fortunate enough to have an exciting bunch of friends and family that really get into the game.

Once you have the game selected and a bunch of people in mind it is time to get creative. First of all you need to check that everyone is free and reserve the date. Then you need to allocate each member of the party a character and post out a small information pack to them. The instructions included with the game will guide you about what needs to be done and when. You will send each person an invitation along with a character description, which will guide them regarding background and costume information. I remember when I hosted my first party my guests got extremely excited when they received the invitation. Most people have never attended a party like that before and are keen to try something new.

The next part is to plan, plan, plan. I love organising and cooking, so hosting parties is a lot of fun for me and I make every effort to host grand events. My first party was a Titanic theme and I put on a twelve course meal! I actually researched details about the Titanic and came across a menu, so I simply based my own menu around that. I also looked into the etiquette from that time period and made a list of rules for each "passenger." Then I found some music appropriate for that era and played it for the background music. What makes the experience much more fun and authentic is paying attention to the small details. I asked the guests to bring either champagne, red wine, white wine or port so that it cut the expense down for me. For my second party, the theme was Alice in Wonderland. Instead of serving a meal, I opted to serve theme appropriate fairy bread, tarts, sandwiches, cakes, cookies, and pies. I made everything from scratch and it took some time; however, you don't need to go to that extreme if you don't want to. You can ask your guests to bring a plate of something if you like. Find a system that works for you. Renting a costume for the event can be expensive, so to help with a tight budget guests can borrow a costume, shop at a charity store, or create something from clothing they already have.

Game instructions are usually very thorough, and they will even show you how to create dialogue pamphlets for each character. There are also clues and evidence for the party and the solution (which should be put in a sealed envelope and hidden). All you need to do is follow the party pack instructions and enjoy yourself at the event. You do want to be certain that the game you have chosen is age appropriate. If kids or teenagers are coming then you might need to choose a younger game. For my parties, I chose games for adult age members and they were a lot of fun but also scandalous!

Murder mystery parties are fun for several reasons. It is a lot of fun to dress up in a character costume. It is refreshing to play the role of someone different. It is great to be surrounded by fun and interesting people. It is also really enjoyable to drink great wine and eat delicious food. It is fun to put your brain to work to analyze the clues and solve the murder mystery. Your guests will walk away from the party raving about what a good time they had and you will probably feel a sense of satisfaction in knowing that you made it happen!

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