I am happy to report back that our Murder Mystery/Birthday Party was a huge success. We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to have an amazing time with it - something that I was relieved to hear, mostly because you just never know how these things are going to go over. We had such a great group for it though - everyone was so into it and embraced their roles - especially when it came to the costume part of it.
While you can create a murder mystery story on your own, I purchased a kit from the Night of Mystery. I highly recommend it if you're interested in throwing your own Murder Mystery Party. There are many, many different themes to go with. Since I really wanted us to all dress up and because I absolutely love Clue, I decided to go with the 1920s Mystery Manor-themed option - Murder of A Millionaire. The story was over-the-top and the characters were mostly hilariously named, but it made for fun night for all. A few tips for those looking to also do this:
1. Make sure to plan ahead! You'll need to know exactly how many people are attending so that each and every person can have a role.
2. Send out paper invites. After the number of guests is for sure, you can assign roles and send out the invitations. I was sure to use a wax seal on my own invitations for a bit more of an authentic feel. The fact that people actually got the invites in the mail seemed to just really make the whole thing more special and get people more excited about it.
3. Create your own awards. While part of the kit came with certificates for Best Acting, Best Dressed, and Most Wealth, I thought it would be way more fun to make these awards more personalized and more tangible. I bought a few trophies and a few dog figurines and made my own awards for the three categories (that you can see below). These awards were called the "Reggies", after my dog Reggie, and they were on full display throughout the night. They were awarded at the end of the night, as everyone casted their votes. It was actually my favorite part of the night.
Shout out to all of our guest who made this party amazing and so memorable. I highly recommend giving one of these parties a shot for your own shindig.
Have a great Wednesday!