So I haven’t updated much recently and that’s something I’m hoping to change now that the Christmas madness is over and done with. However what better thing to post about than our latest Murder Mystery party?
My best friend Amy has already posted about the party over at Cocktails in Teacups, so please head over there once you’ve read this!
|Night of Mystery Website – Ho Ho Homicide|
I bought the Murder Mystery from a site called Night of Mystery. They have a huge amount of choice in all sorts of genres and their Christmas one was exactly what I was looking for. I paid $45 (which is approximately £30) which is way more than I would usually spend on one, but as I said it was exactly what I was looking for and everyone invited agreed to pay £2.50 towards the cost. If you have a poke around their site you will notice that they offer a good amount of information before you need to buy anything, so you definitely know what you’re getting for your money. On top of that they offer individual websites geared to each murder mystery, to offer you additional ideas and support. This is the one for Ho Ho Homicide (the party we had). The purchase is an instant download, which is ideal for people like me who like to buy it and immediately start planning. I wasn’t disappointed in the 80 page PDF file I was sent!!
The information you are sent is incredibly thorough. They include all the usual host information, along with invites and character information for all, but on top of that there are also posters and signs to print out, gift tags and labels for bottles, certificates and much more. There is even invitations you can email out to guests in another pdf file. All in all, it definitely seemed like it was worth paying a bit more than usual. Anyway… the evening turned out brilliant and that definitely made it worth it.
This is how my dinning table looked, all ready for myself and the eleven guests. The whole house was decorated for Christmas anyway so that made it feel even better, not having to decorate additionally. That said I still bought special bauble name card holders, Santa and Mrs Claus Salt & Pepper pots, Christmas serving spoons and so on.
As part of the murder mystery we were also supposed to have fake money in order to bribe each other with. However we decided it would be far more fun (and far more worth bartering for) if we used Candy Canes. Each person had two envelopes full of information, name badges, and a bundle of 10 candy canes.
While I don’t want to spoil any of the murder mystery for you, I think its safe to say that all the characters were Christmasy. Chris and I took on Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, while everyone else was split into reindeers and elves.
The elves all dressed completely differently, but at the same time still all managed to look alike. There was a lot of shaking bells too, on hats and shoes!
Without knowing each other was going to do it, all the reindeers chose to dress in onsies. This was hilarious (but apparently incredibly comfy too!).
The murder mystery itself was pretty good, though actually required more skill than we are used to in these things. I think if we were ever to purchase another from this site we might actually try and put a bit more effort into solving the murderer and actually looking at the evidence provided.
Since I wanted to serve Christmas dinner, I decided to only do two courses. No starter, a full Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, carrots, parsnips, sprouts and so forth, then for dessert I just bought yuletide log and cream as I was concerned people would be too full to warrant making anything special. It all seemed to go down well – except for the eggnog we tried our hand at making. That should definitely have been drunk warm when we first made it, not two hours later!
At the end of the night we all exchanged Christmas gifts, cards etc and it was lovely, especially being only 4 days before Christmas. Its by far one of my favourite murder mysteries to date – because of the friends, the game itself, the time of year and everything else combined!
We’ll now be having a break in murder mysteries, until at least March. However we’re likely to have the odd board game night instead so maybe I’ll post about them instead. Until then, I’ll leave you with my favourite picture from the whole evening.