Murder mystery parties were once only enjoyed by the elite because they often required expensive props to create the perfect atmosphere and set the stage for the night’s events. However, there are inexpensive ways to host the perfect murder mystery party without spending a small fortune. It only takes a good theme, some good friends to invite, and a lot of creativity.
Getting Ideas for the Plot
Every good mystery party needs an equally good plot as the backdrop for the evening’s entertainment. Here is where many people struggle and why they spend so much on those mystery kits online or in your local novelty shops. Actually, what you can do is look back at some of the old Agatha Christie movies or watch an old episode or two from that now-famous series of days gone by, Kojak.
For any who may not remember, Telly Savalas played the lead homicide detective in the hugely popular American television series. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned crime dramas anyway and for that matter, whatever became of Telly Savalas? You might find what you are looking for on sites like richestlifestyle.com, which offer highlights and tidbits about the net worth of famous celebs.
How to Create the Invitation
Perhaps the most important aspect of a murder mystery party is the invitation. This is where you give guests the plot and assign characters, so you may want to make each invitation a bit unique. You can list the characters on the invitation template but keep ‘secret’ details pertinent to each character separate. You don’t want to give away too much or it wouldn’t be a mystery!
Begin with a Themed Dinner
Since hosting a murder mystery party usually begins at dinner, you will want to make your dinner thematic as well. For example, if set in a different era, prepare foods that would have graced tables of the day. Some foods simply didn’t enter our diets until recent years when the Internet and global travel became such a big part of everyday life. Stay away from international foods, which wouldn’t have been eaten by the average household of the day, and if you are hosting a party set in High Society, do make sure to assign a butler and a serving maid. Who knows, maybe it really was the butler who did it!
Costumes Add that Extra Bit of Authenticity
If you are going to do it, do it right! Costumes are an absolute must! However, you don’t need to rent a costume in most cases or buy a vintage dress or tux. Simply visit your local thrift shop to find used clothing you can alter to fit the time period. Your costumes don’t have to be expensive, but they should be as authentic as possible to the era and backdrop of your plot.
Murder mystery parties are a fun way to get a group of friends together for dinner with a glass or two of wine. As a friendly caution, go easy on the wine at dinner because your guests must be on their toes without revealing too much about the character they play! Remember, you can host a mystery party which isn’t going to cost much more than the food on the table, but what you will spend a lot of is time. Developing the plot and printing personalized invitations will take some doing, but the fun you’ll have is well worth every moment. Enjoy and remember – it isn’t always the butler!