This past year I decided to throw a Halloween party, and here we are, in January, talking about it.
I'm nothing if not prompt.
How to throw an epic and ridiculously fun Murder Mystery Party for your friends (you know you want to):
I bought my game from Dinner and a Murder. I purchased the PDF version for download because it was cheaper. I didn't factor in the fact I had invited 50 people, and the amount of printing and stapling I had to do was insane and annoying. Do yourself a favor and buy the box set. Especially if you are having more than 15 guests. Unless you want to have the same party again, because you can use the PDF files as often as you like.
This party took place in the 1920's at a Speakeasy. I decided to transform my house into a secret and exclusive "juice joint". I will be honest and say I didn't enjoy the graphics and font on the games from Dinner and a Murder, but I liked the way the games were formatted and how they offer you the ability to add characters as needed. I didn't use the invitations or covers for the booklets they provided, instead I made my own. It took extra time but I felt it was important to set the right tone, and I wanted the tone to be more of a reference to the 1920's than to computer clip art.
I purchased these invitations at Target, and printed out the text on ye old printer. To add to the fun, I included a password: "Horsefeathers! Pass the hooch!" No password, no admittance. And because I'm hilarious, I didn't give everyone a password, or an official invite. Instead I gave them extra "money" and told them they'd have to bribe their way past the bouncer (one of my friends played a gangster disguised as a bouncer).
One of my girlfriends decided to go with the crying route and she didn't have to pay a dime and still got in. Apparently "Al Capone" is a huge softie.
|I added red nail polish for a murderous touch|
My mother spent several months thinking that a "Speakeasy" was a movie theater until the day I was discussing booze for the party. Speaking of booze, these were the party favors:
I found free printables on here,and made my artsy friend help me cut and mod podge them to tiny bottles of gin I purchased at Bev Mo for about a dollar each. They looked amazing when we were done, which was a good thing because they took forever.
For the entrance I snagged these beaded curtains from Save on Crafts. It's a pretty neat website for party decorations that aren't made from cardboard.
My husband (who is in the forefront with suspenders and a cigar!) hung these Christmas lights from the ceiling. It was an affordable way to make a big impact. If you look on the back wall you can make out a painting of Charlie Chaplain. My friend Jess is a great artist and she had painted both Charlie and a reproduction Mucha which I demanded she lend me. It was free and beautiful. Thanks Jess!
Vintage cameras and calendar from Jessica's collection, cigar boxes from ebay, pearl necklaces and feather boa's from my friend Adriana, gin bottle party favors, and bubble gum cigarettes from Amazon.com. If you do purchase cigarettes from Amazon, get the bubble gum ones. They're more expensive than the candy but they blow fake smoke and you can't put a price on fake smoke.
The black puffy balls are from Oriental Trading Co. and the lace tablecloth is from my mother. I also managed to procure a ridiculous amount of doilies.
The plastic grapes and the red votive candles are from a friend. The plates and napkins were at Target. They were hilarious so I bought them. I should have purchased more cups, but what did I know?
Votive candles in mason jars lit up the back porch area.
|The Front Door with a poster purchased from Amazon.com. I turned off the lights outside and didn't rake leaves to make it seem like an abandoned building.|
Click here to see the COSTUMES (which were AMAZING) and read about the murders and playlist. This party was so much fun for me to plan, and I had a blast seeing my friends looking fabulous.
If you want to see my inspiration board, here it is on Pinterest. Pretty much all the blurry pictures in this post were taken by me, and the good ones were shot by my friend Candi. Thanks Candi!
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