How To Host Your Own Murder Mystery Party

 By: Kathryn Dawson
One of the best party ideas that is quickly becoming popular today is hosting your own murder mystery party. Yes, for a start it can sound quite daunting but if you read on, then surely, by the end of this article you will be more than ready to throw your own thrilling version of Cluedo. Once you successfully pull off one of these parties, there is a very good chance that your guests ask for seconds that can turn into a weekly or monthly source of entertainment. In fact, murder mystery nights are not only held exclusively in households, some banquet halls and party venues hold an event like this every so often because it is simply that enjoyable.

The very first decision you will have to make is the kind of murder mystery game you will ask your guests to play. An important factor you should consider here is the number of guests that will be present. Ensure that you have enough guests for each character. For instance if you choose to do a role play of Cluedo then you should have enough guests to take the role of Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, The Reverend Green, Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum. Of course, the number of guests can always exceed the number of characters. Extra guests can always participate in solving the crime.

Once you have decided which game to play cast you actors ahead of time and send them their brief character biographies in advance if you like. This gives them the time to memorise their scripts if there are any and can also ask them to come to the party in attire that match their roles. The last thing you want is to have one of your characters cancel out on the last minute which can be quite tricky to resolve. Of course, you can always cast characters on the day itself but this can be a tad chaotic and it will consume time before the game is played. An important part of casting is which guest gets a particular part. This is entirely up to you because this will be dependent on the different personalities of your guests and if they are actually willing to take up the role. Make sure that the characters you cast want the role. Otherwise, you run the risk of poor performance.

Now, in deciding the kind of food to serve, this will depend on the game play. If the game can be played just around the table while eating then a full course meal is the appropriate food to serve. However, if the game requires guests to mingle and talk to different characters, it will be best to serve finger food instead. You can also serve a full meal and have the game played afterwards during dessert or coffee. As mystery games usually involve a lot of talking, it is essential to stock up on drinks because sooner or later, your guests will start to feel thirsty.

The day before the party, make sure that you have all the props necessary for the game to be played. Also, as a host, it is your responsibility to set-up the stage and that means your home or an event venue where you plan to hold the party. No themed party happens without a little decorating here and there. This does not need to be expensive at all. All that is needed is a little imagination and creativity. You can use recycled materials to make your own props or better yet, this is where the toys of your children might come in handy. A toy gun for example.

And lastly, think deeply if you are up to this challenge. If you are not very comfortable doing this on your own but want to experience being a participant in a murder mystery party, do not despair. There are many banquet halls and party venues that organise murder mystery nights regularly. All that is needed is a quick search of venues that hold such events online. Invite your friends out for a night of thrilling fun and challenge each other on who solves the mystery first. You never know, you just might be the next Sherlock Holmes in the making.
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