Thursday, May 17, 2012

Murder Mystery Party!


For Jordan's birthday we had SUCH a fun party for him. We'd been wanting to do a murder mystery dinner party, but didn't have the space in our one bedroom apartment. We decided to ask my kind parental unit if we could use their lovely abode, and they obliged! It was the PERFECT place for it.

Okay maybe I should explain what a murder mystery party is for those of you who don't know. Here's how it goes.

1. There's a theme. Ours was the murder of a millionaire.

2. You buy a packet online that comes with everything you need to play. It can be a small group or a large group, there are ones for all sizes. We had 17 people and I think that any more than that would have been difficult.

*Ours was from www.nightofmystery.com*

3. Everyone gets a character ahead of time. You are the only one who really knows about your character - your life, background, relationships with other characters, secrets, etc. You learn all about your character and come to the party as your character. And dressed like him/her of course. :)

4. When you get to the party, you mingle with the other characters and receive your first envelope. In that envelope there are objectives to complete and questions you should ask others, along with some fake money. You may find out more about yourself and your secrets too. You can use the money to bribe people to tell you secrets, or to keep yours quiet!

5. After dinner and when everyone completes what their first envelopes told them to do, you receive a second envelope. In our party this was after the reading of the millionaire's will (why we were gathered together). There may also be another murder! It probably depends on the party.

6. The second envelope tells you if you are the murderer. If you're not the murderer, it tells you more info about yourself and others they may help you figure it out. 

7. You spend the rest of the party trying to figure out who did it and why!
 
It is SO fun. People got really into it. It wasn't a simple plot whatsoever. (Only 2 out of 17 figured it out at our party.) There were so many different motives and crazy characters whose stories intertwined. And it was hilarious to see our friends acting out the characters. For instance one of my best friends was my rival at the party so we were fighting the whole time. As in literally pushing each other, haha. The more you get into it, the better time you have.
 
You can still completely play when you host it. Jordan and I had no idea who the murderer was or about anyone's secrets, even though we arranged the whole thing. 
 
There are prizes, too! Whoever guesses the murderer right at the end gets a prize. There are also awards for Best Dressed, Best Acting, and Most Money.
 
Here is Jasmine Rochester and Reilly Ravish. (Also known as me and Jordan.)


And that was my prom dress from my junior year of high school, haha. Can't believe that was seven years ago!

Here is my friend Sarah whom I was referring to earlier, and her man Dane. (Neal Worthers and Jessica Rochester) You can see why Sarah won Best Dressed!
 

People were getting INTENSE about this. They kept having secret conversations in the "office" and I caught these two listening in on one. 


Here I am with my daughter Katherine. (My friend Amy.) We were snobby, obviously.
 

And of course, I can't leave out the pool boy - Fabio Fabulous. (Amy's fiance Eric.) He tied with Sarah for Best Dressed!
 

If you are throwing a murder mystery party anytime soon or want to - please don't hesitate to ask me about it! We were kinda anxious about how it would go, but it was fantastic. We definitely want to have another one. I think next time we may do a Western themed one. :)

Have you thrown any fun parties lately? I need some more good ideas - my birthday is 2 months from today!
 
 
Ashley

11 comments:

  1. Brittany ColemanMay 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    yes! have another, because i'm so sad i missed out on this one :)

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  2. How fun does this sound???! I've heard about these, but never really known the details. Now I can't wait to host one myself... If we do, I'll certainly be asking you for suggestions :-)

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  3. Oh my gosh! That looks so fun! I bet it was hilarious!

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  4. That looks like SOO much fun!!! I really want to do this!!

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  5. I might need to do this for my next birthday. It looks like a blast!

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  6. What an amazing idea! It looks like you all had a great time.

    This is definitely something I will be looking into for parties down the road... Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Just found your blog! The party looks like it was so fun! I'll definitely have to host one myself someday.

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  8. Awesome party!! I hope you enjoyed it. I think you should include murder mystery games in your party to make it more funny. Well thanks for sharing this such a nice post.

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  9. Hi! I'm looking for a mystery dinner for my husband's birthday and this one sounds great! I wanted to ask you if it has any unchristian relational sub-plots (like marital affairs) as part of the story. We are Christians too, so I don't want anything like that. Some kits I've seen say "intertwined relationships" which makes me worried! Was this one clean?

    Thanks!
    Annie

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