To celebrate my 33rd birthday last month, Michael and I hosted a 1920’s-themed murder mystery dinner in our home. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and it really was a wild success. Interested in hosting your own in-home murder mystery or just getting inspired by our 1920’s theme? Read on!
How to Host a Murder Mystery Party
Hosting a murder mystery dinner can seem overwhelming. I actually thought we would need to bring in a company to run us through the game, but it’s much easier than that thanks to My Mystery Party.
My Mystery Party sells printable murder mystery kits that you can easily assemble yourself. As the host, you have a full host kit to walk you through all the necessary steps of hosting — from beginning to end. And if you’re worried about not being able to really play the game because you’re the
They have a ton of different themes for different age groups and difficulty levels. And they offer expansion packs, so you can host a party with anywhere from five to over 200 guests!
In addition to buying your game pack, there are a few other must-haves I would suggest:
- Cardstock for printing the actual game cards for each guest: I split the printing of the packet up so I could print the instructional pages on regular printer paper and the cards on cardstock.
- Paper guillotine: It just makes cutting everything easier and faster.
- Nice envelopes: Using high-quality envelopes for the game cards really elevated the experience in my opinion, and they weren’t very expensive.
- Printable labels for the envelopes: You’ll have individual envelopes for each guest at each round of gameplay, so it’s just easier and nicer looking to have printed labels for the envelopes.
- Name badge holders with printable name badges: I went with a clip-on option so that no one’s outfits would get damaged.
- A headband halo for the victim: the game pack from My Mystery Party will come with a printable sign for the victim, but I found that adding a halo really made it more obvious that person “died.”
- Props and decor for your theme (but read on for that!)
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1920’s-themed Party Inspiration
Like I mentioned, there are tons of different party themes you can choose from at My Mystery Party. We selected one of two Gatsby-inspired parties because I just love everything about the
I made our front door sign using a free vector background I found online and the Park Lane font (also free). It’s just printed on normal printer paper, cut and then glued to a nice heavy piece of black scrapbook paper.
The majority of my decor focus went to the bar. Because the
For cocktails, we kept it pretty simple by having ingredients for two popular 1920’s cocktails: old fashioned and the bee’s knees. Plus, we had champagne (obvi!).
For the food, we went with easy hors d’oeuvres that we could make earlier in the day and set out for everyone to enjoy throughout the night. Again, we stuck to the 1920’s theme with the following menu:
- Deviled eggs
- Shrimp cocktail
- Finger sandwiches
- Waldorf salad
And really outside of that, I grabbed some gold and black balloons for around the bar and made an ostrich feather centerpiece for our dining table using a foam bouquet holder and a simple vase I had lying around.
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The key to a good theme party is that everyone dresses to the theme, and I have to say, I was super impressed with our friends and their outfits for the party!
Michael and I got ours almost entirely from Amazon. Who knew they had such great 1920’s costumes there?!
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This was our first murder mystery party, but it certainly won’t be our last. Thanks to My Mystery Party for supplying us with a game pack — can’t wait to try another theme soon!
Disclosure: My Mystery Party provided a complimentary game pack for my honest review.