If there’s one thing that’s consistent about adult trends, it’s that we love dressing up and pretending we murdered someone.
I’m talking mystery. I’m talking murder. I’m talking about a murder mystery party.
And -YOU’RE invited. Mwahahahaha!
Or, you will be, once you receive an invitation like this one:
Halloween ideas of party décor are a great reference for setting the scene.
I just love the creepy atmosphere this setup creates, with the candles and dark table runners.
Your decorations will reflect whatever theme you have for the mystery, so plan according to that.
Whether you’re going with Roaring Twenties, Halloween haunts, island getaway, Clue, Sherlock Holmes, or Jane Austen; some classic decoration items will work for any theme.
Granted, that typewriter prop may need a few hibiscus flowers if you’re doing the tropical vacation idea. Still, I think it will work.
I’d definitely not forgo the drink with eyeball prop. Drink if you DARE.
This party group knows where it’s at. Their prohibition era antics have landed them in a lineup.
Hey -if you’re all suspects in a murder, I think mug shots are the perfect way to set up your party photo booth.
The 20’s are definitely the most popular mystery theme. I was even invited to one; but, you know, I have kids.
My neighbors were suddenly buying flapper dresses, fake cigarette holders, sequined head bands, feathers, suits and waistcoats, two tone wingtips, and glitzy high heels.
I passed one of them on the street. In response to, “Hello,” I got, “How is everything, old boy?”
Nothing says a party involving murder quite like this tongue-in-cheek banner.
“Till death do us party.”
If I were getting married again, I’d use it for that, too.
Besides classic typewriters and goblets of eyeballs, I think you need a chalk outline or two.
You can even make it on a black garbage bag like this, to avoid messy cleanups.
Pose your friends or your kids, or free-hand an outline. You can use white tape, chalk, or chalk markers.
Now, what to serve? Yeah-I know: we ought to serve revenge.
Besides that, I like the idea that the food will reflect the party theme.
This Jane Austen murder mystery asks for white soup, country ham and raisin sauce, roast potatoes, baked apple pudding with brandy sauce, and tea.
I just had to include these bloody cookies.
Morbid? Yes. Totally worth it? Yes.
All you have to do it splatter red food coloring on white sugar cookies. You can even buy the cookies all made from the store.
I recommend murdering your baked goods outside, though, to avoid a messy crime scene.
For planning the whole thing, check out The Dating Divas. They sell a movie murder mystery kit.
Boom! All the details done!
You can also steal a few of their ideas for your own shindig, like handing out awards for Best Dressed, Best Character, Cutest Couple, etc.
This works especially well for a movie theme; it’s like the Oscars!
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10. The Dating Divas