3 Easy Steps – How to Host a Mystery Party

3 Easy Steps on How to Host an Intriguing DIY Murder Mystery Party. Your Guests will Absolutely Love You as they Play Murder Mystery Suspects and Sleuths!

Hosting an interactive murder mystery party is fun and easy! Your guests will find it so exciting to play the characters and murder suspects at your murder mystery party. Here’s everything you need to know about how to host a murder mystery party.

STEP 1

Decide How your Murder Mystery will be Played:
  • Will it be played and performed as a murder mystery dinner party for adults, teens or children?
  • Will you provide a buffet with light entrees and snacks to be enjoyed during the murder mystery?
  • Will you ask each of your guests to bring a potluck dish?

    Party Food Buffet Table
    Party Food Buffet Table
  • Will your party be a mystery only party, without a murder, for teens and children?
  • If your murder mystery party is for adults you must consider how drinking may affect your mystery. If alcohol will be served, consider how you will move the murder mystery along in a timely matter before the party becomes too laid back for mystery solving. I’m just saying…

STEP 2

Choose the Theme of your Murder Mystery:
All Female Murder Mystery Party
All Female Murder Mystery Party
Murder mystery theme parties are available in various themes:
  • Halloween Themes
    • Haunted Mansion Setting
    • Horror Theme
    • Costume Party
1920s flappers costumes Al Capone cardboard stand-up
1920’s flappers costumes Al Capone cardboard stand-up standee
  • Back in Time Themes – Popular Decades
    • 1920’s –Roaring Twenties Gangsters, Flappers, Prohibition, Speakeasy
    • 1950’s –50’s Rock ‘n Roll music, Beach Party
    • 1960’s –Hippies, Flower Child, 60’s Rock ‘n Roll, Mini-skirts, Go-go Dancers
    • 1970’s –Disco Music and Dirty Dancing
    • 1980’s –Music Videos, E.T., Valley Girl

 

 

  • Historical Times Themes
    • Egyptian
    • Renaissance
    • Victorian
    • American Old West Town and Cowboys
Old West Cowgirl Mystery Theme Party
Old West Cowgirl Mystery Theme Party

murder mystery

 

  • Other Popular Murder Mystery Party Themes
    • Fairy Tale Characters
    • Fantasy
    • High Society
    • Hollywood Movie Stars
    • Corporate Business Office Party
    • Masquerade Ball
    • Mardi Gras Dinner Party  
    • Winery Vineyard
    • Holiday Themes: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah
  • All Female – Women Only Murder Mystery Party
    • Spa Salon Theme
    • Roaring Twenties Flapper Speakeasy

      Murder Mystery 20s Flapper Speakeasy Sherlock Holmes
      Murder Mystery 20s Flapper Speakeasy Sherlock Holmes
  • Teen or Children’s Mystery Party Themes
    • Many popular murder mystery party game themes are available for kids, pre-teen, and teens. There are even some  non-murder mystery solving party games for children  that do not involve a “murder” as part of the game.
  • Custom Murder Mystery Party Themes
    • Many Murder Mystery Party Game sellers are willing to “custom fit” a theme for you upon request.

STEP 3

Decide which Murder Mystery Party Kit to Buy:

3 murder mystery party kit options are listed below. I came up with these options to help you decide which murder mystery party game to buy according to your budget, party theme and party guests.

  • Option 1
    • Now that you have decided what type of theme you would like for your Murder Mystery Party, you will need to find a Murder Mystery Party that works for your group of party guests.  If you are throwing a small and intimate party, such as for only four to six guests, you may decide to go with a Murder Mystery Party Board Game.  However, if you are planning to host a murder mystery party for more than six guests, you have more options. Numerous online businesses offer murder mystery party kits. The cost of the murder mystery will depend on several things including the number of guests who will play characters/murder suspects.
  • Option 2
    • Some murder mystery kits are provided electronically and must be downloaded from an online store. This means that after downloading the murder mystery party kit, you will need to print all the materials for the game. This is more of a DIY murder mystery party option in which you will need to print party invitations, game instructions, and suspect descriptions. There will also be other information that you will need to print and provide to each suspect that usually includes information each suspect will need in order to play their character.

  Murdermystery Games

  • Option 3
    • For an additional cost, some murder mystery party kits provide just about you everything you will need. All the printed materials will be mailed to you and you will typically be required to pay for shipping. This mystery party pack usually includes printed invitations, game instructions, suspect descriptions, as well as the suspects share and withhold information. At first thought it may seem costlier to purchase and pay for the shipping of the game with the printed materials. However, with the DIY option you should consider the cost of ink, paper, and the work and time it will take to print and sort all the materials. In reality, you may find that there is not that much difference in cost between the DIY option versus the cost of purchasing a complete murder mystery party game kit and having all the printed materials shipped to you.

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Author: Eljay

Hi! I'm L.J. (Eljay). Welcome to my ezpzparties.com party blog. I have raised three children and I have many years of experience planning, organizing and hosting parties for adults and children. I was able to plan successful and fun parties on a shoestring. I never planned to become an event planner, it just happened over time. If I can do it so can you! I can steer you in the right direction for planning and hosting some really awesome parties. Read my blog and check out my Event Planner Gallery. You will discover lots of great party planning tips and ideas.