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
1920s 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
  • 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. 
  • 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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What’s an Interactive Murder Mystery Party

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Murder Mystery Parties. All You Need to Know on How To Host a Murder Mystery Party for Kids, Pre-Teen, Teens and Adults.

 

1. Can you explain the difference between an interactive murder mystery party versus other kinds of murder mystery parties?

An interactive murder mystery game is different from other types of mystery party games in various ways:

  • An interactive murder mystery game allows for a greater number of players, especially sleuth players of which an unlimited number may be permitted in some games.
  • In addition, there is usually a bit more going on in each character’s world. The suspects and/or sleuths may have several issues to navigate such as:  solving the crime, covering up guilt and possibly the need to hide relationships with other characters. If your character’s description indicates that  you are the murderer , you will be quite busy attempting to conceal your motive and not appear guilty.
  • Unless you have 6 or less players, interactive mystery games are seldom sit-down dinner games. The players mingle among each other striking up conversations with the intent of gathering clues that will be used to solve the crime.

    Murder Mystery Suspects Sleuths
    Murder Mystery Suspects Sleuths
  • Suspect characters are provided with their character description and with specific information that they can share with other suspects and/or sleuths. The suspects are also provided with hide information, which they should not share unless asked a specific question regarding that information.
  • While some interactive mysteries allow for the party host to play along, it is generally best for the host to refrain from playing a suspect or a sleuth. The host can then concentrate on keeping the game organized and moving along. The host can also be helpful to guests who may have questions while playing the game.

2. What kind of themes are available for murder mystery games?

Murder mysteries are written by mystery authors and are, therefore, available in an almost infinite number of themes and story lines.

3. Can I buy a non-murder mystery game for my kids, pre-teen, teens and other children?

Definitely, yes. Non-murder mysteries are available for almost all age groups.

4. Are there mystery games available for all female players?

Murder Mystery Suspect Sleuth Sherlock
Murder Mystery Suspect Sleuth Sherlock
Yes, you can. There are numerous mystery game themes  designed just for women.

5. Can I find mystery games with holiday themes?

Yes, absolutely. There are mystery games available for just about every holiday. There are even Christmas Mysteries for children girls ages 8-12+.

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