I don't have a butler, though, so that's right out.
September 22, 2011 10:49 AM Subscribe
How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party?
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Lately, I've been re-reading some favorite books from my childhood, and I was delighted to discover that The Westing Game was just as wonderful as I remembered it being. What I loved best about it was that all the necessary information to solve the mystery was presented at the beginning of the book (no final "gotchas" at the end), and solving the mystery required groups of people to work together, share clues, and cooperate. I also really like Clue (the movie), though I suspect Tim Curry won't be able to make it to my party.
Anyway, I started thinking: this would be fun to do with friends. While eating food.
I know they sell murder mystery party kits, but I'm not interested in those. I want to do it myself.
Things I have thought of so far:
-first and foremost, write an interesting little story with a mystery to solve
-hide physical clues around my apartment for people to find while milling about and socializing
-the food served can be a clue (e.g. the dessert is French and the killer has a French name)
-partial clues given to each person so they have to work together
Have any of you ever orchestrated something like this? How did it go? What would you do differently next time? Should I assign each person a specific character to play? TELL ME EVERYTHING!
It's more important for my friends to walk away thinking, "hey! that was pretty fun! phunniemee is kind of a dork, though," than "man, that was a rockin' party." Which is to say: I am open to any and all suggestions, no matter how corny they may be. I wear my dorkitude with pride.