Last Saturday night Fanny Bricewood's body was found in the back alley of the Half Moon Club in the Roaring 20's and Prohibition times- to celebrate a 50th Birthday with terrific characters and even better close friends.
We threw a fantastic Murder Mystery Party from Shot in the Dark Mysteries entitled, A Flapper Murder at the 1920's Speakeasy.
Being artsy people between contracts, my husband created all the graphics from the entrance sign, to matchbox covers, a Temperance Songbook (to take your detective notes), name tags and other various signs. We rented period bar stools and cruiser tables from a prop house and dressed up a Fanny Bricewood to reveal on the back deck when the murder was announced, made period specific canapes from Caprese Skewers, Cucumber cups stuffed with spicy crab to Champagne Jello Shots and of course I helped many of our guests with their costume pieces from my adored collection of treasures.
All our Suspects were given a loot bag (I'm in love with making loot bags!) with their name tag, a 1920's nickel, their temperance song book, character description cards and a set of handcuffs for when they found the real murderer. And at the end of the night I tucked Valentines notes in everyone's coat pockets that they hopefully will find one day when they wear their dress coat again and wonder where the heck did that came from?
A Murder Mystery is so unbelievably entertaining. You don't have to talk about real estate, politics or babies- instead everyone is gossiping about who has a gun in their garter and who had to hide behind a potted plant from someone else. Even those who were strangers at the beginning of the night were hugging it up upon tipsy departures. We're ready for our next one- I'm thinking murder at an 80's high school prom...just where am I going to find a gymnasium?
I highly recommend looking at Shot in the Dark Mysteries for their party games. You can chose and download them quite quickly (once you've been able to narrow it down!) and share the character descriptions with your guests via email. Many different themes from Westerns to Wizards to Disco, even child friendly ones, and you can choose a game based on how many guests you will be inviting. I fortunately found out about them from the founder Leigh who used to attend the same dance class as me.
Lastly, for those crafty types, here's a better pic of my green vintage button headband I made a couple years ago. Buttons range from Victorian to contemporary- there's even a 60's beaded earring in there, and for the party I backed it in left over feather fringe from Backstage Season II, and stuck rhinestone strips from the good old Dollarama. All sewn onto a thick, wide elastic with a satin bra elastic for the back of the head. Thrilled I got to bring it out again.
Just love dressing up, dressing other people up and talking about it. A lot. And laughing too.