Murder Mystery Dinner Party (What to Do)

hey there today we are sharing
everything you need to know about hosting or going to a murder-mystery
dinner party we got invited to a murder-mystery dinner party and we did
not know what we were going to do when we got to the party like how do you play
how do you host what’s going to happen when you get to the dinner mystery
mystery dinner party pop into my video and I will share with you thank you for
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is minimal dress up minimal setup and tons of fun at a murder-mystery dinner
party you can search online for all kinds of kits that are for your number a
group of people there are some for single adults couples teenagers kids
some of them do not have the word murder in them for younger kids before you even
get to your murder mystery dinner party all you know is that someone was
murdered and all of you are the suspects and what your background information is
and a costume idea or suggestion but no dress up is mandatory why am i a number
one fan of murder mystery dinner parties because you are going to be laughing and
talking with people you don’t know or your best friends ever the people who
are shy are going to come out of their shell because they’re in character mode
this is a great team-building exercise for work people or just to get to have
some good fun with your friends I do recommend not having kids at the murder
mystery dinner party because you are going to have a script at the dinner
party and you need everyone to be at the table to hear the script and the clues
that happen when everyone’s talking you can also download some kits online if
you buy them or you can just buy a kit for a small group of people or a large
group of people there are so many variations of murder mystery dinner
parties and there is no time schedule there is a
script so it could last about two hours three hours but you can take a break
anytime during the dinner party and just chitchat so there’s no set time schedule
it’s just so fun you will be so surprised
here are the leader responsibilities so for us we had one lady who wanted to
host but did not want to take care of the details so we got a leader who first
decided on a couple of dates and you have to know for sure that these couples
are going to be there because that is what kind of kit you’re going to buy
like we knew there were going to be four couples so we bought a kit for three
couples and then there are two bystanders who are the leader and her
husband maybe who don’t have a lot of talking parts but they are going to take
control of the details in your kit you’re also going to have mailing
invitations that gives each person a little background about their character
so after the leader finds out who’s going to be able to be at the party she
then sends the email and in the email she just copied word-for-word in an
invitation of each person’s character for instance I made up my own because
once you’ve done this you cannot do it again because you know who the murderer
is so here is a sample email that I would have sent out if I was the leader
poor Caprice wagon died three years ago and each of you is a suspect
Polk’s toboggan you were her husband you are a German car dealer whose company
filed for bankruptcy four years ago but came out of it just a year later costume
ideas sleazy car salesman pants and shirt and huh greasy hair German accent
Kim Kardashian do you see the theme now Kim Kardashian you’re dripping in jewels
you can buy anything you want after your car broke down on i-10 during a
hurricane you have been in the limelight ever since Hollywood loves you and a
dress would be lots of jewels Autobahn is a husband football player okay he’s
not ever paying for the dates that he and Kim Kardashian are going on
Mini Cooper is this faithful servant who is now the heir of all of Caprice wagons
billions so you can see that every character has a guilty part like each
one of them could be the real murderer but you won’t find out until the night
of the mystery dinner party so in the email you have the description of what
each character is so everyone who is on the email list is going to see those
character write-ups and they can dress up
I got a cheap crown and then tarnished it with gold spray paint and I found a
dress at the Goodwill store on the day of the party for $4 if I had not found
that I was just gonna wear a nice dress and get a boa at Party City or at
Michaels you do not need to dress up that’s what I’m trying to say so you
have sent the email so that everyone sees this all of the characters and
costume ideas and they also see that they need to bring something to eat the
leader is responsible or the host if they want to the leader is responsible
for making sure people have signed up to bring food we had appetizers and I
highly suggest having lots of appetizers because you’re gonna have those out when
people are coming in taking pictures and milling around and then you bring those
appetizers to the dinner table and that’s where you’re gonna do like two
different rounds for like an hour before you eat the actual meal so have lots of
appetizers and then we had one main dish and then people brought appetizers and
they brought bread wine and then we had a dessert round okay and our kid did
come with place cards you can use them we did not because one was missing
there’s minimal decoration involved now in our party planner book there was an
entire menu what to shop for at the grocery store it was like exactly what
foods to have and exactly what napkins to use we did not do any of that because
it’s too high maintenance for what night we wanted to pull off everyone is milled
around and we’ve moved the appetizers to the dinner table and you as the leader
will have a CD and so that CD is going to introduce
basically say what the emails said that there was a murder and all of you as a
suspect please read your background information and stop when you see a
picture of the stop sign so as the leader you pass out everyone’s booklet
and they can only see they’re named like Papa Vito Marilyn Marlowe that’s who I
was in the inside of the each person’s booklet it is their own background
information they can only read that part and the main role is is that you cannot
lie if someone accuses you have something you cannot lie but you can
make people think that someone else is guilty by deflecting the truth but you
have to tell the truth for what you do know okay so you’re going to read your
background information that tells you some guilty things that nobody knew
about but somebody does and they’re going to bring it up during the party
that kind of thing the leader and her husband are going to be the minimal
characters they do very little talking because they took care of the details
and they’re leading the CD playing and they’re gonna say okay is everybody done
reading the background information okay now we go to part one so the leader will
know exactly what she’s supposed to say during each round after each person has
silently read their background information then it will say now you can
start round one script and this is like a three page easy short script where
each person has the entire script and you’re going to read all of it
word-for-word and it just sets up the mystery
okay so you’ve finished with the script because everyone sees the word stop or a
picture of the stop sign at the bottom of their page then the leader is
instructed in her booklet to play the CD and now it is round one it’s like a 30
second CD recording that says okay now round one you have accusations that
you’re supposed to accuse people of your character and then you also have
responses and it tells you in your booklet who is going to accuse you and
what your response is going to be like here is my example that I made up
so in Kim Kardashian’s booklet her first part is accusation so sometime during
this time of round one she is going to need to accuse mini-cooper of something
she’s supposed to accuse her of knowing where every one of the diamonds and the
Vagan mansion is point out that she is now the heir of Capri swaggins Millions
did she change the paperwork then you wait for her response and so then in
mini coopers booklet she has respond to Kim Kardashian
whenever she accuses you of something another thing that Kim Kardashian might
have is accused pulse dragon no one knows but he inherited $500,000 when his
wife died three years ago bring up the convenient happening of his company
filing for bankruptcy a year before she died and then coming out of bankruptcy
the year she died and then on Kim Kardashian’s page it has response so she
knows that pokes toboggan is going to accuse her of something and this is what
her response is going to be it’s true that that is my real name it was a
little embarrassing I was in shock that my dad was the captain of that Exxon
Valdez so leak I do not have ties to him any longer and there never was a
cover-up I share my hard-earned money with my current boyfriend Otto bond now
this is where during the accusing and the responding round one is this is
where everyone can ad-lib they’re going to really ham it up but if you were
holding pokes waggons little booklet his page says accusation accused Kim
Kardashian of her false identity so he might say oh Kim Kardashian you and that
is not German whatsoever um you think say you’re you are you really Kim
Kardashian it’s not German at all okay so you’re accusing her you’re getting
into the moment you accuse her that her father was really the captain of the
ship Valdez all that leaked oil everywhere so your guests are going to
understand when they see their little booklet of accusations and responding
they’re going to understand what to do it’s so easy and you as the leader are
going to have that in your character booklet of the accusations and
responding and this is what we do we just start and it kind of goes as long
as people want it to go they can keep digging keep bringing up that Kim
Kardashian is not her real name that kind of thing it is so much fun when we
were done with the background silent reading and the first word-for-word
script and then round one of accusation and responses we just stopped for dinner
and we just chitchat it like we didn’t do party mode or anything anything from
the script at all we just ate and enjoyed each other’s company and then we
picked it up for round two in round three and then had dessert somewhere in
there and at the end then it’s going to say okay now the the leader is going to
say okay this is the last round and that’s when the leaders booklet says
okay in this round to say that now is the time when you are going to point to
someone who you think is guilty and tell them why and then that person who is the
murderer only finds out that he or she is the murderer on that last page of
round three and so she or he is still trying to deflect blame and then the
leader would finally say okay that person is the culprit this is such a
good way to get to know your friends and your enemies and to bring people out of
their shells and just it is so much fun I hope you feel educated I hope you feel
empowered and pumped up to have your own to host it to be a leader or to go to
one and no kind of what to expect at your murder-mystery dinner party thanks
for popping over

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  1. This caught my eye immediately as back in my 40’s I did MM Parties several times with family members. Once we did a block party type! Last one; back to family & close friends we did an overnight party! Of course we added on to our kit ideas; extra meals, an evening of accusations & responses, we even rented a movie & had popcorn. After Brunch on Sunday the murderer was exposed!!! Now in my 60’s I suggested we do another MM Party before the end of Summer. Previous parties we purchased inexpensive props from Thrift Stores, Dollar Tree, Party City, etc. And as you said, you can find items to wear to really feel the part or if you decide not to “dress the part”, that’s all right too. You made a very good point in suggesting not to have little ones if possible at your party as parents have to parent & unless you have an infant or can work your child somehow into the ambience it might take away from the scripting. We did have 2 little ones but we were able to incorporate them into the storyline as this was an overnight mystery, it was family, etc.
    Just what I’ve been looking to do again! TYFS
    {{{HUGGZ}}} ~Su
    from N E Ohio

  2. I loved participating in these parties many years ago. We have used the suggested menu and just bought pizza. Great suggestions Laurie!

  3. What a fun home party idea Laurie! I went to one years ago at a catering hall. Only problem I have is lots of singles, not as much couples. Great idea to put guests together!!

  4. If you not sure how many people will be there, you can buy kits that are flexible. Any people that don't show, their character is left out

  5. I’m trying to brainstorm and figure out how to do something like this with my Pampered Chef business! In home is easy, I’m try to figure out a way to do this over the internet hmmmmmm!!!! Lol thanks for the tips

  6. I am having my 55th Birthday Party in December of 2018, with an Masquerade Murder Theme, as i was browsing the web I seen your Touriel and I like it. So we will be useing your idea, we was going to go to hire someone, “but” gurl they wanted $1100,00 dollars for two hrs for my guest of 15-20 people so we decided to research it ourselves, and found you lol, I wanted to play clue because it reminds me of my auntie Nell, we use to play it with her every weekend that would be our family and friends night, we couldn’t wait to get home from school and my auntie home from work, the house was all set up with food and laughter and fun.
    So yeah, thank you very much Laurie for bring a pice of my auntie back in fun instead of an board game wish she could have seen this she would’ve loved it, so again thank you.

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