Hosting a Murder Mystery Party: 5 Easy Steps
Note that you as host choose whether you wish to serve dinner before, during or after the murder mystery. If you serve food that can largely be made in advance, then you can play the rounds in-between dinner courses; some hosts, however, find it easier to serve dinner and then play the whodunnit.
1 Host Chooses Theme, Buys Mystery Game & Downloads Kit
We suggest you check how many guests wish to play before purchase as diaries can clash.
2 Host Does Pre-Party Admin
Send guests party invites and pre-party booklets in advance so they can plan their costumes and understand their role. (This can be done days or weeks before your gathering.)
Print party booklets, clues, award certificates etc.
Prepare your decorations and food - and also your costume.
3 Party Night Begins
Once all guests have arrived, take group photo. (We find it best to do so at the start of the evening before people discard wigs etc.)
Optionally, start the evening with an optional Initial Mingling where guests learn the major themes of the murder mystery while enjoying backstabbing and scheming. (The instructions for this are in the guests' pre-party booklets.)
Hand out party booklets to each guest and ask two volunteers to read out the game instructions.
Play the Audio Introduction to set the scene for the murder mystery.
4 Main Part of the Party
You as host now have nothing to do except to play a role and enjoy the game.
Everyone play rounds 1-6. (Rounds 1-3 cover motives for killing; rounds 4-6 cover opportunities for killing.)
5 Party Ends
Guests make their accusations before playing the optional (but recommended) whodunnit round. This clears up many of the red herrings that the brief audio solition does not cover.
You as host now play the Audio Solution and then hand out award certificates for best solution, best acting and best costume.
Everyone relaxes and chats over coffee.