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Everything You Need To Know About Hosting A Murder Mystery Dinner Party

This playbook will guide you through hosting your best event yet. Let's go!
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We all know a man who just loves to entertain. He's the life of the party, always has a witty comment, and knows how to make everyone feel comfortable. When you're planning a party, he's the first person you call. But what if you could be that guy? The one who throws the party that everyone talks about for weeks afterward?

You can be that guy – and it's not as hard as you might think. All you need to do is put on your creative hat, grab some supplies and get our Envy Murder Mystery Dinner Party kit. You'll have everything you need in just a few hours to pull off a successful evening of intrigue, deception, and delicious food.
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What is a Murder Mystery Dinner Party?

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We all know the basic premise of a murder mystery: someone is killed, and everyone has to figure out who did it. Just like a night in the Transylvania hotel or a Cluedo session, a murder mystery dinner party is all about trying to solve a crime. The twist? You're doing it over dinner, and everyone at the table is a suspect. Our Envy Murder Mystery Escape Room Dinner Party kit comes with everything you need to host a successful event. All you need is to place the order, and our high wizards will have it transported to your doorstep in no time. One interesting thing about our at-home escape room kits is that they are not limited to just dinner parties. You can then host parties for:

  • • Team building events
  • • Birthday parties
  • • Bachelorette/Bachelor parties
  • • And more!

How Exactly Does A Murder Mystery Dinner Party Work?

While most of us are familiar with the general concept of a murder mystery, not everyone knows exactly how they work. Here's a quick rundown:

  • • One of the guests is assigned to be the murderer.

  • • The other guests are given character profiles that detail their personality, background, and relationship with the victim and other guests.

  • • During the dinner party, guests will mingle and interact in character.

  • • The murderer will try to throw suspicion off of themselves by acting like one of the other characters.

  • • Guests will use their detective skills to try to figure out who the killer is.

  • • At the end of the party, everyone will vote on who they think the killer is. The guest with the most votes is the winner!

As you can see, it's just like a scene from one of those classic detective novels. But instead of reading about it, you get to be a part of the story.

(NOTE: The Envy murder mystery escape room kit does things a little differently. Instead of a social deduction game, it's an escape room puzzle game, where you work together to reveal the full story as you solve puzzles).

Now that you know the basics let's get into the nitty-gritty of how to host your own murder mystery dinner party.

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Pick A Theme

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The first step in planning any party is to pick a theme. This will set the tone for the entire evening and help you choose the right decorations, food, and activities. It's also a good way to get your guests excited about the event.

Our 1920's Gatsby-style murder mystery game is perfect for those who love the Roaring Twenties. If you're looking for something a little more contemporary, our Rebel Revolt Kit takes place in the present day. And for those who want to go back in time, our Lost Mummy game will transport you to ancient Egypt.

Whichever theme you choose, make sure to let your guests know in the invitations so they can dress the part. It's always more fun when everyone gets into character!

Send Out Invitations

The next step is to send out invitations. You can either hand-write them or use one of our free printable templates. Just make sure to include all the important information, such as the date, time, location, and theme of the party.

If you want to take things up a notch, you can even include a "character profile" with each invitation. This will give your guests a taste of what their character is like and get them excited for the evening ahead.

You can also use online invitations for a more modern approach. Just be sure to include all the same information as you would for a paper invite.

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Prepare The Food

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No dinner party is complete without food! When it comes to murder mystery dinners, the sky's the limit. You can either prepare the food yourself or order catering.

If you're going the DIY route, we recommend choosing dishes that fit your party's theme. For example, you can't go wrong with a 1920s-inspired menu of canapés and champagne for a Great Gatsby murder mystery.

If you're short on time or not the best cook, ordering catering is no shame. We recommend choosing a menu that's easy to eat while mingling and won't require too much time spent in the kitchen.

Set The Scene

Now it's time to get the party started! The first step is to set the scene. This means decorating your space to match the theme of your party.

If you're not sure where to start, take a look at our blogs. We've got loads of ideas for how to decorate your space, whatever theme you're going for.

Once the decorations are up, it's time to set the mood with some music. Again, this should be in keeping with the theme of your party. For example, 1920s jazz for a Great Gatsby murder mystery or rebel rock for a Rebel Revolt dinner party.

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Start The Game

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Now that everything is set up, it's time to start the game! If you're using one of our murder mystery kits, simply follow the instructions to get started.

If you're making up your own game, start by giving each guest their character profile. Then, let them mingle and get to know each other.

Once everyone is in character, it's time to start the investigation. This is when the fun really starts! Encourage your guests to ask each other questions and look for clues.

The game will come to an end when the murderer is revealed. At this point, you can either have a prize for the winning team or simply enjoy the satisfaction of having solved the crime!

End The Night On A High Note

Once the game is over, it's time to say goodbye to your guests. Thank them for letting them know they're free to go.

We recommend serving dessert if you want to end the night on a high note. This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in something sweet and delicious.

And that's it! You did it! You've successfully hosted your very own murder mystery dinner party. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

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