Rather than holding a traditional dinner party or cocktail party, host a murder mystery party to provide your friends with a puzzle to solve over the course of the evening. Although many murder mysteries are designed for small dinner parties, you will find a number of options that work with a large group of 20 to 40 guests. Plan each stage of the party to ensure that it runs smoothly and your guests are able to solve the mystery.
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Purchase a murder mystery game from a website or retail store. Choose a game by reading the synopsis of the setting and characters and noting how many guests can participate. If you find a game you like that is for less than 20 guests, see if it has an expansion pack to allow more people to play.
Select a date for your party, trying to avoid holiday weekends when your potential guests might be out of town or busy with family events. You should start planning your party at least one month in advance.
Choose a location in which to hold the party, making it as similar to the location described in your game as possible. For example, consider renting a yacht for your party if your murder mystery game is set on a boat. Make sure your party location can comfortably hold 20 to 40 people in one room for the parts of the mystery that require everybody to be together. If holding it in your home is the only option, make sure your murder mystery fits your venue.
Make and send invitations for your party. Describe the basic premise of your murder mystery, and include the party time, date, location and an RSVP request. If you would like guests to come in costumes specific to the murder mystery setting and time period, mention this on the invitation.
Read the full instructions in your murder mystery game and carry out any preparations required to set up the scenario. For example, you may have to fold clue books for each guest or gather some props for use in the game.
Assign each of your confirmed guests with a character in your murder mystery. If you have not heard from invited guests, call one week before the party to see if they will be able to attend.
Prepare food for the party and purchase and set up any decorations you would like to have.
Hand out roles to guests as they arrive and follow the specific instructions included with your game on how to run the mystery.
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