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Postby OceanCliff » February 28th, 2007, 2:44 pm

Our Murder Mystery party was held on Saturday, February 24th and we are already being asked to plan another one! There was no specific reason we decided to have the party (birthday, special date etc.). My sister and I are known as the queens of theme, so it seemed only fitting that we do this. We choose the Murder at the Four Deuces because we love all things vintage, especially the 20's! Each guest was mailed their invitation and character booklets in envelopes marked confidential. It definitely got guests excited for the party.

As guests drove down the street, the first thing they saw was the entire upper level glowing red. We put four red light bulbs in the windows of the bedrooms to create a brothel glow. Oh what the neighbors must have thought! :oops: Each guest was required to provide the password to Al Capone in order to gain entrance. Yes, he did shut the door on people that couldn't remember it! The password was BoozeHound. Upon entering, each guest had to go to the front desk to check in. My sister and I played hosts, and as they entered we announced each guests arrival, provided their money, notebook and guest list. In total, we had 37 people attend. I am happy to report that each guest arrived in character and stayed that way for the entire evening.

The front room was set up as a check in area. We had a desk set up for guest to check in, and learn of the 'brothel' rates. We had 20's music playing. The lighting was very dim and we had candles set up throughout the room. We had an old fashioned record player in the corner and a sitting area for guest to chat. When you went into the kitchen, we had the center island set up like a bar, we even had an old fashioned cash register. We had a bartender serving drinks all night - I think that was one of the most coveted characters! The kitchen table was replaced with tiny tables with candles and roses, it really took on a cabaret atmosphere! We carried the 20's music in here as well. Since my brother couldn't attend, we created a Wanted poster for him… It was a nice touch! Once you walked through the kitchen, there was a thick velvet curtain hung indicating a private back room. The back room was set up as a casino, with the felt poker table. We also had a fog machine going to create the smoky, elusive atmosphere. Again, the 20's music could be heard. In here we also had a silent moving playing on the tv. These were the three main rooms that the party took place in.

The great thing about our group was that there really isn't a shy person in the bunch, so things got very loud and heated at times. There were many times I had to just step back and laugh. Assigning characters actually turned out to be quite easy. It is amazing at how many characters in your game reflect the true personalities of the people that were invited. The costumes were outstanding! A lot of beautiful flapper dresses, costume jewelry, satin gloves and boa's. The Baroness outdid herself with a big fur coat! The guys looked very sharp in their suits, we even had someone arrive in a tux. Glenna worked the crowd with trays of champagne, the Congressman shook hands with everyone in the room and the Baroness and Carrie Crooner argued all night. People were buying weapons, plotting 'hits' and we even had the inspector handcuffing people. It was the most fun we have had in a while! In addition to the planned murder, Madam MeMe was also murdered. This was a shocking murder since she was part owner. This really got people revved up!

The party began at 7 and we ended it close to 10. However, people stayed until 12:30 just talking about the game and the schemes and what they wanted to do or tried to do throughout the night. I think the best part for me was when my sister and I went into the other room to count the votes for best costume, performer etc and we could hear the party carrying on in full force, even though they knew the game was coming to an end.

Needless to say, we have been requested to put on Murder at the Four Deuces Part 2, we already have people calling dibs on characters. One comment that we heard throughout the evening was how amazing it was that someone could even write a game like this and how creative and talented you needed to be, thought I would pass that along. Thanks for the makings of a great party!

I know we can only attach five pictures - but here is the link to all pictures in case anyone is interested..

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Postby 2coolbaby » February 28th, 2007, 7:01 pm

I just love several things about your party. I have some questions!

Wonderful idea with the rates! I will have to get my secretary to design one of those for others to use.

Next I love the black Four Deuces sign in the background. Can you tell me how you made that or had it made????

Next was the puppy part of a costume or just a Four Deuces inhabitant?

Last what was with all the nametags covering the sexy blond??

Wonderful entry. Thank you for sharing!
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Postby OceanCliff » March 2nd, 2007, 9:54 am

Hi! We really got into all the little details. We wanted to the room rates to look like they were written on a chalk board so we used a large piece of black construction paper and wrote the wording with chalk. We all had a good time laughing about what to write for prices - even my parents got into it! :D

My sister made the black Four Deuces sign in the background. She is a graphic designer. She made it on a Mac through Illustrator. She printed it on an Epson printer and mounted it on large foamcore. This was the same for the Carrie Crooner and Wanted posters.

The puppy is mine and I guess I would consider her a party crasher. She was upstairs and when Big Jim was changing into his new character she made an escape. I didn't have the heart to bring her back upstairs. She worked the party like a pro!

The sexy blond with the nametags was Vicki Ravioli. I really don't know why they covered her with the name tags. My guess it that and she may have had too much to drink :wink:
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Postby 2coolbaby » March 2nd, 2007, 10:00 am

Is there any chance your sister still has the Illustrator file she used? I have a mac & Illustrator.

Do you know what size paper she printed it on?

My min pin rules my parties that I have at home :lol:
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Postby OceanCliff » March 3rd, 2007, 9:11 am

I talked to my sister and she does still have the file. She can also give you the information about the sizing. What e-mail address should I have her contact you at?
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