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Contest Entry- Murder at the Four Deuces, San Marcos

Postby awaltertx » March 24th, 2009, 2:27 pm

Some friends and I have been talking about doing a murder mystery party for months. I decided to use my birthday party as an excuse to throw one. When my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I asked her if I could have the party at her house. She agreed, we picked a date and we were ready to go. My mother's house is fantastic. It's 10,000 square feet and gorgeous inside. I was thrilled to get to host a party there.

I sent each person on my guest list a character and I sent them their character booklet a few weeks before the party. Everyone rented costumes and really got into it.

The party was set at a Speakeasy so my mom and I worked to transform their house into one. For the evening, we came up with a great soundtrack of 1920's jazz music. We lowered the lights and decorated the tables with scarves, big bouquets and beads. We put red light bulbs in the two extra bedrooms and draped those rooms with lingerie and high heel shoes. We put several pairs of men's boots outside the doors. I taped notices on the bathroom doors that read, "one patron at a time, please inquire with management about rooms". We created a private drawing room with silk robes, cigars and after dinner liquors on one side of the house and then closed that room off until after dinner when we opened it for the inspector to lay out his evidence.

We sent out a pass phrase to our guests so that they could get in the doors of the speakeasy. We had our "bouncer" Al Capone arrive early so he could greet guests at the door, check the pass phrase, and pat them down. When they came inside I greeted them with packets that included a notebook, pencil, money, and nametag. Then Don Wannabe took them to the bar and fixed them a drink. Then we all mingled and drank cocktails and munched on some fabulous appetizers set out on trays in the big living room.

We had signs up on the grand piano announcing our Carrie's performance, but right as she walked on her for her performance, our guest of honor was murdered! We carried off his body and then the buffet opened. I handed out confidential packets with more information for each character and we all enjoyed dinner on the outside patio.

After dinner, we headed for the drawing room and kitchen area where the inspector read the evidence he had collected . We filled out puzzle sheets and used those clues to go on a scavenger hunt for weapons. We had hidden the clues all over the house. The weapon we had hidden in library was hidden inside of one of six phonebooks and was never found. Then the scheming and murdering began! And of course, we had dessert- fried fruit ravioli, which was delicious.

Three more murders occurred before the end of the party. Everyone filled out whodunnit sheets and only one person guessed who killed Big Jim, our guest of honor. I handed out certificates for best costume, wealthiest player, best performance, and super sleuth.

It was a really fun party. It was also a lot of work! I really hope someone else has one so that we can do it again. There is a learning curve to doing these things and I think we would really rock the next one since now we know what we're doing. Also, if you are considering getting one of these, pay the extra money and get the kit. It'll be worth it.
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Re: Contest Entry- Murder at the Four Deuces, San Marcos

Postby 2coolbaby » March 25th, 2009, 9:06 pm

I absolutely love the purple flapper dress! The black one is really nice also, but in case you couldn't tell by looking at my website... purple is my favorite color :D

Do you have the recipe you used for the Fried fruit ravioli? That sounds awesome and I would love to add it to our recipes for this party for others to use.
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Re: Contest Entry- Murder at the Four Deuces, San Marcos

Postby awaltertx » March 31st, 2009, 4:46 pm

Here's the link to the recipe we used. http://www.ittybittybistro.com/2008/09/ ... -ways.html
And purple is my favorite color too!
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Re: Contest Entry- Murder at the Four Deuces, San Marcos

Postby 2coolbaby » April 1st, 2009, 4:43 pm

Thanks so much for sharing. I will get that posted as soon as I can.
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