Featured Guest Post: How to stage an amazing murder mystery party

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Recently, I heard about a woman who made a business out of helping people throw murder mystery parties. I thought that was crazy interesting. Check out this guest post about how to pull off this unique party idea. 

by Catherine Lavinia

For those unfamiliar with Murder Mystery Parties, the concept is a ‘real-life’ form of the board game Cluedo, usually held at someone’s house. One of the guests is assigned the murderer role (unknowingly) and there is usually a script (written by you or included in a box set), which will be followed to keep the story unfolding. There are several different ways the game can be played:

  • With a self-written storyline

  • From a box set

  • As a live game in a large venue, organized by professionals.

The aim of the game is for guests to work out who is the murderer by following the evidence supplied with the game. A game will usually last for a couple of hours or so, depending on the manner in which it is played. You can choose to hold a Murder Mystery Party by organizing the game yourself during a dinner or cocktail party, or if you’re feeling more extravagant, you can hire a company to organize it for you.

Role Play

One of the most popular ways to enjoy a Murder Mystery Party is by getting into character and asking guests to dress up as each of the players in the game. Costumes can be easy to find; for instance, check out Woolworths’ range of fancy dress.

Each person takes on a role and they must answer questions that are posed to them by other characters, meaning it’s time to unleash your inner amateur dramatist, and getting dressed up is a great way to get into character.


As a host, you have to be organized. Make sure you give people plenty to notice so that they have time to confirm their attendance and get their costumes ready. On the night, it’s up to the host to keep things ticking over and keep your guests on task but without being too controlling. A prize for the winner is always a good way to keep competition rife and guests focused!

Have fun!

As long as people are having fun, the game should play itself. As a host, you need to strike the balance between being organized and in control, but letting guests have fun too, so keep the atmosphere relaxed and you’ll be in for a brilliant evening.

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