your hand on as many different TV sets that you can and place
them around your party/facility/event. On each of the sets,
play a different murder mystery movie. They can either be
old classics such as Murder on the Orient Express and Ten
Little Indians or later classic thrillers such as Suspect
and Kiss the Girls
all the way up to current releases.
Check your local library (beyond your own collection if yours
is limited) for a great selection of DVDs to choose from.
The great part about this is that you don't even need to have
the volume on (in fact, especially for adult parties where
the guests will probably more enjoy their conversations more
than the videos
fun great looking table centerpieces, visit your local library
and check out some well know mystery book titles and arrange
them with the books standing up, half open so that their pages
can be quasi-seen.
This is a great game that can passively last throughout the
entire party. Print out several pictures of different murder
weapons (i.e. poison, hammer, gun, rope, knife, etc.) on paper
(see the Decorations section for resource ideas on obtaining
images.) On each of the sheets of paper, write a different
number or name bold enough to see easily. Place them throughout
the party area, however, do not place all of them in easily
found locations. Some of them can be in plain view (so that
everyone can find a few) but most hide a bit out of site.
Provide for each of your guests to have a copy of a list of
all the images to find. Next to each of the image names, they
are to write the number/name provided on each image sheet.
The goal is to be the first to fill in all the answers by
either knowing them outright, finding the poster or combinations
thereof. You can also instruct them that all completed sheets
can be turned in to you by a certain time, then a raffle can
be held among all that are turned in for a prize. A third
variation would be to offer a raffle ticket for each correct
answer (the more they answer, the better chance they'll have
to win a prize at the raffle.)
Set up different vignettes throughout (make sure they are
clearly labeled and designated) where there is something 'wrong'
to figure out. (Make sure to give them a list of possible
wrong things that they can set up.) A passive game for the
guests to play would be to figure out what's wrong in each
of the little scenes. Maybe a crime in each (look through
the visual books that I have to find specific examples.)
kinds of photos and pictures can be nabbed from the Internet
and made into simple decorations. Print out photos of famous
sleuths such as Sherlock Holmes, Jane Marple or Hercule Poirot.
Other fun images might include fingerprints, spyglass, fun
looking keys and locks, old locked doors, small vials of poison,
etc. Glue them to black cardstock (the picture being a little
smaller to allow for a small black border on the cardstock.)
These can be hung all throughout the party area as well as
hung from the ceiling and made to stand up as centerpiece
items. Movies on DVD can also be paused and the image can
be copied and printed. The greatest and fastest place to find
any image you want is to go to Yahoo.com and click on IMAGES
(right above the search bar.) The search bar should turn pink.
Now just enter what you want to find an image of. You'll get
an incredible selection to choose from! Google also has a
similar search at google.com (click IMAGES from the top menu
bar on the page.)
a list of murder mystery books - have to put them in the order
that they were released. Also, you could throw in other facts
like when Agatha Christie was born, etc.)
copies of book covers
movie posters can be purchased from any number of online websites.
Check out their clearance section for the best deals. However,
often times larger video store chain locations (i.e. Blockbuster,
Hollywood Video) receive a great many more posters in the
mail than they can hang. Speak to the manager about being
able to take some that they are going to throw out to make
room for newer releases.
great selection of music sounds great at a party. Soundtracks
are a good place to start. Here are some suggestions when
choosing your soundtrack music - you'll want to do what you
can to play soundtracks that your guests will recognize, you
can burn your own CD collection of different songs from different
movies, play the music low enough so that regular conversations
can still take place. Soundtrack composers get paid big bucks
to write music to create a mood. If you are going for a mysterious/spooky
feel, soundtracks are great resources. Remember to start at
your local library for selections.
the invitations, don't just invite them to a party
them to a haunted manor, an old castle or other mysterious
place you can decorate your party facility like! Set the excitement
level high from the beginning!
adult parties, have large knives sticking out of different
food items (like a large chunk of cheese, a cake, etc.) The
more oversized the knife, the better it looks.
Downloadable Mystery Themed Bingo Set -
Holmes on Antiqued Paper
First Page of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes