How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

Good preparation is the key to success. Before you begin, read the host guide of the kit. These are available on the details page for each kit which you can access from the Our mysteries page by clicking on the title of the kit.

Take plenty of time to plan your party and send out the invitations preferably at least 2 weeks in advance. Ask people to RSVP at least a week before the party.

If any of your guests are having trouble working out what to wear for their character’s costume (after having read the suggestions in the kit), you can refer them to fancy dress for ideas. If your guests would like some help in preparing to take on their character, you can refer them to drama tips.

After everyone has RSVP’d (or you have contacted them to ask them if they will be attending if they haven’t RSVP’d) and ideally at least a week before your party, print out the mystery party clue file that suits the number of guests who will be attending.

Cut the pages in half and prepare the clue pages (for the meet and mingle kits) and clue booklets (for the standard format kits). If you are using a meet and mingle kit, print extra copies of the page to attach clues to for the guests playing optional roles, divide up the extra clues and attach them to the clue pages.

Before the party, buy all the necessary supplies (ie ingredients for the recipes you want to cook, drinks, decorations etc). Buy the prizes. See prizes for ideas.

Decorate the areas where you intend to hold the party and you may also like to decorate outside your house or the entrance to your house according to the theme of the party. Read the host guide and decorating ideas. You may like to do this the day before the party or on the day of the party.

Get the music read to play as people are arriving. See party music ideas.

On the day of the party

Prepare the food for the party. See party food ideas.

We recommend that you prepare food that can put in the oven during the beginning of the party so that you aren’t trapped in the kitchen. For example, lasagne or a roast dinner.

Try and serve dishes that are easy to prepare or get a caterer to help. Or asks your guests to bring a plate of food. This is fair as you are providing the mystery party game entertainment.

For some more tips on hosting a murder mystery event