There are suggestions in the host guide for each kit. See Our mysteries page and click on the title of the kit to see more details and access the samples and host guides.
Take photos as guests arrive and do a group photo as soon as everyone has arrived. This way you get to see them looking the best they can. Start your party early otherwise people won’t be interested in working out who did it as they will just want to go to sleep. Begin by reading out the Rules section at the end of the Host Guide and then introduce the suspects.
Put people’s names on their drink glasses so that people don’t keep getting a new glass for each new drink and creating a million glasses to wash!
Train your guests on how to rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher.
Don’t drink too much alcohol! Drink plenty of water during the evening, but drink plain still water not ones full of bubbles which will create a digestion nightmare.
Don’t let your guests ruin your evening. Get them to leave at a reasonable hour. Give them hints (eg talk about how early you must get up tomorrow etc).
Don’t stay up cleaning everything. Go to bed and do it in the morning.
The next day, sleep in and after you finish tidying up, take it easy. Maybe arrange to go and have a massage. You certainly deserve it!
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