50s Murder Mystery: Who Done It?

I had a fabulous weekend last week, and I promised to share it with you. We went to our murder mystery and visited with friends and had a jolly old time. So many people have asked me questions about murder mysteries that I wanted to give a few answers. A friend hosted us. She went to Party City and bought some 50s party decorations to up the atmosphere.

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We all opted to dress up because, why not? I finally got to wear this great Stop Staring dress I picked up at a yard sale several years ago. I had to go on quite a quest to find a tiara, which surprised me. I tried Wal-Mart and the Dollar Tree, but struck out. I finally found a 5-favor pack of tiaras at Hobby Lobby that were cheap. I decided to go ahead with the pack because I have an idea for where they may come in handy later.

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I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the tiara as well. I maaaaay have been wearing it around the house a good bit. (The Fellow just shook his head at me.) One night I wore it while doing house work, which makes it a much more entertaining enterprise.

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Anyway, back to the plot. Murder mysteries come in kits with character packets and usually a CD (although this one was so old the CD track said, “Turn tape over for next part”). Each character packet has specific information that leads the story in the right direction. This one had scripted pages that each person read to ensure key plot points were covered. Once you go through all the scenes and listen to all the clues, everyone makes a guess as to who they think is the murderer.

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Both times I’ve done a murder mystery I’ve ended up being the killer. I will say, if the script reveals that you’re the murderer and then you have to guess who it is, it kind of steals a little bit of the fun (and is tricky if you have no poker face like me!), but overall it’s such  an awesome time!

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Harry Potter Themed Party: Yer A Wizard, Harry

When Alan Rickman died, I wanted to throw a Harry Potter party and binge watch all of the movies with my friends, dressed as the characters, and drinking butter beer. I had all kinds of ideas and an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it, but it just never came to pass.

So I was beyond excited when I heard that my camping group’s monthly get-together was going to have a Harry Potter theme!

As I’m sure you remember from my Halloween posts, I love costumes, and, of course, I love tea. Therefore, it was a simple choice for my costume – the fabulously evil and pretentiously pink Dolores Umbridge.

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Have you ever hated anyone more? She’s fabulously evil with her tea cups and Persian cat Patronus. I have a thing for movie villains, and I adore her.

For my costume, I found this wonderful jacket (which was just a wee bit tight) at Good Will and made a pink pillbox hat. I was unable to find a pencil skirt in pink to match, so I opted to wear my pink tulle skirt.

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My wand was my favorite part of the costume. I used a dowel rod, whittled it to a point on the end, and covered it with hot glue, then painted. To finish it off, I found a sweet, little doll house teacup and saucer at Michael’s for the end of the wand.

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There were two fire pits going as it was cold, and we had some marvelous wizardly foods to eat including Chocolate Frogs, Basilisk Eggs, Bertie’s Every Flavour Beans, some Golden Snitches, Butter Beer, and Mandrake cupcakes.

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I made a sign post, house banners, and a fun “Have you seen this Wizard?” photo booth to add to the atmosphere.

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We played quidditch. There was butter beer a plenty, good food, good company, and my favorite part of the evening, once the festivities had died down, singing around the fire. Absolutely a night to remember.