Make sure that you plan well in advance if you want to host a murder mystery party. Carefully define your budget as you will not only have to organize food but also all the costumes and other props that might be needed during the party. Sit down and make a list of all the things that you will need for a great murder mystery party. Ask a friend to help you with the planning stages so you don’t forget anything.
Buy Party Kit:
You can find great murder mystery party kits available online or costume shops that you can easily use to help with your plans. The great part about these kits is that it includes mostly everything required like a murder plot, characters and other useful information so that your guests will feel that they are part of a mystery. Always try to buy a party kit that can support the same number of guests whom you will be inviting.
Your own story:
Make up your own script or story that involves plenty of characters and an interesting plot. If you know your guests well enough then you can actually write the entire script based around them so that they feel like they are a part of the entire murder mystery theme. Writing your own story at a murder mystery party can however be a very difficult and time consuming task.
Give out invitations well in advance to your guests. Make sure the cards include the time, place and theme for the murder mystery party. Also, if you are having a hard time with costumes then ask your guests to wear something similar.
Once you have given out invitations it is important to designate characters. Using the story or script, identify which guest will be playing what role. Remember to give roles out according to the personality of your guests.
Food and decorations:
If you are having more than 20 people then you might want to get your murder mystery party catered. However, you can also do a potluck and ask everyone to bring one particular dish from home so that everyone contributes. Remember to keep the overall theme in accordance to the murder mystery script that you are going to be using.
Make sure that you give out clues during the party at a pace that everyone can follow. You do not want to solve the mystery too soon nor do you want to delay it all the way until the end.