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Personalized Murder Mystery Party Invitations and Ideas
If you're throwing a fun murder mystery party, we've got the best invitations
and some great ideas to help you plot the perfect party.
All of our high quality custom murder mystery party invites are easy to personalize with all of the evidence your friends will need to attend the crime scene and help solve the crime. Sizes vary and prices are as marked. Click on your favorites to learn more. They come complete with a white envelope and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Once you've selected the perfect invites, it's time to plan the party.
Murder Mystery Party Games
Murder Mystery Party Ideas
Murder Mystery parties work best when you're planning a sit down dinner but you can also host one when you're planning a buffet.
You'll need to choose a theme beforehand. They can be set to any time period you like. The Roaring 20's is a really fun and popular era to choose but any retro decade or even the present time period will do.
The theme is fun to use for a grown up birthday party but can also be used for Halloween, or for a truly unique and unforgettable Thanksgiving, Couple's shower, or any time you want to get the gang together just for fun.
You'll want to keep the guest list fairly small with about 8 - 20 people being a good number. Too few guests and it isn't as much fun. Inviting too many can make it a bit confusing.
Guests should receive a suspect character sheet before or as soon as they arrive.
Plan on providing a small note pad and writing instrument for each guest so they can take notes.
I found a great guide at How Stuff Works. Visit How to Host a Murder Mystery Party to read all about it.
I also found a fun board at Pinterest that has a lot of great ideas for planning your own Murder Mystery. Visit Murder Mystery Parties on Pinterest to check it out.
In addition you'll want to check out this terrific website that has some great ideas to help you plan the perfect crime... and have a lot of fun doing it. Visit Night of Mystery to see everything.
Scenes from a Real Murder Mystery Party
The following video was created during a real Roaring 20's Murder Mystery Party. It's kind of cute and I was hoping that it would encourage you to create your own video during your evening of fun and frolic.
Share your thoughts. Ever been to a murder mystery party? Wasn't it a hoot? Which era are you going to choose for yours? What type of foods will you serve? Spill the beans here in the comments.
Nostalgic Photo Birthday Party Invitations
To create these one-of-a-kind surprise invites, you'll need an old picture of the birthday celebrant in your computer that you will upload onto the card. Then, personalize it with all of your party information.
When ordering be sure to save one for the birthday boy or girl. They'll surely want to see it too.
Learn more about this playful old photo invitation HERE or browse more old photo birthday party invitations by visiting HERE.
Invitations, Decorating Tips and Party Food Ideas for a 1950's Theme Party
A 1950's birthday party can be held for anyone at any age but it would be extra fun for someone who was born in the 50's or for someone who is approaching their 50th birthday.
1950's Birthday Party Invitations
I've featured 3 of my favorite designs but there's many more to see that might be a perfect match for your special theme party. You'll find retro invites for men, women and children. So, if you've got a few minutes to spare, take a look.
1950's Birthday Party Theme Ideas
You've chosen the 50's as your theme but you can go another step further by including a special niche theme from the 1950's. Here's a few ideas you might like.
1950's Party Decorations
The 50's is such a fun party to decorate for that you might find yourself going overboard. You really don't have to though. A few fun finds at your local party store or online will suffice as long as you choose wisely.
Create Your Own Personalized 1950's Party Decoration
You might even want to create your own personalized poster to mark the event.
I found this cute one that can be personalized with any name, first or last, the year, and your favorite slogan.
It makes a fun decoration at the party and a fabulous keepsake forever after.
It's available in several sizes, framed or unframed.
Learn more about the Personalized Retro Diner poster at Zazzle.com.
1950's Costume Ideas
You're going to want guests to dress for the success of your 50's party but don't think you're limited to just a pony tail and a poodle skirt. there's lots of great choices.
Here's a few 1950's costume ideas that come to mind. I'm sure you'll think of more.
Watch the following video to see these ideas come to life along with some other fun ones.
1950's Party Food Ideas
Back in the fifties, people weren't as health conscious as they are today and for this one night, you don't have to be either. You will have to decide if your meal will be a buffet of 50's favorites or a sit down dinner.
Here's a few ideas for 1950's style foods for your party. You can search through vintage cookbooks to find lots more great ideas but these should help you get started.
1950's Party Music Ideas
Once you've got the invites, the party decorations, the costumes, music, and the food all sorted out, there's nothing left to do but have some fun.
You can include games, but that's not necessary because when everyone is dressed to step back in time, the fun just happens.
Please feel free to share your own best ideas for a 1950's themed birthday party in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
Looking for a fun birthday party idea for a kid of any age? A vintage circus carnival theme would be loads of fun. I've hand selected 3 circus-tastic invites and provided a few fun ideas to help you throw the greatest party on earth.
3 of the Cutest Circus Invitations
The first thing you're going to need is a truly fun invite that lets your intended guests know exactly what to expect when they arrive at the party. Personalized invites make things a lot easier because you don't need to fill them all out. I've featured 3 of my favorites here but there's plenty more to choose from at my favorite place to buy invitations, Zazzle.
Circus Carnival Birthday Cake and Party Food Ideas
I can't think of a more fun party idea than a carnival circus theme. You can easily recreate the atmosphere with lots of fun decorations, simple foods, party games and a super fantastic cake.
The cake shown above was obviously created by a professional decorator and if you have the money for that sort of thing, that's certainly a good way to go but if you look at the way the baker decorated this, I think you can recreate a simpler version at home using either fondant or frosting, round candy or gum balls and some colorful animal cookies.
Another option would be to purchase something like the really affordable cupcake holder shown below. That way, you can bake your own cupcakes, decorate them however you like, and they'll still match your circus theme and look GREAT on the dessert table.
It's easy to decorate a room for the party too!
A visit to your local party store or a quick search online will garner all kinds of cute circus party decorations and supplies. I found things like a red and white striped tablecloth skirt, a cardboard cut-out ticket booth, all kinds of balloons, colorful streamers and even a standup circus photo op set-up.
Serve simple foods like hot-dogs and hamburgers and be sure to have plenty of pop corn and cotton candy on hand.
Fun carnival games can be set up and played by all. I found this board at Pinterest just filled with wonderful ideas for homemade carnival games.
You might hand out tickets to the winners of each game instead of prizes and then have a raffle at the end of the party where the winning tickets get a neat circus-theme prize.
You can also include a clown as entertainment but keep in mind that some young children might not find him/her so funny. It might be a better idea to use face paint on each of the guests, turning everyone into a funny character instead.
No matter how big or small you pan it, I hope you have the greatest time at your own private circus carnival.
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