This weekend we hosted a 1920’s themed murder mystery party to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and it was SO much fun! Every year we try to host some sort of event to raise money for the charity as it is one we hold close to us.
This year Macmillan launched a murder mystery theme fundraiser so I sent off for the pack which contains a game for 8 people to play including; character card invitations, scripts, place cards and money wallets. If you want to host your own party, you can still order the kits here for free, and gather some ideas below to give your party the vintage feel!
I gave out the invites at random, with each guest receiving a character to dress up as. There are 8 characters who are all suspects of murdering minx Fifi Flapper, and we added a character of Detective too, to help read clues and give flow to the game.
As well as all of us dressing up in 1920s style clothes to match our characters, I also decorated the dining room so it felt like a vintage dining room at the setting of the murder mystery which is Mulberry Manor. I bought some artdeco table cloths from Home Bargains and borrowed a candelabra from my mum, stringing some pearls over it. We lit the candles and had gold plates and vintage style champagne coups – the scene was set for a murder! All the scripts were layed out for the characters too, with a drink of Bucks Fizz to toast to the charitable night! In the background, we played The Great Gatsby on the TV as an extra decoration. Another great film you could put on to add to the atmosphere is Bugsy Malone.
In the 1920s, gin and cointreau were all the rage so what could be better than mixing them together? Whip up a Sweet Patootie by mixing 2 measures of Cointreau, 1 measure of gin, 1 measure of lemon juice and top up with orange juice to your taste. Serve with slices of oranges and crushed ice.
Here’s a few more cocktails to get your party in full swing…
When you’re busy drinking in a Speakeasy bar with a glass in your hands at all times, canapes are the best option for a nibble. And they don’t have to be tricky either! Try some of these and they’re sure to go down a treat!
- Smoked Salmon Crackers
Spread a little cream cheese on salt and pepper crackers, flake on some smoked salmon and finish with a sprinkling of fresh chives.
- Loaded Potato Skins
Bake potatoes in the oven until the skin is crisp and the inside is soft. Cut in half and scoop out the potato. Mix the potato with diced red onion and soured cream, load back into the skins and top with cheese. Pop back in the oven until the cheese melts. Amazingly moreish!
- Pizza Bites
Pizza is always a winner, especially if you can just pick up bitesized pieces. You could buy a pizza or top your own – we bought a base and covered it with garlic butter, chicken and mozzarella, baked it in the oven and then used a cookie cutter to cut out small canape sized pieces.
It’s also good to serve a few nibbles while people arriving and chatting. Try popping olives in a champagne coup, or nuts into a whisky glass.
Every party needs a good playlist as it sets the atmosphere for the whole night. We played a selection of 1920s jazz music, before cranking it up after finding out who did the dirty deed! You can find lots of music on YouTube and ready made playlists too.
The final piece in the puzzle is looking the part! You can find loads of costume pieces online at cheap prices! Think diamonds and pearls, feather boas and headdresses, and long black gloves and cigarette holders! For the gents, think pipes, braces and a trilby!
Well there you go! Put all this together and you’ll have an incredible night! It’s fun and a bit different, especially when everyone really gets stuck in! You can find lots of games, other than the Macmillan one, online. At the end of the party we had made £65, with a few more donations yet to be collected!
If you want to donate to Macmillan, or want more information about the charity, visit Macmillan Cancer Support.