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FEB.2013 Everyone Had a Roaring Good Time at The Juice Joint

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FEB.2013 Everyone Had a Roaring Good Time at The Juice Joint

Postby mrmystery » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:57 am

We had such a roaring good time at the Juice Joint in November! Everyone raved about what a great party it was and how they could not wait until the next one! We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s participation, we were a bit worried about how the night would go as this was our first murder mystery party, but absolutely everyone got dressed up and in character! It really was a sight to see! I researched as much as I could about decorations and atmosphere, and below are some of the things that we did at our party.

Front door-we covered the area all around our front door with the red brick wall scene setter and placed cardboard boxes with the liquor labels on them. It turned out really well (even though this was a last minute addition!). The bouncer let everyone in only after he heard the secret knock and the guests provided the password. Once inside we had a gun check. Guests were then led up to the coat check. We had a Juice Joint sign here which we made with a large piece of cardboard. Spray painted it black and then sprayed “The Juice Joint” in silver and punched holes through the letters and put white Christmas lights through to create an illuminated sign. I also had some shiny red material covering a small table at the coat check which held the tray with everyone’s envelopes and we had a “tip” jar on the coat check table. I was Anna Marie and the coat check girl which worked out great because I got to greet everyone that came in, take their coats, and give them their envelopes. I then directed them to the bartender Gino Gin (my husband) for their beverages.

We had a friend make us a bar out of some wood that we had and I covered the top with black vinyl and the bottom with some silky dark brown material. We had Rosie’s Juice Joint Specials in a picture frame with a candle beside it and some nuts and pretzels on the bar along with some old bottles. We did another Juice Joint sign behind the bar out of that silver mirror type cardboard you can buy and just wrote The Juice Joint on it with a black marker. We even told guests to bring bottles instead of cans, and we had little bottles of Pepsi, Coke and Sprite. We had two CDs with top 100 1920s music which really made a huge difference with the atmosphere. We changed out a few of our lights with red light bulbs, and dimmed as many lights as we could to give our place a “lounge” feel.

We hung dark red and black curtains (which we found at a thrift store) around the house. I put the red brick scene setter over the built in bookcases in our living room which added a really nice feel. We also rented two casino tables from an event rental place, a blackjack table and a roulette table. These were very popular and definitely created a great vibe. We put the posters of mobsters that were provided with the game in picture frames and hung them up throughout the house. I also hung up the wanted signs provided but replaced the pictures with pictures of the north and south side mobsters, these were a huge hit. We have a patio and since we had some left over red brick scene setter we hung it up on the bottom railing of the patio.

I found it was very important to be prepared and have everything printed off and ready well in advance of the party. I made name tags for everyone that I bought at Staples (I thought these would work better than just labels, and they did add a nice addition, I think they made people feel important!). We had prizes for each of the best dressed, best actor, most money and for whoever solved the murder (I thought there would be many more people who solved it but out of 36 guests only 2 guests solved the murder! The other guests did a really good job of making people think it was them!).
The only thing I wish I would have thought of, and a few guests did ask me about, was a Charleston dance off, it was a great idea and I wish I would have been prepared to hold one!

All in all we were very impressed with the game and were happy with our purchase and would recommend it! We are looking forward to our next night of mystery party, we just have to decide which one we want to do next!!

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