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JUNE 2013 Murder at The Juice Joint - Seattle Speakeasy

Postby mrmystery » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:21 pm

Murder at the Juice Joint was not our first murder mystery party from Night of Mystery and it certainly won’t be our last! Half of our guests at this party were also at our last event so many knew what to expect, but those that didn’t were just as excited to come see what the buzz was all about. Little did I expect the dedication that each and every one of our guests would invest into their costumes as well as their character. Every time I passed a group in conversation, the conversation was always in line with their objectives for their character. And the costumes were fantastic! There was no shortage of pinstripes, pearls, feathers or fringe that night!

To decorate we incorporated the simple elegance of the era – silver serving trays, votive holders and vases; peacock and ostrich feathers; white flowers and tea lights/candles and black & silver plates, napkins and paper liners. We used the “Wanted” posters provided with the download and personalized them with actual mug shot style photos of the guests playing those characters.

To help give the party more of an authentic speakeasy feel we created a playlist of 1920’s era jazz music and had it play continuously throughout the evening. We researched, taste tested and served 1920’s era cocktails – Raspberry Rickey, Mary Pickford and Whiskey Sour – alongside non-alcoholic options.
When it was time for the “murder” to happen, we had our teenager cut all of the lights in the house at the main breaker while another of our kids (all of which stayed upstairs the duration of the party) popped a balloon in the stairwell for a loud “BANG” for a gunshot effect. Because of this feature I didn’t want to light all of the candles in advance so we had to be sure to keep the lights at just the right level up until that point and light candles afterward. This wasn’t the most convenient way to use candles, but it sure added a great effect to the party.

One of my favorite parts was the photobooth we set up. With a DSLR camera, tripod, an external flash/modifier/stand and props (boas, hats, mustaches etc.) our guests were able to take photos through the evening. As a result, we got some fabulous photos of our friends in roaring 20’s attire.

As we wrapped up the mystery, we provided local “juice joint” gift cards (Jamba Juice) as prizes to the winners of the evening.

Night of Mystery makes the process of hosting a murder mystery party simple and thoroughly enjoyable! We are already looking forward to hosting another murder mystery party in the near future.

Check back soon for photos!

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