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Had Husband murdered at his own 40th birthday party!

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Had Husband murdered at his own 40th birthday party!

Postby bigjules » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:27 pm

Everyone had a great time at my husband's 40th birthday party at the Deadwood Saloon! Everyone got really into it and everyone rented or borrowed beautiful costumes. My wonderful mom bought a fried chicken dinner for everyone complete with cornbread and beans.

We bought a 50ft "scene setter" saloon at a party store and had unshelled peanuts on the tables in old cast iron pans. We were able to just throw the shells on the floor. We also had old kerosene lamps and mini casino games like a roulette wheel and blackjack table that I found at a thrift store. When we were setting up, we found some saloon chairs at the house and a little card table that all looked like it came out of a real saloon.

When assigning your characters, don't be afraid to give the more involved parts to people who you might not think will do a good job- my dad was the sheriff but had to help another man fill in for the marshall, who couldn't come. My dad is soooo quiet yet stood on a chair, raised his gun, got control of the room and spoke in front of everyone - totally unexpected! Everyone was cracking up. He and the marshall started ad libbing and making all kinds of crazy stuff up.

We also had a couple of sneaky saloon girls who brough a gun and were holding people up and being quite successful at it. The funny thing is that one of the girls was stealing money out of the other ones purse as she was working the room!

ideas for you:

dip your invites, name tags and other papers into cold coffee to make them look old, then burn the edges

download "scott joplin' ragtime music & play it during the night

download a gunshot sound if you don't have anything else

introduce everyone before the party gets started or after the mystery is solved

hand out the first envelopes AFTER everyone arrives instead of AS everyone arrives so that everyone begins their objectives at the same time.

definately be Henrietta or Harry as the host. It gives you a reason to talk to the crowd without breaking character


Everyone loved it and I'm going to do another from this same company for my parents 50th wedding anniversary next year!
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