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Summer Murder Mystery: Host A Party To Remember

Imagine your backyard transformed into a crime scene, a hive of mysterious happenings, a center for sleuthing and suspense! That’s right, we’re talking about hosting a summer murder mystery party, the most thrilling way to spice up those balmy summer nights. But worry not, you’re not alone in this. With Night of Mystery by your side, you’re set to orchestrate an evening that no one will forget. If they make it out alive, that is…

Summer Murder Mystery

What Is A Murder Mystery Party?

To put it simply:

A murder mystery party is a themed party where guests play the roles of characters in a dramatic plot.

Among the good-natured gathering, there lurks a hidden murderer who everyone will aim to unmask! Think of it as a live-action version of a mystery novel. But don’t get the wrong idea. These parties are filled with laughter, conversation, and camaraderie — not dread or fear.

So why host one? You’re not just throwing a party, you’re creating an interactive story! Your guests don’t just attend and compare it to every other party they go to this summer, they become part of the narrative!

Overall, the party becomes a stage for drama, intrigue, and fun!

How Do These Murder Mystery Nights Work?

The beauty of a murder mystery party is its simplicity. This is how to host a mystery dinner in three easy steps:

  1. Choose Your Game: Night of Mystery offers a broad selection of games suitable for various group sizes and settings. From 1920s speakeasies to tropical beach mysteries, you’re sure to find the perfect plot.

  2. Prepare Your Guests: Send out your invitations and assign roles to your guests. Provide them with their character descriptions in advance so they can dress the part and get into character. And don’t worry, we provide everything you need for that!

  3. Play the Game: On the night of the event, give each guest their objectives and clues. Watch as the mystery unravels, accusations fly, and the truth is eventually revealed!

To be honest, there is more that goes into it, but this is the overall plan. And, Night of Mystery provides you with all the tips and resources you need to make your night a success.

Best Summer Murder Mystery Game Ideas

Now that we’ve cracked the case on how do mystery dinner parties work, it’s time to select your story. Here are some fabulous summer murder mystery game ideas to heat up your evening:

Trailer Park Tragedy

It’s the annual WT Trailer Park BBQ and this year’s blast is going to be one to remember! Well known in the community and by law enforcement agencies for its after-hours fights, double-crossings, and illegal happenings, this trailer park’s BBQ is a recipe for disaster. With too much history and not enough space, something is bound to happen to send one of the guests over the edge… and another one to their death.

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Murder In Margaritaland

Somewhere in the tropics between the Port of Confusion and Bay of Disarray, you’ll find that murder meets mayhem and the intrigue begins! While most vacation at Margaritaland, an exclusive tropical resort, to get away from their troubles, for one unfortunate soul, it will mean the end of their travels altogether. The night itself will be a clever concoction of chaos, crime, and cocktails in the Caribbean.

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Murder Among The Mateys

After a voyage filled with pillaging and plundering, the Jaded Jewel–a pirate ship captained by Redbeard, an old but dangerous pirate–is docked in a cove near Port Royal. As the pirates head into town to celebrate their homecoming and spend their gold and goods, a night of turmoil and trouble is sure to transpire.

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Summer Murder Mystery Party Tips

A bit of planning goes a long way in making your at home murder mystery party a grand success. So here are some tips on how to plan a murder mystery game:

  • Choose the Right Game: Consider your guest list, who you will be inviting, what they would enjoy, and what type of party you, as host, really want to put on. Night of Mystery offers games for small intimate gatherings to large groups, ensuring everyone gets a part to play. Some are more risque, and others are more conservative. Select the “clean” option for games that are void of references to alcohol, illegal drugs and/or extra-marital affairs.

  • Create Atmosphere: Set the mood with appropriate decorations, music, and food. Night of Mystery offers decorating tips, playlists, recipes, and even links to costumes to help you nail the ambiance. Just check the Party Tips tab of every mystery page.

  • Prepare Your Guests: Included with their invitation and character descriptions,  your guests will have everything they need to understand the game rules and their character roles. The more prepared they are, the more fun everyone will have! We provide you with information to give them before they arrive, and what they need to play the game when they get there.

  • Go with the Flow: Remember, things might not go exactly as planned. There’s no such thing as the perfect crime – although we’ve had dozens of our customers claim they have had them!  Embrace the spontaneity, it often leads to the most memorable moments.

How to Host A Murder Mystery Party for a Large Group

Worried about how to host a murder mystery party for a large group? Don’t be! Night of Mystery caters to large gatherings as well, ensuring no one misses out on the fun. Just make sure you choose the correct guest size when purchasing.

Planning is essentially the same, but there are a few tips we’ve learned after thousands of parties.  A large group means more noise, more clues, and more fun. 

  •  Have a microphone or other way to speak to the group.

  • Be prepared to steer the game when needed and ensure everyone gets their turn in the spotlight.

  • Make sure to have a venue large enough for people to mix and mingle. The more space, the more room for mystery!

Summer Murder Mystery Game

Host Your At Home Murder Mystery Party With Us!

At Night of Mystery, we’re all about making your summer murder mystery the talk of the town! From selecting the perfect game to offering numerous resources, we’re with you every step of the way.

So, are you ready to add a pinch of mystery, a dash of suspense, and a whole lot of fun to your summer? With Night of Mystery, hosting a summer murder mystery party is as easy as pie – a pie planning a murder, that is! Let’s turn those languid summer evenings into a thrilling night of intrigue. After all, summer is the perfect time for a little mystery!

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