Happily Never After

 An Enchanted Evening Filled With
Your Favorite Fairy Tale Femmes

With Sleeping Beauty awake from her slumber, the evil queen’s reign turned righteous and
a royal wedding in the midst – there has never been a better time to celebrate in the
kingdom of Once Upon A Time. As the Fairest Of Them All Ball approaches – a gala to
honor Snow White – each attendant knows their place in the kingdom will, almost certainly,
forever change depending on how the night proceeds.

An evening full of accusations, promises, spells and magic awaits you and the
other characters … all of which contributes to understanding the tragic fate
of one of our most beloved characters.

Will the murderer turn out to be the mysterious maiden who lost her true love?
The sinister stepsister who has more foes than friends?
A pouting princess unwilling to give up what is hers?
Or possibly, a fairy who fearlessly battles the powers of dark magic.

As the night proceeds, stories will unfold and overlap, leading to a final chapter
in which you will decide the outcome. Will you be able to identify and
condemn the culprit or will a vindictive and vicious villain go free?
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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: 20+ females
For 15-20 guests:15-20 females
For 10-15 guests: 10-15 females
For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

 

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

For 20-80 guests: 20+ females
For 15-20 guests:15-20 females.
For 10-15 guests: 10-15 females
For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

 

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. More conservative groups often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

 

For 20-80 guests: 20+ females
For 15-20 guests:15-20 females.
For 10-15 guests: 10-15 females
For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

 

Teen mysteries have a slightly more simplified storyline and are formatted clean (void of references to alcohol, illegal drugs and/or extra-marital affairs).

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

For 20-80 guests: 20+ females
For 15-20 guests:15-20 females.
For 10-15 guests: 10-15 females
For 8-12 guests: 8-12 females

 

Non-murder version includes someone fainting, instead dying.

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs.  Teens and more conservative groups often use clean versions for their mystery of choice.

* The upgrade is only able to upgrade the 15-20 guest version to the 20-80 guest version. The upgrade DOES NOT work with any other size of party.

The Cast

*Note that the cast listed below is provided only to give an idea of the types of roles available, and not presented in any order relevant to the plot. Not all cast members are included in every version.

  • CONTESSA

    EVIL QUEEN

    Determined to prove to Snow and the entire kingdom that she has changed her wicked ways, this member of the royal family will do anything to establish her benevolence.

  • IMELDA

    CINDERELLA’S STEPSISTER

    As Contessa’s assistant, Imelda will do anything to demonstrate her devotion to the queen … and possibly win the crown in the pursuit.

  • SNOW

    SNOW WHITE

    Distraught over the missing dwarves, Snow’s only source of comfort is Contessa. It seems that even some of Snow’s closest friends have turned against her.

  • ALICE

    FROM WONDERLAND

    Once Snow’s closest confidant, lately Alice’s attention has been focused on other matters. Curiosity once killed the cat, let’s hope the same fate does not ring true for Alice.

  • CINDERELLA

    LEGACY PRINCESS

    Cinderella has all the right qualities to be the next queen… or so it appears.

  • BRIAR ROSE

    SLEEPING BEAUTY

    Awake from her extended slumber, this princess is determined to one day rule the kingdom. With 15 years of recent rest, Briar Rose has some serious catching up to do, and she is not wasting a second!

  • TRINITY

    BRIAR ROSE’S FAIRY GODMOTHER

  • EZRA

    CINDERELLA’S STEPSISTER

  • ARIEL

    THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • RUBY

    LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

  • JASMINE

    PRINCESS

  • LILY

    FROG PRINCESS

  • TINKERBELL

    FAIRY

  • RAPUNZEL

    PRINCESS

  • CUDDLES

    BABY BEAR

  • BO PEEP

    SHEPHERDESS

  • GOLDY

    GOLDILOCKS

  • GRETAL

    WOODCUTTER’S DAUGHTER

  • MUFFY

    LITTLE MISS MUFFET

  • MATILDA

    QUEEN OF HEARTS

Party Tips


COMING SOON!!!

THE ENTRANCE

  • Have a trumpet sound effect announce guests as they arrive.

 

  • Have a red runner up to door. You can order one here.

 

  • Create a balloon arch out of pink, white and silver balloons for your princesses to walk through.

 

  • Have castle guards and/or the evil queen greet your guests as they enter.

 

  • Park a fairytale stagecoach outside.

 

  • Hang your “Stagecoach Parking” sign (included in packet) to direct your guests where to park.

 

  • Hang a “Once Upon A Time” sign as your guests enter.
  • Make a castle façade with styrofoam (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)

 

  • Lay out wood planks to create a drawbridge leading up to your entrance. (Look in the discount bin at your local hardware store for inexpensive wood.)

 

  • Make a black construction paper chain to simulate large chains for your drawbridge or dungeon.

 

  • Create a dragon out of carboard boxes and spray paint to guard your castle.

 

  • Have stone signs around the venue. (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)

 

  • Create an “enchanted forest”outside the party space – Litter space with fairies, gnomes, elves, etc.

INSIDE THE PARTY SPACE

 

  • Make an elaborate ballroom floor with plastic “marble” laminate tiles (found inexpensively at local hardware store). You can piece them together on an old sheet of plywood.

 

 

 

  • Consider hanging paper lanterns from the ceiling to illuminate your space.

 

  • Have a gallery to honor some of the princesses in the kingdom. (Designs included in mystery, just print and hang.)
  • Hang as many white twinkle lights as you can find to give your party a magical, mystical feel.

 

  • Have the Queen’s riches on display.

 

  • Create a throne by spray painting a chair gold. Add a bit of regalness with a velvet cushion or accent.

 

  • For authenticity, print all of the materials for the game on parchment paper.

 

  • When the characters read the introduction, investigation report, evidence presentation & solution, have them presented on a scroll. (Follow directions on how to make a scroll invite—included with party packet.) OR have them sealed with a wax seal.

 

  • Have candles flickering about.

  • Make Fairy Dust lanterns and place throughout the party space. Find directions here. 

 

  • Hang a large mirror with a sign above it that reads: “Who is the fairest of them all?”. (Designed sign included with packet – you just print it out and hang on/by mirror.) We printed ours on clear paper and hung it directly on the mirror.

 

  • If throwing party in daytime, use stained-glass window clings to transform your windows.

 

  • Tiny plastic fairies, dragons, gnomes and other fairy tale creatures may peek out from potted plants, behind curtains and from the tops of windows.

 

  • Consider garden gnomes in and around your party space.

 

  • Have a frog (stuffed or garden decoration) with a gold crown and a “Kiss me” sign by it. (Pictured below. Sign included with mystery purchase.)

 

  • A poster of a glass slipper or perhaps and ladies dress shoe decorated with the saying “Have You Seen this Slipper?”

 

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SETTING THE TABLE

  • Set table with fairytale stagecoach placecards for each guest. SEE HEREOR HERE.
    Your guests can take them home as favors. (You can also set them out by their money, objectives, etc. at the beginning of the night.)
     

 

  • OR, create your own placecards (designs included in mystery).

 

 

  • Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored or metallic piece of fabric for a runner.

 

  • Drape table with gossamer and put white twinkle brghts underneath to illuminate.

 

  • Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.

 

  • Include jewels glued to the edges of tablecloths and gold, pink or silver-toned paper plates, cups and silverware.

 

  • Purchase gold or pink colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups.

 

  • Use a centerpiece of white roses (fake or real) in a clear vase filled with sparkly gems or beads.

 

  • Finish off by tying a tulle fabric bow onto each chair.

 

  • Display your menu for everyone to see or have it at each place setting. (Template included with package.)

PICK A COLOR SCHEME
Three popular color schemes for your party may be gold, silver and/or pink.

 

To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:

  • When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping pink, white, silver or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.

 

  • A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.

 

  • Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice.

 

  • Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.
     

 

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USING FABRIC

There are many ways you could use “fancy” fabric – shimmering, metallic, sheer, etc. – to decorate in a number of ways:

  • Drape brightly colored fabric on the walls like banners.

 

  • Make a table runner.

 

  • Drape over furniture.

 

  • Create decorative pillows.

 

  • Tie to the back of a chair.Places to find fancy fabrics inexpensively:
    – Searching clearance bins at fabric stoes
    – Second hand shops
    – The fabric section at Walmart.
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LIGHTING
When considering the lighting for your party, you will not want anything too harsh or bright. 
Consider the following and what might work best within your space:

 

  • Fairy Dust Lanterns.

 

  • Twinkling Christmas lights

 

  • Candles

 

  • Electric candles set inside plastic lanterns and suspended from the ceiling or set on tables provide light.

 

  • Paper lanterns

 

  • Twinkle lights placed under fabric on tables

 

  • Twinkle lights strung throughout fake trees and foliage  

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CREATE A BACKDROP

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

 

A few suggestions:

• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

 

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

 

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

 

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter”. These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

 

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.

o Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

 

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).

o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

 

BACKDROP IDEAS for the fairytale theme

• Create a “castle wall” backdrop using scene setters or directions in mystery.

 

• Decorate a deep blue sheet with some stars for a magical night feel.

 

• Create a throne by spray painting a chair gold. Add a bit of regalness with a velvet cushion or accent.

 

• Make a large banner that says “Happily Never After”.

 

• Have additional props for posing in pictures (crowns, tiaras, wands, trumpets, big glasses, fairy wings, etc.)

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THE MENU

THINK PINK!
One option is to serve a number of pink delicacies! Pink champagne, pink lemonade, pink popcorn, pink maccaroons, etc. You name it. Check out this website for more ideas and recipes for pink food.

Click on pictures above for links to recipes

HIGH TEA, ANYONE?

For princess party food you could look to the English tradition of ‘Afternoon Tea’ for inspiration. Any princess or maiden would love a menu filled with food that is delicate and lady-like.

Traditionally, afternoon tea comes served in teapots with tea cups and saucers alongside bite-sized sandwiches cut into small triangles with the crusts removed.

All the sandwiches are usually presented on a tired cake stand accompanied by a selection of small cakes or scones with jam and Devonshire (clotted) cream.

If you want to make the sandwiches a little less formal, use cookie cutters to shape them into crowns, castles and glass slippers to turn them into princess party food. Don’t forget to include some frog shaped ones too.

You can go wild making other sweet treats and yummy desserts in small portions!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHARACTERS!
Accentuate your dessert table with any or all of these Fairy Tale themed desserts!

 

 

  • Gingerbread house – in honor of Gretal, who will be attending.

 

  • Have a basket of Little Red Riding Hoods Goodies – sticky buns, baked goods and/or sweets!

 

  • Poisonous Apple Pie or Carmel Apples.

 

 

In many instances, your dessert can act like your centerpiece for the beginning of the party… until you eat it!

Rapunzel’s Tower Cupcakes
Find directions here
Castle Cakes
Find directions here
Create a gluten-free
gingerbread house!

 

If serving a meal, consider a grand buffet for your Fairest of Them All Ball.

  • Decorate with elaborate place settings from silver plasticware and serving dishes (found inexpensively at a party or discount store).

 

 

  • There are many, many recipes on the internet for this theme. Simply decide what you would like to serve (roast chicken, lamb, et.c) and then search for the recipe that you desire.

 

  • Try to make your food something that is easy to prepare ahead of time and takes little to no preparation as the party approaches.

 

To pull through the theme for your party, you can name your foods to reflect the stories and storylines that are interwoven throughout Happily Never After.

  • A Seven Dwarf Salad, The Queen’s Chicken Wings, Poisonous Apple Pie, Magical Mushroom Caps, are a few examples.

 

  • Some other words we’ve found: prince, princess, king queen, evil, elfly, cursed, enchanted, cruel, maiden, sleeping, loyal, true, storybook, whimsical, magical, mystical, etc. In addition, you can use any of the character’s names to describe your food and beverage.

Don’t forget to put your food choices into the menu (provided with the mystery) and display it for the guests! (pictured far below)

 

SETTING THE TABLE

  • Set table with fairytale stagecoach placecards for each guest. SEE HEREOR HERE.

 

  • Your guests can take them home as favors. (You can also set them out by their money, objectives, etc. at the beginning of the night.)

 

  • OR, you can make your own placecards with designs included in the mystery packet (pictured below).

 

  • Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored or metallic piece of fabric for a runner.

 

  • Drape table with gossamer and put white twinkle brghts underneath to illuminate.

 

  • Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.

 

  • Include jewels glued to the edges of tablecloths and gold- or silver-toned paper plates, cups and silverware.

 

  • Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups.

 

  • Use a centerpiece of white roses (fake or real) in a clear vase filled with sparkly gems or beads.

 

  • Finish off by tying a tulle fabric bow onto each chair.

 

  • Display your menu for everyone to see or have it at each place setting. (Menu template included with package.)

MUSIC

To set the mood for your party, you he music for such a theme can come from one of the many soundtracks for the fairy tales. If this is not music you will listen to in the future, consider borrowing it from your local library.

 

Some fairy tale movies include:

  • Snow White and the Huntsmen
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Aladdin
  • Once Upon A Time (t.v. series)
  • Grimm (t.v. series)
  • Cinderella
  • Shrek
  • Hoodwinked
  • Tangled

Tips

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Happily Never After includes:

Mystery PDF that includes: A Host Guide, A Schedule of the Night, An Introduction, Designed Invitations, Background Information, Character Descriptions, Character Objective Sheets, Name Tags, Evidence, Accusation Sheets, a Detailed Solution, Award Certificates, and more!

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