Murder Among the Mateys

Well, shiver me timbers and sharpen me sword!

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.

As the night quickly steers out of control, one guest meets a
tragic demise and ends up in  Davy Jones’ Locker leaving the rest
of the party goers to bring the guilty to the gallows.

Is the culprit the profiteering pirate organizing a mutiny? Or, the saucy sea
mistress who wanted more than a casual commitment? The perpetrator could
be the swashbuckling swordsman desperate to win the love of the governor’s
daughter, or possibly the treasure seeking seaperson incapable of sharing.

In a harbor village filled with backstabbers and buccaneers looking to get ahead,
there is little reward for honesty and a high price to pay for deceit.

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: at least 8-9 males and at least 6-7 females.

For 15-20 guests: 8-9 males, 6-8 females, 1-3 gender neutral.

For 10-15 guests: 5-7 males, 4-6 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

For 8-12 guests: 4-5 males, 3-5 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

 

* 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: at least 8-9 males and at least 6-7 females.

For 15-20 guests: 8-9 males, 6-8 females, 1-3 gender neutral.

For 10-15 guests: 5-7 males, 4-6 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

For 8-12 guests: 4-5 males, 3-5 females, 1-2 gender neutral.

 

Clean versions are void of references to extra-marital affairs, alcohol and/or illegal drugs. Teens and/or 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pirate theme of this party, even the clean versions contain references to violent behavior in the past (such as pirates being hung, flogged and marooned). Please see the introduction file to get a sense of what to expect.

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.

  • Cap'n Redbeard

    Pirate Captain

    A fierce but fair pirate, this man runs a tight ship and won't have anyone overthrowing it!

  • Sharktooth Brandy

    Sea Maiden

    Sister to the cap'n, Brandy has been braving these waters since she was a girl. Her latest conquer, however, is not one that she occupies her time at sea.

  • Merciless Morgan

    First mate

    Found alone on an island, Redbeard took Morgan in and he quickly became one of the Cap'n's favorites.

  • One-eyed Wanda

    Gunner

    Raised as a boy on the pirate ship, Wanda was passed over by Merciless Morgan when it came to promotion. Wanda has a lot to prove if she is to earn her rightful place.

  • Thumbless Jack

    Crewman

    A seasoned pirate, Thumbless Jack has only been on the crew of The Jaded Jewel for only a short while.

  • Cutthroat McPhearson

    Powder Monkey

    Fierce and feisty are two words that best describe this pirate. Cutthroat has larger plans than most of the crew members.

  • Gurglin' Uma Scarr

    Galley Wench

  • Governor Napier

    Governor of Port Royal

  • Juliana Napier

    Governor's Wife

  • Anotonia Napier

    Governor's Daughter

  • Breathless Betty Napier

    Governor's Daughter

  • Commodore Clearing

    Commodore

  • Buccaneer Bradshaw

    Privateer

  • Shoutin' Roger Dagger

    Innkeeper

  • Mad Rose

    Serving Wench

  • Blackspot Jane

    Pirate's Widow

  • Sealegs Sam

    Merchant Sailor

  • Rovin' Reynolds

    Treasure Hunter

  • Jean Golddust

    Gold Dealer

  • Dirty Wiggins

    Gallows Master

Party Tips


Guidelines to help you reach your pirating potential. 

~ APPLIES TO YE WENCHES AS WELL!!!

• GROWL – AND SCOWL OFTEN. Pirates don’t use a cultured, elegant, smooth vocalization – they mutter and growl… A lot.

• USE PIRATE LINGO. Sounding like a pirate isn’t as hard as it seems! There are lots of resources for picking up pirate “lingo,” (like the dictionary you can download above), so make use of them (more common terms listed below) in addition to trying to affect a vocal sound. Avoid using modern epithets (swear words). It’s much more colorful (and kid-friendly) to use “pirate slang” for those naughty words.

• GESTURE WITH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. Don’t forget that pirates do most of their talking on the deck of a ship – out on the ocean, where wind, waves, and bird calls make it tough to hear. Gesturing often gives you a sense of “being there.”

• SLUR YOUR WORDS TOGETHER. Saying, “The boys and I were out for a lovely day on the water today” sounds like something you’d overhear at a yacht club, not out on the bounding main! Instead, try, “Me ‘n’ these here scurvy scallywags drug our sorry keesters out t’th’ship’n’had us a grand great adventuaaarrr! We almost had t’keelhaul Mad Connie f’r gettin inter th’ grog behind our backs!” Use contractions whenever possible. Be sure to punctuate often with “Arrrr!”

• NEVER USE “YOU” OR “YOU’RE” – EVER. Instead, use the piratical form, “yer”, “ye” or “ya” for all forms of address to others. “Yer a scurvy bilge rat, ya pompous gasbag” or “Here’s yer dinner, ya mangy cockroach.” Note that you should always endeavor to call the addressee by some insulting name, usually involving an animal.

• EMBELLISH AT WILL. A pirate is larger than life, and his or her speech should always reflect this. Don’t just say, “We saw a whale off the starboard bow today.” Say, “Me’n’th’ crew seen a great grand sea beastie, th’ mother of all whales, aye!”

• REFER TO YOURSELF AS “ME” AT ALL TIMES, NEVER “I.” It is not piratically correct to say, “I have a cold.” It is far better as a pirate to declare, “Got me a case o’th’sniffles, ‘ass rye!”

• MORE IMPORTANTLY, SUBSTITUTE “ME” FOR “MY.” For example, don’t say, “Look at my new sword,” say “Lookit me new sword!” Also substitute “meself” for “myself” as in “Got meself a right fine ship!”

• MUTTER UNINTELLIGIBLY UNLESS YELLING. Being a pirate usually meant being liquored up to some degree – a lot of time, pirates were pretty mush-mouthed. In the step preceding, the term “‘ass rye” actually translates to “that’s right.” Get it?

• BE AS LOUD AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Pirates are not shy – stand tall, me hearties, and be counted!

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Prime Suspects: Salty Sea Dog Regulars

Cap’n Redbeard—Pirate Captain. A fierce but fair pirate, this man runs a tight ship and won’t have anyone overthrowing it!

Sharktooth Brandy—Saucy Sea Mistress. Sister to the Cap’n, Brandy has been braving these waters since she was a girl. Her latest conquer, however, is not one that occupies her time at sea. 

Merciless Morgan—First Mate. Found alone on an island, Redbeard took Morgan in and he quickly became one of the Cap’n’s favorites. 

One-eyed Wanda—Gunner. Raised as a boy on the pirate ship, Wanda was passed over by Merciless Morgan when it came to promotion. Wanda has a lot to prove if she is to earn her rightful place. 

Thumbless Jacky—Crewmate. A seasoned pirate, Thumbless Jacky has only been on the crew of The Jaded Jewel for only a short while.  

Cutthroat McPhearson—Powder Monkey. Fierce and feisty are two words that best describe this pirate. Cutthroat has larger plans than most of his fellow crew members.

Gurglin’ Uma Scarr—Galley Wench. Desperate to gain Cutthroat McPhearson’s attention, Uma is a woman that will do many things to get noticed. 

Governor Napier—Governor of Port Royal. As the governor of this seaside town, it is his job to keep it safe at all costs!

Juliana Napier—Governor’s Wife. Tired of living in terror, Juliana is ready to take matters into her own hands to insure the safety of her family. 

Antonia Napier—Governor’s Daughter. In love with a merchant sailor, Antonia is destined to lead a happily married life—as long as nothing gets in her way! 

Breathless Betty Napier—Governor’s Daughter. This rebellious daughter has a lot to learn about what she can and cannot get away with. Will her parents be able to teach Betty her limits?

Commodore Clearing—Commodore. In charge of the fleet that defends Port Royal, the commodore may lose his job and his arranged marriage if he can’t bring a pirate to justice.

Buccaneer Bradshaw—Privateer. Ready to step in and take over where the commodore is lacking, Buccaneer Bradshaw needs to prove that he has what it takes to get the job done and win the heart of Breathless Betty. 

Shoutin’ Roger Dagger—Innkeeper. Rumor has it that vigilante-minded Roger is out to bring a pirate to justice himself. 

Mad Rose—Serving Wench. A real spitfire, Rose will make anyone who crosses her regret their actions. 

Blackspot Jane—Pirate’s Widow. Widowed and alone, Jane is desperate to make someone pay for her loss. 

Sealegs Sam—Merchant Sailor. A lowly merchant sailor, Sam wants nothing more than to be married to his true love, Antonia. 

Rovin’ Reynolds—Treasure Hunter. Hot on the trail of Toothless Willie’s buried treasure, there is little that can come between them and their fortune in gold. 

Jean Golddust—Gold Dealer. Jean is eager to exchange gold for anyone in town. Not only does the gold tell tales of where it’s been but who has been dealing with and for the pirates. 

Dirty Wiggins—Gallows Master. For many, justice in this seaside village means the gallows, and Dirty is often the one responsible for putting the guilty there. 

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Port Royal was a city located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica. Founded in 1518, it was the centre of shipping commerce in the Caribbean Sea during the latter half of the 17th century.

Port Royal was once home to privateers employed to nip at superpower Habsburg Spain‘s empire when smaller European powers dared not directly make war on Spain. As a port city, it was notorious for its gaudy displays of wealth and loose morals and was a popular homeport for the English and Dutch sponsored privateers to spend their treasure during the 17th century. When those governments abandoned the practice of issuing letters of marque against the Spanish treasure fleets and possessions in the later 16th century, many privateers turned pirate and used the city as their main base during the heyday of the Caribbean pirates in the 17th century. Pirates from around the world congregated at Port Royal coming from waters as far away as Madagascar.

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THE CLOTHES: The clothes serve as a “base layer” which you can accessorize over to complete the outfit!

PANTS – The pants will preferably be black, although gray and brown are also options. Tight or baggy will do. Cut the bottoms of the legs off, in a zig zag pattern to look old and worn out, so that they are just below the knee.

SKIRTS – A skirt for female pirate costumes can be long(peasant-type) or short. To make it look tattered and old, take some scissors and tear up the bottom to cut it shorter and to make it look tattered and old.

SHIRT – Find a white long sleeved button-up shirt – the baggier the better. Since pirates weren’t always the cleanest of people, try and stain it up a little bit and even tear it in certain areas. If you are able to locate a long-sleeved white shirt that has ruffles on the cuffs and maybe even a Victorian style ruffle on the collar, then you are very lucky! This would suit a pirate costume well!

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Pirate Accessories:

 

Dress up any outfit to become a full-fledged pirate!

Just add any of these:

 

  • Rings, earings, medallions, jewels.
  • Bandana – to be worn under or instead of ye pirate hat
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Eye-Patch — download a template here.
  • Scars– draw them in with eyeliner or for extra added effect, get some latex scars from a local costume shop
  • Facial Hair
  • Parrot (for shoulder) – directions on how to make one here.
  • Spyglass
  • Hook
  • Peglegs
  • Missing Limbs– Tuck an arm or leg into your outfit.
  • Missing teeth– use tooth blackout.
  • Gold teeth
  • Gold Coins
  • Swords
  • Pirate Pistols
  • Fishnet or pirate stockings
  • Tattoos– Download Some Pirate Tattoos
  • Belt – the wider the better! Don’t forget a BIG buckle.
  • Pirate sashes -simply tie a long scarf (or piece of fabric) around your waist.
  • Boots
  • Vest – red, black or striped should do!

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WHERE TO FIND ALL OF IT: Finding all of these items for homemade pirate costumes is much easier than you might think, and much cheaper as well!

YOUR OWN HOUSE – Check out your own house and closet. You never know when you might have an article of clothing or accessory that will suit your costume just fine!

LOCAL THRIFT STORE – Go to places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill and any other stores in your area that are secondhand and dig in! You would be surprised at what you can find in these establishments! You may even be able to find boots and other accessories.

GARAGE SALE – This is similar to going to a thrift store–the only difference is you are most likely going to pay even less! You might find a shirt or pants for 25 cents, and who can argue with that?

TOY STORE – The last place you will need to go to is a toy store, primarily for the sword. This can be found anywhere from Wal-Mart to the dollar store!

ONLINE COSTUME STORE There are some items that may be harder to find–such as the hat–that you may need to look at a costume store for. Shopping online saves time and often money.

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Check out these costumes!!!

Entering The Party Space!

One way to create instant excitement for the party is to create an entrance that your guests will never forget!!!

• Create an actual plank out of wood for your guests to walk over (pictured below).

 

• Hang Toothless Willie somewhere in the area. (This could be outside or inside…)

 

• Make a tavern sign for your SALTY SEA DOG INN (How to and templates included in mystery-pictured below left).

 

• Print and make these EASY directional signs (included in mystery – pictured below).

 

• Create a sign for the entrance. Hang a poster that says “Hope Abandon All Ye Who Enter Here” (design included with mystery purchase).

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Inside The Party Space

• Hang themed signs around interior of your venu (designs included with mystery purchase + more).

 

• Decorate your venue with a nautical motif. Fishing nets, nautical maps, crabs, lobsters, fish, and ships will all fit the mood.

 

• Decorate with ship stuff. Hang some rope lines, ship’s sail, wheel, rigging and other ship elements.

 

• Pirate Banners! Fill the space with them. (Banner designs included with mystery materials.)

 

• Make pirate sails! See picture below. (Directions included with the mystery materials.)

 

• Hoist a Jolly Roger flag!

 

• Use skulls and treasure chests to make displays and decorate the area.

 

• Make treasure chests out of styrofoam coolers. Use them as decoration or a cooler!

 

• The party is not complete without a pirate treasure map!
Make old pirate maps out of tea-stained maps (add your own pirate symbols).
OR print out and hang the pirate treasure map (included with the mystery materials).

 

• Create Stocks for punishing and shaming your pirates!

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Make Your Own Pirate Ship!

Check out these examples from other customers!!!

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Setting Ye Pirate Table

 

There are many ways to really “dress-up” your table(s) for your party.

  • Cover your table with a black tablecloth and scatter gold chocolate (or plastic) coins and plastic jewels.
  • Create a treasure chest centerpiece and fill it with whatever you wish!
  • Adding a few pirate accessories can go a long way!
    • Skulls
    • Candles
    • Candelabras
    • Strings of beads/pearls wrapped around glassware, centerpieces, napkin holders, etc.
    • Treasure chest
    • Coins or jewels scattered about
    • Red & white napkins
    • A spyglass (or two)
    • Empty bottles
  • Using bottles instead of glasses can add to the effect. If the bottles are clear, consider serving a red, blood-like beverage or utilizing the “shark’s blood cocktail” idea on our food page.
  • Think about table runners or table clothes made out of materials such as:
    • Red fabric
    • Black fabric
    • Fish netting
    • Cheesecloth (pictured below right)
    • Cobwebs
    • Burlap
    • Brown Craft paper
    • Carribean inspired fabrics or designs
    • Jolly Roger flags
    • Striped fabric
    • Skull-themed fabric

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Create a Photo Spot!

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.

— 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).

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

 

 

BACKDROP IDEAS for Murder Among the Mateys!

  • Build a ship in your back yard to pose in front of.

 

  • Create a the ship’s sails for a backdrop using directions in mystery.

 

  • Hang a Jolly Roger flag to pose in front of.
  • Decorate a corner with old crates, barrels, skeletons, treasure chests, etc.
  • Paint a backdrop for your guests to pose in front of.
  • Use a scene setter against a wall to create a background.
  • Have additional props for posing in pictures (pirate swords, pistols, eye patches, hats, bandanas, etc.).

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BITS AND NIBBLES:

 

• SWASHBUCKLING SNACKS. Purchase sword-shaped cocktail picks, available at most grocery stores. Thread grapes, cheese or other sliced fruit onto each sword.

• BONE BREAD STICKS. Make bone bread sticks out of dough and dip in bloody marinara sauce. Tell yer guests they taste bad to the bone!

• CANON BALLS.Serve meatballs in Teriyaki sauce as canon balls. Stack them on several mini trays in pyramid style like canon balls ready for battle!

• CELERY SHIPS. Cut celery into 3-inch lengths. Smear with peanut butter. Make a small pirate flag (using template with mystery) and stick in the center of the celery. Place a few raisins along the length to make the pirates.

• WATERMELON PIRATE SHIP. Accentuate with a large pirate sail (template design included with mystery).

• PIRATES BOOTY. Puffed corn. Not really sure why it is called Pirate’s Booty, but it fits the theme.

Flags to name and label your food are included in the “extras” portion of your mystery.


SAILOR’S DELIGHTS:

  • FISH AND CHIPS. A staple in any seaside inne.
  • SALMAGUNDI. This pirate stew, based on a British recipes, was essentially a conglomeration of whatever they had on hand. This Americanized version of the dish has the easiest ingredients to locate. Pirate Salmagundi might include turtle meat among other uncommon ingredients.
  • JERK CHICKEN. When pirates landed on an island in the Caribbean, the eating was good. Barbecue was a common method for preparing food. This recipe will give you one of the popular, although spicy, flavors from the islands.
  • SALTY SEA DOGS. Serve hot dogs or sausages with a pirate sail (sails templates included in mystery packet).

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Buried Treasures:

 

• A CARIBBEAN TREAT. Serve ice cream balls rolled in coconut or frozen bananas and fresh mango sorbet for dessert.

• OCEAN BLUE PARFAIT. Make pirate parfait with blue jello and gummy fish. Top with white whipped cream sprinkled with blue sprinkles (for ocean waves) and an orange pirate ship with a toothpick pirate flag (included with packet).

• THEMED CAKES: Click on pictures to go to more in-depth directions on how to make the cakes seen.

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Drink Up!

• Shark’s Blood Cocktails (or Mocktails) —  Freeze red Hawaiian Punch into ice cubes. Put the ice cubes into sprite or another clear liquid and watch as the sprite turns pink to red.

• Planter’s Punch – This punch will capture the spirit of pirate grog with the rum and citrus flavors, but a few other ingredients make it much more interesting than that. Serve it in a punch bowl OR serve it in labeled growlers. (Label designs included with the mystery.)

• Fishbowl Cocktails – If you are daring enough – serve the elaborate fishbowl punch!

• Growlers of Beer – Pickup growlers of beer from your favorite brewery and slap some pirate labels on them (included with mystery)

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No Matter What You Serve, Think About How Ye Serve it!

Be sure to utilize the party extras portion of the mystery which will help you dress-up and label your food with some pirate-flare!

 

 • Growler Labels – Be sure to utilize the party extras portion of the mystery to make some growler labels that you can then fill with your favorite beverage!

• Chest coolers – The how-to section will show you how to make a pirate treasure chest out of a styrofoam cooler – what better way to serve ye ale?

• Sail Labels – And if you would like to label your food, there are templated designs to do that with pirate sails!

• Designed Menu – And don’t forget the MENU to list all the food ye will be servin’! (Included with the mystery purchase.)

• Large pirate sails – for foods like hot dogs, cake, watermelon, etc.

And who can forget me favorite little Jolly Rogers to place in your appetizers?

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Looking for a cd filled with pirate ditties? Try this website that has reviews of pirate music. From “Got booty” to “Prelude to Mutiny”, this website has reviews to help you pick a cd to your liking.

Movie Soundtracks–Find some great pirate music from the soundtracks of famous pirate movies. Try Pirates of the Carribean, Pirates of Penzance or any of your favorite pirate movies!

For Free Music–Visit your local library for a number of compilations from the time.

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Message In A Bottle Invites

Nothing can create more buzz and excitement for your party than
sending/delivering your guests a one-of-a-kind invitation.

One way to go above an beyond to carry out the pirate theme is to send your invitation in a bottle.

Some hosts have done this by purchasing bottles from their local brewing store and adding their guests name. For this method, you will need to be able to hand deliver your invitations if you don’t want postage to get expensive.

 

Others have gone the route of sending a “message in a bottle kit” online and including their invitations that way. More on this here.

 Link for ordering bottles you can send through the mail

 

*Added tip:

Give each of your guests their own pirate name on their invite. See “Naming Guests” tab for how.

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Naming Your Guests and/or Extra Characters

Read below to find out how!


To get everyone into the pirate-y mood, you may want to create a pirate name for each of your guests for their initial invite. While they will be assigned a character name once they have positively rsvp’d, you can send their invite to a “temporary” pirate name. (We suggest you try to incorporate their birth name in their name, so they get the hint.) Ie, One-eyed Sarah, Toothless Tommy the Rugged, Swashbucklin’ Greta, Pegleg Pete, Stinkin’ John, etc. There are many resources on the internet that can help you as well!

If you are having over 20 guests, you will be utilizing our extra materials and characters. Since these characters have general names, that you can then change, you will want to give your guests very piraty names. To do this, use this pirate name generator.

 

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Extra Touches

Here are a few ways to add authenticity to your materials

 

• Print all of your materials out on parchment, craft paper, or newsprint for an “old” effect.

• Stain materials with coffee or tea to make them appear aged.

• Burn the edges of the materials.

• Use a wax seal when sealing things like invitations, objective envelopes, the solution, etc.

• Print out a copy of the “Pirate Code” and have your guests sign it as they enter (included with packet).

• Give your guests a pirate pouch to hold their money in throughout the night.

• Purchase pirate coins from a party store to use instead of the money included with the mystery.

 

Provide an assortment of accessories to help your guests “get into character” including: eye patches, pirate hats, gold coins, pirate earrings, sashes, tooth blackout, bandanas, etc.

 

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Create a Photo Spot!

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.

— 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).

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

 

 

BACKDROP IDEAS for Murder Among the Mateys!

  • Build a ship in your back yard to pose in front of.
  • Create a the ship’s sails for a backdrop using directions in mystery.
  • Hang a Jolly Roger flag to pose in front of.
  • Decorate a corner with old crates, barrels, skeletons, treasure chests, etc.
  • Paint a backdrop for your guests to pose in front of.
  • Use a scene setter against a
  • Have additional props for posing in pictures (pirate swords, pistols, eye patches, hats, bandanas, etc.).

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Utilize All of the Extras!!!

Once you order, in your mystery packet you will receive directions and/or printables to make unique and original decorations specific to your party!

 

Included will be:

  • HOW TO MAKE PIRATE SAILS, TREASURE CHESTS AND TREASURE MAPS (Directions and pictures to guide you.)
  • DIRECTIONAL SIGNS (1 design)
  • SALTY SEA DOG INN SIGN (1 design)
  • GROWLER LABELS (4 designs)
  • PIRATE BANNER (1 design)
  • DESIGNED MENU (1 design you can personalize with your menu items)
  • SIGNS (7 designs, 2 copies of each)
  • TREASURE MAP (1 design)
  • SAIL AND FLAG TEMPLATES FOR FOOD DECORATION (2 designs)
  • PIRATE TATTOOS

AND MORE!!!

 

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To get you in a pirate-y mood…

Look below for arrrrrr – deas!

 

Check out some of these movies and shows to fuel your pirate fire: Treasure Island, Pirates of Penzance, Pirates of the Carribbean (any of them), Blackbeard The Pirate, Goonies, Black Sails (HBO tv series) or check out this complete movie list.

 

For even more party planning ideas, check out our Murder Among The Mateys Pinterest Board here.

 

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Each month we highlight one of our customers who has posted on our blog and award them a FREE party!

To get your $5 coupon AND be entered in the Party Of the Month contest for a chance to win a FREE party, please email nompartyofthemonth@gmail.com

 

Don’t forget to add all the important details and party highlights that made your party one to remember! We love to hear about all of the hard work you, as host, put into your party. From the decor, to the food, costumes, whatever. As well as how you and your guests acted (and reacted!) throughout the night! Everything that made your party one your guests will never forget — tell us about it! And be sure to attach some pictures!!!

 

Upon submitting, we will email you back a coupon to use for $5 off your next party AND enter you in our “Party of the Month” contest, where you could win a FREE party! One submitted, you will not have to resubmit, but will be entered EVERY MONTH until your party wins!

 

Check out some of our past winners here! Night of Mystery POM Blogs

 

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Murder Among the Mateys 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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