Murder at the Deadwood Saloon

 It’s the First Annual
Deadwood Poker Tournament!

For weeks, people have been pouring into the small western
town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side
of the Mississippi. From outlaws to marshals and saloon girls
to southern belles, everyone has made this
small western frontier town THE place to be.

As the festivities of the poker tournament conclude,
a celebration party is planned at
the Deadwood Saloon
to award the prize money for the tournament and to
celebrate what
is hoping to be a very financially
successful venture for the saloon.

With a smattering of bandits, bankers, saloon girls, sheriffs,
gamblers, east coast debutantes, and of course a few of the locals,
this is guaranteed to make for a very interesting evening indeed.


 You would be a fool to
miss this celebration!

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Guest Info

Guest Breakdown

For 20-80 guests: 7+ males, 10+ females, 2+ gender-neutral

For 15-20 guests: 6-8 males, 8-10 females, 1-2 gender-neutral

For 10-15 guests: 4 males, 6-8 females, 2-3 gender-neutral

For 8-12 guests: 3-4 males, 3-4 females, 2-4 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: 7+ males, 10+ females, 2+ gender-neutral

For 15-20 guests: 6-8 males, 8-10 females, 1-2 gender-neutral

For 10-15 guests: 4 males, 6-8 females, 2-3 gender-neutral

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



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

  • Harry High-Stakes

    Saloon Owner

    As the organizer of this grand event, Harry has a lot at stake if it is not successful!

  • Henrietta High-Stakes

    Wife to Harry High-Stakes

    Spending less and less time at the saloon lately, could Henrietta be into something or someone else?

  • Gambling Jack


    The best hand in poker either side of the Mississippi, Jack has not lost a major tournament in the last five years. Until now.

  • Anna Belle

    Wife to Gambling Jack

    Known as her husband’s good luck charm, some say Anna Belle is the reason Gambling Jack never loses.

  • Mitch Maverick

    Traveling Businessman

    As the winner of the tournament, many question how a businessman could have such great card skills. Could Mitch be the next poker phenomenon?

  • Holly Hickok


    A real southern belle with a flare for poker, many wonder what a girl like Holly is doing in the Wild West?

  • Clay Coldwell


  • Motgomery Money

    Land Investor

  • Elizabeth Money

    Wife to Montgomery

  • Minnie Money

    East Coast Debutante

  • Jesse Wales


  • Black Barbara


  • Sheriff Sam

    Deadwood Sheriff

  • Banker Bob

    Bank Owner

  • Banker Bonnie

    Banker Bob's Wife

  • Taffy Garrette

    Saloon Girl

  • Sally Starr

    Saloon Girl

  • Poker Alice

    Poker Dealer

  • Billy-The-Bartender

    Saloon Bartender and Bookkeeper

  • Marshal Dalton

    Federal Marshal

Party Tips

There are a variety of characters who all collide in Deadwood. Here are some suggestions of what each may wear.



  • Feather boas
  • Long beads
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Fishnet leggings
  • Other stockings
  • Saloon girl dresses
  • Beaded headband
  • Feathers

SALOON GIRLS: more info on their apparel

– Saloon girls wore brightly colored ruffled skirts that were scandalously short for the time – mid-shin or knee-length.


– Under the bell-shaped skirts, could be seen colorfully hued petticoats that barely reached their kid boots that were often adorned with tassels.


– More often than not, their arms and shoulders were bare, their bodices cut low over their bosoms, and their dresses decorated with sequins and fringe.


– Silk, lace, or net stockings were held up by garters, which were often gifts from their admirers.


– The term “painted ladies” was coined because the “girls” had the audacity to wear make-up and dye their hair.


– Many were armed with pistols or jeweled daggers concealed in their boot tops or tucked between her breasts to keep the boisterous cowboys in line.


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  • Hoop skirt


  • Petticoat


  • Umbrella


  • Fan


  • Lace gloves


  • Big hats


  • Victorian style dresses


  • Ruffles and bows


  • Extravagant dresses


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Some ideas of what to include in your outfit are:


  • Boots


  • Spurs


  • Shoestring tie


  • Vest


  • Cowboy hat


  • Mustache


  • Holster


  • Guns


  • Bandanas


  • Belt Buckle (the bigger the better!)


  • Facial Hair


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Some ideas for accessories include:

  • Hats (bowler, derby, slouch, gambler and more)


  • Vest and Coats


  • A Timepiece


  • Mustaches


  • Ascot Ties


  • Suit Coats


  • Bow Ties


  • Suspenders


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• Place real hay bales outside the entrance. If you have a saddle, put them on or around the bales of hay.


• Construct a hitching rail outside the venue and (if at all possible) a horse trough or tin bath equivalent will almost certainly result in someone getting a dunking before the saloon closes.


•  Make a hitching post using a wooden palette and a sign (included with the mystery).


• Create a sign post with different directional signs. You can have signs pointing people to: The Bank of Deadwood, telegraph office, jail, stagecoach, etc. (There are directions and templates on how to do this with the mystery.


• Make and hang a sign for your saloon. (Instructions and templates included with mystery purchase.)


• You can order some really cool saloon doors:


• OR, construct your own saloon doors. Find out how to do so here.


• Not up for building? Order your saloon door here.



• Cut out cowboy and a cowgirl silhouettes and hang them on the windows.


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• Place oak barrels and/or growlers around the party space.


Make a Saloon Bar out of a picket fence, 2 palettes for sides and a large piece of plywood for the top!


• Create “old” liquor bottles by adding labels to empty bottles. Use them as props and/or to “stock your bar”. (Designs included with purchase.)


• If you can find/obtain large cable spools, use them for saloon tables!


• Hang “wanted,” “reward” and other themed posters all over the walls. (These templates and two more included with mystery purchase.


• Print out and hang other “saloon” signs. (These templates and two more included with mystery purchase.)


• OR, you can make your own saloon signs on wood! Simply cut a wood palette to the dimensions you want and paint your design on!


• Create your own branded beer and/or sarsaparilla (root beer). (Label designs included with purchase. Just adhere to beer or root beer bottles.)


• Set up a poker table for the tournament. (Note: you do not need to actually have a tournament or play poker. Some hosts find this is a fun activity to do before, during or after the mystery.)


• Use scene setters to create your saloon wall or a western scene.


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• Bandanas, bandanas, bandanas!
Order a plethora of bandanas and use them for everything! You can make banners out of them, use them as napkins, as apart of a table arrangement and/or runner, etc. The ideas are endless and having them handy will only aid in your decorating!


• COWBOY HATS! Order them in bulk (we found some here)and use them to decorate within the party space.

-Took down photos on walls and replaced them with cowboy hats

-Had them hanging on coat racks

-Turned them upside down and served chips out of them

-Used them in table decorations

-Spray painted them gold and had them as awards

-Had them avaiable for props at our photo spot

-Had them available for anyone who forgot a hat!


• Compile an assortment of western objects and create displays around the party venue. Place them somewhere where everyone will see them – by the food, place where you get your nametags, etc.


• Make lassos from thick rope and hang as garland.


• Have small, tin buckets filled with peanuts.


• Use bandanas as napkins. You can even use metal sheriff’s badges as napkin rings (pin one in the middle of each napkin).


• Use a real cowboy hat, turned upside down and line with a check napkin to hold chips.You can place bowls inside the hats, too, if you are hesitant about napkins.


• Place a small bowl in the top of a cowboy boot and fill it with salsa. Use boots of different sizes to give your salsa bar depth and variety.


• Arrange bunches of wheat, daisies, sunflowers or wildflowers in cowboy boots, metal coffee pots or tin pitchers.


• Bring in camping or storm equipment such as oil lamps, lanterns and cooking pots to add to the theme.


• Use potted cactii for your table centerpieces.


• Soak the labels off beer bottles and use bottles as candle holders.


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Snacks: beef jerky, pickles, licorice and old-fashioned, hard candy sticks are all authentic Old West snack foods. Trail mix and buffalo wings add a Wild West flavor to the appetizer menu.Main Vittles: cowboy stew, pork ribs, steak, brisket, chicken fried steak, barbecue ribs, roast, chili, Virginia ham and buffalo steaks or burgers. Teens may enjoy sloppy joes and/or roasting hot dogs over a campfire.Side Kicks: potato salad, cowboy potatoes, corn fritters and cowboy beans (slow-cooked barbecued beans topped with bacon and pineapple).Sopping Material: corn bread, baking powder or sour dough biscuits. Real butter adds a nice touch.Cowboy Sweets: Wild West dessert menus may feature Old West favorites that are still big hits today, such as berry pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie (for autumn parties) and strawberry shortcakes (for summer parties) made with sweet biscuits and topped with real whipped cream.Belly Wash: Whiskey-infused drinks, margaritas, beer and/or Wild Wild West Cocktail (bourbon, peach schnapps and cranberry juice) for your saloon specials.Non-alcoholic drinks popular with the times: cowboy coffee, tea, apple juice, lemonade, root beer (sasparilla) and cactus juice. To make cactus juice, pour cold lemon lime soda into a punch bowl and add lime sherbet.


Follow these links below to help you create the food you wish to serve.

Cowboy Showcase– Check out this complete western recipe resource.

Chuckwagon Recipes– The Old West’s cooking at it’s finest.


Find recipes, templates and directions to make all the western goodies pictured above easily and affordably when you buy Murder At The Deadwood Saloon.

Includes: Ideas, directions and templates on how to make gold, money bags, bandana napkins, more elaborate nametags and recipes for Cowgirl Cocktails, On-The-Trail Cheesedip, Cowboy Chili, Desert Dessert, Cactus Cake and Sheriff Badge Cookies… and much, much more.



MENU: Along with purchase of the mystery, you will receive a designed menu that you can customize with YOUR own appetizers, entrees and desserts that you will be serving at your Deadwood Saloon party!


BEER/SARSAPARILLA: Serve up these Saloon favorites with their own, branded labels. (Label designs included with purchase. Pictured above.) Just adhere to the bottles and woohla!


“OLD” BOTTLES: Stock your Saloon with”old” liquor bottles. (Label designs included with purchase.)


Tips for serving up your food!

• Purchase red gingham or burlap to use as tablecloths, table runners, etc.


• Consider red plastic-ware.


• Use bandanas or burlap for napkins.


• Have mason jars for your guests to drink from.


• Serve bottled and canned beverages from old tin tubs.


• Give your food western names — Cowboy Chili, Old West Wings, Get Along Little Doggies (cocktail weiners),etc.


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Saloon Music– Find some authentic tunes from the old west to play at your party. Find it here.


Saloon Music– We downloaded an album from Sqeek Steale on iTunes for some good saloon piano music!


Cowboy Music– You can stream music from this internet station.


Cowboy Music– Play real cowboy music by the original western sweethearts Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Find it here.


Other classic country artists Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings are a few suggestions.


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


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Hosting Tips

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Murder at the Deadwood Saloon 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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