My friend Rhonda and her boyfriend, Steve, threw a different and interesting kind of dinner party recently.
An invitation arrived in the post which contained two secret envelopes addressed to my husband and me. Each one had our name and the words “For your eyes only” written across it. I made sure to open mine where no one else could see. Inside was an invitation to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner and that I would be one of the suspects! It gave me the name of the character I was going to play, suggested what to wear and also had several details and clues regarding who I was and my relationship to the other characters.
On the evening of the party Rhonda greeted us at the door and gave us each a nametag, additional costume items and props, such as a piece of electric wire, a love note and a torn photograph. Some of the other couples we already knew, but some we didn't. We said hello to David and Judy, Alicia and Bob, Susan and Tim who introduced us to Terry and Alex and Lisa and Matt. Everyone would be working together to solve the mysterious disappearance of another party guest. Rhonda and Steve would help guide the evening's events. First we all sat down to at a sumptuous dinner table, with delicious food and a marvelous chardonnay.
After dinner, our characters begin to question each other and the clues started to come out. Everyone was soon searching high and low to either find out who the murderer was or prove their innocence.
Steve followed several of us around looking for clues and took polaroid pictures with an instant camera. After about an hour Steve called everyone back into the dining room to make their accusations. Everyone had slightly different answers, but my husband was the one who got it right and received a funny prize, which sits proudly on his desk along with a photo of him studying a clue.
I can't remember the last time I had such a great time! Rhonda told me that next time she is thinking of hiring a Professional Company to entertain us with a Murder Mystery Dinner and instead of being all the characters, we would get to be the detectives.