Many years ago we had a couple murder mystery nights using the games "How To Host A Murder". We hired them from the costume store and had a fabulous night of food and fun. The LOML thought that it would be a fun way to spend the evening and after discussing it with me we decided to give it a try. This time we searched the internet looking for a free game as the whole night had to be cheap. He found Free Form Games, who make murder mystery games that you can download. They have a free mini game for up to 10 people (perfect for us) as a sample game. Having now already had the evening, I would enthusiastically recommend their games and we will by buying our next one from them. They are nice and relaxed as you don't have to sit around a dinner table like the ones we used previously, but they do require a host.
I LOVE to plan fun for people. It gives me great joy, even more than the actual event. So I set about planning, using ONLY the stuff I already owned (I bought only a few bits other than food!). It has been a great way to use up old shop stock. Each couple needed an invitation along with their character book that tells them who they are, what they know, who they should talk too, and other important facts. We thought it best that they have that info from the beginning to make the night less stressful. However each character book could only be read by that person and no one else.
The free game was a wild west theme and I searched the internet for inspiration and pinned it all to a secret pin board, which I have now made public. Check it out if you like to print off your own ephemera as I found some great sites. One of the best was the Duke University digital collections of old advertising! But more on that in my next post :)
Here is my invitation ...
|Way Out West invitation|
|It is a tri-fold design|
|Come to the Silver Dollar Saloon!|
Next up I had to make the character books. The LOML was the host (bartender) for the night and he didn't play the game but organised everything, including all of the printing. He printed the character books and I then inserted them into the covers I had made, all without reading them! But then came the hard part ... I couldn't put them into an envelope or the whole lot wouldn't fit into an envelope for posting without it looking terrible. So I sealed each booklet with a piece of hessian/burlap and a seal made from glittery hot glue and a star stamp.
|Finally! The books are finished.|
|I LOVED the way they turned out.|
|I used the inserts exactly as they came printed in booklet form.|
|My costume in the making!|
See you Thursday!