Find the Clues At A Murder Mystery Dinner


Did you ever think that your best friend could murder Mrs. Scarlet in the library with the candlestick? She can, and maybe she did. Or maybe it was your father-in-law who killed Professor Plum in the kitchen with the rope. Find out who did it when you host a Murder Mystery Dinner with your entertainment-seeking friends.

Who Done It?

Invite Your Friends:

You don’t need a reason; just grab some personalized invitations and invite your friends or family for an action packed night of your life…. or death. Who wouldn’t enjoy a night filled with good food and mysterious fun?

 Address your invitations to a few of your closest friends or family members. There are a few differing versions of a Murder Mystery Dinner game out there, so be sure to choose one that best matches your plans for the evening. Most games range from 7-13 players. Be sure to assign one friend or family member to a corresponding character alias. For some adding fun, leave a little message in your personalized invitations inviting your guests to come in their best alias character’s attire; just watch how much it adds to the ambiance of the night. Since each friend will be role-playing their assigned character, you may even want to have personalized name badges or buttons for them, so everyone will know who their fellow guests will be.

Don’t forget to request an RSVP to plan for attendance. Since the game depends on the players, you will want to ensure that you have the appropriate guest to player ratio.

Prepare Your Party

Since there are a few different versions out there, find out which game will work best for you and get Instructions to Host a Murder Mystery Game. The instructions will help you design the course of the evening. They offer everything from dinner plans to timelines for dinner preparation and when to begin each round of the mystery. Having a party planning template is sure to help you plan for the night. If you are feeling really crafty, you may even want to try your hand at writing your own mystery plot. Either way, be sure to create the murder scene with plenty of props. Have a dagger greeting your guests at the front door, and a pistol on the dinner table. Lay a lead pipe in the bathroom and a wrench in the living room. Let the night revolver around the atmosphere. You never know when one of the murder weapons can come up missing.

Since much of the night will be spent around the dinner table, don’t forget to set the scene in the dining room, too. Be sure to pick up black premium dinner plates,  napkins,silverware, and a black plastic table cover. You can often save on items such as these when you bundle them into packages, such as a black paper kit-n-kaboodle. You may also want to consider purchasing a party serving set. It may help to keep your dinner since you will be busy searching for which one of your guests murdered Mr. Green in the basement with a pipe!

Have fun sharing in the murder mystery; it will be a killer good time!

Did you ever think that your best friend could muder Mrs. Scarlet in the library with the candlestick? She can, and maybe she did. Or maybe it was your father-in-law who killed Professor Plum in the kitchen with the rope. Find out who did it when you host a Murder Mystery Dinner with your entertainment-seeking friends.

Invite Your Friends:

You don’t need a reason; just grab some personalized invitations and invite your friends or family for an action packed night of your life…. or death. Who wouldn’t enjoy a night filled with good food and mysterious fun?

 Address your invitations to a few of your closet friends or family members. There are a few differing versions of a Murder Mystery Dinner game out there, so be sure to choose one that best matches your plans for the evening. Most games range from 7-13 players. Be sure to assign one friend or family member to a corresponding character alias. For some adding fun, leave a little message in your personalized invitations inviting your guests to come in their best alias character’s attire; just watch how much it adds to the ambiance of the night. Since each friend will be role-playing their assigned character, you may even want to have personalized name badges or buttons for them, so everyone will know who their fellow guests will be.

Don’t forget to request an RSVP to plan for attendance. Since the game depends on the players, you will want to ensure that you have the appropriate guest to player ratio.

Prepare Your Party

Since there are a few different versions out there, find out which game will work best for you and get Instructions to Host a Murder Mystery Game. The instructions will help you design the course of the evening. They offer everything from dinner plans to timelines for dinner preparation and when to begin each round of the mystery. Having a party planning template is sure to help you plan for the night. If you are feeling really crafty, you may even want to try your hand at writing your own mystery plot. Either way, be sure to create the murder scene with plenty of props. Have a dagger greeting your guests at the front door, and a pistol on the dinner table. Lay a lead pipe in the bathroom and a wrench in the living room. Let the night revolver around the atmosphere. You never know when one of the murder weapons can come up missing.

Since much of the night will be spent around the dinner table, don’t forget to set the scene in the dining room, too. Be sure to pick up black premium dinner plates,  napkins,silverware, and a black plastic table cover. You can often save on items such as these when you bundle them into packages, such as a black paper kit-n-kaboodle. You may also want to consider purchasing a party serving set. It may help to keep your dinner since you will be busy searching for which one of your guests murdered Mr. Green in the basement with a pipe!

Have fun sharing in the murder mystery; it will be a killer good time!     

Decorate for a Sweet 16 Candy Land Themed Party


Does your daughter want to show just how sweet she is at her Sweet 16? Host a Candy Land Themed Birthday Party and let your sweet theme treat her to a special day.

The Land of Candy

Imagine the joy on the faces of your daughter’s guests when they enter your Candyland! Have them follow the sweet lollipop walkway to the double-dipped chocolate door. They’ll have to pass the gumdrop standees and cupcake standee candy standees first. Their mouth will water when they fantasize of all the sweet surprises they’ll find at the end of their lollipop hop down the lollipop path with a sweet lollipop set. But don’t end their magical journey just yet. Show them the way to the castle with the gumball path. When they arrive at the castle, nothing could be a better way to finish off their fantasy of fun than with a candy buffet filled with dessert lollipops, chunky chocolate bars, jelly belly beans, and gooey gummies. Embellish your colorful candy buffet with a hot pink plastic table cover filled with sweet cupcake napkins, colorful cupcake plates, gumdrop dot cups, and favor boxes. Your Candy Land party will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and of course, your sweet daughter!

Honor Company Heroes with a Morale Booster, Retirement Party


The time has finally come where your valued employee who has been with your company for many years is retiring. This employee has done such a good job working for you, you feel that they deserve something special, right? Throw them a retirement party!

Have a Slide Show

A slide show gives all the guests a better understanding of how valuable the honored employee has been over the years. Give some background information on the employee, such as where he or she grew up and where he or she graduated, and then talk about how his or her family life is or what some of his or her favorite hobbies are. This would be a great time to include some photos that bring back funny memories to the employee and guests!

Theme It!

Know what the employee of honor’s favorite hobby is? Or what his or her favorite sport is? Theme the decorations according to what the employee’s tastes are. Perhaps he or she is a movie buff. Maybe he or she likes the great outdoors. Or maybe throw a fifties party to humorously remind the employee of his or her childhood! Find out what he or she likes, then theme your party accordingly.

Big Money, No Whammy

Who doesn’t like to gamble? Set up a casino table so that the guests can have some fun while enjoying the company of their fellow coworkers. Blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines are a few classic and popular casino games.

The Company Presents…

Time for a little payback! Host a roast of the honored employee. Roasts provide a humorous outlet to a retirement party while still honoring and recognizing the talents and service of the employee.

Dance the Night Away

Include a dance floor in your retirement party! For the songs that are played, a good idea would be to play the music with which the honored employee grew up. For older employees, some dance songs would include “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett or “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller. If the employee is younger, good dance songs would include “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex or “I Like to Move It” by Real 2 Real.

Send your valued employee into retirement with a fun retirement party. Create memories that will stay with him or her forever.

Magical Princess Party Ideas


Every little princess dreams of her perfect fairytale – her beautiful pink gown that glistens in the light of the moon, her shiny silver slippers that grace her twinkling toes, her stunning tiara that crowns her and captures the glow of her picturesque smile, and of course, her reigning moment of beauty. Each little princess envisions her royal moment in her own unique way, but one aspect is for certain, it is always one of the dreamiest moments in a little girl’s life.  Oh, the marvel of a little princess’ whimsical imagination!

Belle of the Ball

Share your plans for a fairytale birthday or princess playdate with personalized fairytale floral photo cards. They are a perfect way to spread the news far and away that your little princess will be holding a royal gala! Invite all your favorite little princesses to share in your Once Upon A Time event. Remind each princess to come dressed in their gown just in case her handsome prince appears!

Isn’t She Lovely

Since every little princess will be elegantly displaying her perfect gown it is only fitting that a shoe and tiara accompanies.

  • Purchase adorable costume slippers and let your princesses’ parade around the party in their dazzling heels.
  • Purchase assorted colorful tiaras that will be sure to sparkle in the eyes of their prince.
  • Plan time for the little princesses to have their hair and make-up done, because every princess loves to look her best. Be sure to have play/costume make-up, hair spray, brushes, bobby pins, and ribbon.
  • For something special, you can even have assorted nail polish colors and paint their pretty hands and twinkle their toes for them! And for something a little extraordinary, sprinkle some glitter on their freshly painted nails!
  • Plan to have a couple of chaperone friends around to help you with their hair, make-up, and nails.

A Royal Feast

After your little princesses have prepared for their big evening, treat them to a royal feast. Be sure to dress up your royal feast with everything that your little princess could desire. Check with her to see what items she would like since each princess dreams of her day in her own little way. Remember your lovely princess plates, napkins, and silverware. Embellish your event with streamers and ribbon. Add a centerpiece for an adding touch. If you would like to enhance your table decorations, try adding a glass slipper at each girl’s setting and fill it with princess favor mints – they can double as party favors, too!

Enchantment

And what is a royal gala without an enchanted dance to follow the dinner? Your princesses will love to twirl and spin as their flowing locks drape through the air like kites in the sky. Decorate a small room in your home into a dance floor. Use glittery princess balloons and streamers to section off the dance floor. Play their favorite romantic princess music with a Princess Movie Hits CD and watch them whisk away into their fairytale dreams.

A Night to Remember

Let the sounds of the gala reign on high

Since every little princess dreams of her royal moment, make her dream memorable with a picture in front of the castle wall. Turn on the royal trumpet music and roll out the red carpet. Capture the essence of the night and surprise your honorary princess with a special surprise appearance from her one and only prince, Dad. Just don’t forget to have the camera ready so you can snap an everlasting picture of their endearing affections. After the party, print off the pictures and send each princess a picture of their night to remember in a thank you card. They will always remember the day you made their dreams come true!

Fall Festival Decorating Ideas


Cool Decorations for Cooler Weather

Not every party in the fall has to be ghosts and witches. A Fall Festival can be just as much fun and just as decorative as a Halloween Party. It’s also more kid-friendly and when done right, can be a really beautiful celebration.

Wow Guests from the Start

Make a bold first impression on your Fall Festival guests. Consider a personalized fall harvest arch at the entrance of your venue. The 104-inch tall arch can stand outside if the weather is nice, or on the inside to welcome guests into the party. Anything that’s personalized will have a bigger impact on guests.

Surround your arch with some traditional fall decorations like bales of hay and autumn leaves. Set the tone of your Fall Festival before people even walk in the door.

“Leaf” Your Guests with Great Memories

Fall’s number one symbol is probably the leaf. After all, that’s how people really know fall has arrived… when the leaves begin to change colors from green to reds, oranges, yellows and browns. It’s imperative that you include fall’s beautiful leaves in your decorations!

A simple homemade way to create leaves is by using colored construction paper. Cut out leaves of different shapes and colors. Use scissors and cut them out freehand or find a good leaf stencil. Scatter your leaves around the tables, floor, and even hang some from the ceiling using fishing line.

For a more professional look, purchase something like Fall Leaves Jumbo Wire Garland.  It’s 12 feet long with red, orange and yellow foil leaves attached to a bendable wire strand. Wrap it around columns, chairs, arches, or create a centerpiece of some sort. The Fall Leaves Gleam N’ Burst Centerpiece is another great purchase that will bring some serious sparkle and fall fun to any table.

Picture Perfect Pumpkins

One of the cheapest and best ways to decorate for a Fall Festival is with pumpkins. Real pumpkins are great because they are each unique and there are so many different kinds and colors. Pumpkins can be painted, carved, paired with other “fall” foods like gourds and squash, or they can simply sit in their natural state and serve as a beautiful centerpiece. There are dozens of ways to use pumpkins to decorate.

Amazing Acorns

Another big symbol of fall is the acorn. Acorns are as cheap as you can get if you live in an area with a lot of oak trees. Send the kids out to hunt for acorns and you could end up with hundreds of them for free! Acorns can be decorative if they are spread around a table or made into some sort of craft project.

Decorating for a Fall Festival can be very affordable because of the many natural resources available. A combination of nature’s beauty with some purchased fall decorations can make for a stunning Fall Festival.

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