Mix It Up with a Festive Murder Mystery Dinner Party This Week

Halloween is just over a week away and we’re in full-blown spooky mode! This time of year seems to fly right by on the way to more major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we love to take a little extra time to stop and enjoy the Halloween festivities. This year, in lieu of a standard Halloween party, we’re all about hosting a fun mystery themed dinner party… a murder mystery to be exact!

Perfectly in sync with the season, a murder mystery party is a great way to try something new with a group of friends. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will give you tons of great ideas and even some free downloads for your storylines to follow! Host the night as a potluck to keep costs to a minimum. Once you decide on your murder mystery storyline and theme, carry that theme throughout the whole evening with your decor, dress, and even food! Say you pick a tropical vacation theme. You can decorate with palm trees, serve grilled pineapple, drink pina coladas, and wear a grass skirt. Assign each friend a character ahead of time so they can dress specifically for their role.

When it comes to a murder mystery, you can really go as crazy or as basic as you want. As you can see, we love to get into the spirit, but if you’re on a tight budget or just not really that into the theatrics, you can eat, wear, and drink whatever you want while still playing the game. Ultimately all the extras are up to you, but we love this as a fun and festive alternative for the Halloween season! Happy entertaining!



Our Favorite Ways to Keep Kids Entertained at Your Next Dinner Party

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Image Source: Oriental Trading

Hitting that point where your friends are bringing their kids to dinner parties and you have no idea how to keep them entertained? We’ve got you covered. While it’s easy to just throw Disney channel on the TV and plop them down, there are so many more fun way to keep them entertained that don’t involve technology! In the age of iPads and tablets, use this as an opportunity for kids to be unplugged -- especially if they’re younger. Think back to all the fun things you did as a kid to play! Here are some of our favorites:

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Image Source: Buzzfeed

Paper Tablecloths

This is just too fun! Lay out a paper tablecloth and some crayons and let the kids go to town. There’s more than enough space for them to fill and they can make their own creations, or work together for larger pictures. This will keep them going for hours.

Silly Putty and Play Doh

Two classics. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even make your own for them to play with. Have these out in addition to paper tablecloths and you’ll really create some fun. If they don’t know already, show them how silly putty can pull up the colors from their drawings! How cool?

Coloring Books

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Image Source: Fresh Mommy Blog

A little more conservative than a full table cloth, coloring books are also a viable option to have at the table. This also means you can put them away when it comes time to eat if you so choose and also allows each child to bring their drawings home with them, which a full tablecloth makes difficult.

Legos

Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy playing with Legos? Not just for boys, we all love building little buildings and things with Legos. Put some buckets overflowing with Legos on the table and the kids will be busy in no time! Leave them with some instructions or suggestions of things to build, or just let their imaginations run wild.

DIY Food

Why not involve the kids in their meal prep, too? We love make you own dinners! Whether it’s make your own pizza, building tacos, or sundaes for dessert, this is a really fun way to keep the kids entertained but also have them help out a bit. Didn’t you ever want to help make pizza when you were a kid? Imagine getting to decorate your own personal sized pizza with toppings… yum!

Save Your Wallet With These Budget Friendly Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

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Weddings can be a burden on your bank account, and most forget about the additional expenses surrounding a wedding like the bridal shower, lodging for family, and the rehearsal dinner. To help you save on additional expenses, we've come up with budget friendly rehearsal dinner ideas your friends and family will love.


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Image Source: Cedarwood Weddings

BUFFETS

Buffets are a great catering option for your rehearsal dinner because you can offer a few different dishes that fit into your budget. Who doesn't like a pasta and salad buffet, or some southern style mac and cheese and fried chicken?! 


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Image Source: The Sweetest Occasion

APP STATIONS

Appetizer stations are perfect for the bride and groom who want a more cocktail hour style dinner. Friends and family can feel free to socialize and have a lighter dinner. You can make your apps themed to go with your wedding or have stations representing cuisine around the world! 


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Image Source: Intimate Weddings

B.B.Q.

Barbeques are the laid-back option you didn't know you needed for your rehearsal dinner. Have a pre-wedding party and grill everyone's favorite burgers and dogs. Play backyard games, and just have fun!


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Image Source: Blog Lovin

MURDER MYSTERY

Gather everyone for an exciting murder mystery dinner night! You can play this in the comfort of your home if you have a small dinner guest list. It will help the happy couple forget about the stress of the upcoming day, and who doesn't love a party game?!


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Image Source: Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

A PICNIC

If there is a beautiful park in the area, consider having your rehearsal dinner picnic style! Bring comfy blankets, pillows, finger foods, and champagne! Everyone can be involved by either packing their own food or bringing a dish like a pot-luck. 


Raw Potluck: A New Way of Dinner Party

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Image Source: What's Gaby Cooking

Dinner parties are a staple of adulthood these days, but they can get pricey and overwhelming fast. You get your girlfriends together, grab some wine, and catch up over some mouthwatering food, but let’s be real - it’s a lot harder to relax and enjoy a dinner when you’re hosting! You can be totally down to have some company, but sometimes a meal for a big group isn’t exactly in the budget, and it’s hard to find the time to cook a few courses entirely on your own. It’s easy to miss out on the fun when you’re too stressed about how much you’re spending or how long the lasagna has to go in the oven for, so change it up and make the dinner prep part of the experience!

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If you’re having a casual dinner party with close friends, consider asking each of them to be responsible for a certain part of the meal, and have everyone bring the raw ingredients over earlier in the afternoon. Instead of thinking of yourself as the sole host, imagine that you’re all hosting the party. Delegate different aspects of the meal to each one of your guests. They can make whatever they’d like within that category, but you can prepare it all as a group for some extra time together.

For example, assign one friend to a side of veggies - she could bring some peppers and onions for a stir fry veggie dish, or bring the ingredients for a fresh Greek salad. Another friend could be responsible for an appetizer of her choosing, another for a starchier side, another friend for dessert, and so forth. Choose the entree yourself, and have everyone plan their sides accordingly for an effortless and inexpensive meal!

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Image Source: @hedi_mamlook

If you’re looking for something even easier but you still want that dinner party experience, round up your friends with the same food subscription service. Have everyone bring that week’s Blue Apron box- you can still prep it together and enjoy a delicious meal as a group, but there’s a lot less pressure on you as the host. For some added excitement, put someone in charge of drinks and try out some fun cocktail recipes while you cook. Grab some cute aprons, toss on some throwback hits, and chef up a great meal while you reminisce together!