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!



Halloween Signature Drinks

In search of the perfect spooky or spirited drink to serve for Halloween? We have you covered. Whether you’re throwing a party or just looking for something fun to have on hand while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, enjoy a fun and tasty beverage to get in the holiday spirit! We’re sharing some of our favorites from around the web:

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For the Adventerous:

Candy Corn Jell-o Shots

via Tipsy Bartender
 

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Ingredients:

  • White Layer

  • 1 Packet Pina Colada Ez Jello Mix

  • 2 1/2 Cups Water

  • 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Rum

  • Orange Layer

  • 1 Packet Orange Crushed Ez Jello Mix

  • 2 1/2 Cups Hot Water

  • 1 1/2 Cups Butterscotch Schnapps

  • Yellow Layer

  • 1 Packet Lemon Drop Ez Jello Shot Mix

Directions:
Watch this quick YouTube video to see exactly how to prepare your own!


For the Family-Friendly Crowd:

Black Lemonade

via instructables

image source: instructables

image source: instructables

Ingredients:

  • juice of one lemon

  • 1-2 capsules activated charcoal

  • stevia or maple syrup

  • water

  • ice

Directions:
Cut lemon in half and squeeze it with a juicer releasing the juice. Make sure to pick out any seeds that may sneak in. Add lemon juice to a 16 ounce glass.
Break open 1-2 activated charcoal capsules (check dosage on your bottle or container), add to the lemon juice, and stir to combine.
Fill glass to the top with ice and add water. Stir in sweetener to taste.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!


For the Festive Family:

Witch’s Brew

via sugar hero

image source: sugar hero

image source: sugar hero

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters ginger ale chilled

  • 4 cups pineapple juice chilled

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice fresh (optional)

  • 1 gallon lime sherbet

  • 1 block dry ice (used 5 lbs for a 3-hour party)

  • Large cauldron

  • punch bowl that fit inside cauldron

Directions:
Break the dry ice into large pieces using a mallet or other tool. Be careful that you use gloves when handling it, since it can cause burns if it comes into contact with your skin.
Place some of the dry ice in the bottom of your cauldron. Put the remaining dry ice in a cooler nearby.
Pour some hot water on top of the ice so that it starts to smoke.
Place the punch bowl on top of the dry ice inside the cauldron.
Combine the ginger ale, pineapple juice, and lemon juice in the punch bowl, and stir to combine.
Add scoops of lime sherbet, mix it for a few minutes until the sherbet starts to melt, then serve!
Replenish the dry ice and hot water as necessary, to keep the smoke effect going.

Note: dry ice can be harmful if swallowed, so do not put it directly in the punch bowl or beverage cups.