Stars Wars Strangulation
If you are a Star Wars tragic like me and you know your BB8s from your R2D2s then you will love this game. You get to join the Imperial Navy recruit school on the Death Star. If you are good enough you might even get your own tie fighter.
Story: We have all joined the Imperial Navy recruit school. Several recruits have decided to escape and join the rebellion. The story follows our recruits as they are put through their paces in the flight trials. The winner of course will get to meet the Emperor in person.
Normal Use: 10+, adults, teenagers, fundraiser, birthdays and fun celebration.
Group Size: 2 to 15, 2 to 60 or 60 to 120.
Setting: The Death Star.
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How To Hold A Fantastic Murder Mystery Party
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So you are thinking of organising a party. Do you want a boring party or a ROARING party? Why not turn your party into a murder mystery party and then you will guarantee that your guests will have a brilliant time. What is a Murder Mystery Party? Murder mystery parties are a style of party that have been around since the 1800’s and have been very popular over the decades. Party goers everywhere enjoy them immensely.Their popularity over a long time is due to how this style of party hits raw human emotions.
Where as other forms of party can be seen as "uncool" or "lame" murder mysteries with their suspense, intrigue and curiosity will create a strong emotional attraction that will excite and enthral your guests. Feedback from participants of murder mystery parties is always positive.
Claims of "that was the best party I have been to" or "that was so much fun" or "that is the best team building event I have been to" are often heard by the organisers of murder mysteries. They are a fabulous addition to corporate away days or other personal or work function.
Try it the easy way...Every year we deal with thousands of fundraising requests. And it really is very simple to run a murder mystery for fundraising, especially when we're just a phone call away and can help with both game selection, and support you in the run up to the event.
First... a few FAQs to get you started...
1) Should I hire in an acting team to run a fundraising event?You can, and we regularly DO get hired in to provide murder mysteries for fundraising evenings, but we don’t recommend it unless you have a very wealthy audience! Which is why we spend a lot of time explaining our DIY kits.
Event managed murder mystery evenings cost anything between $700 and $2000 per evening, and while it guarantees everyone a quality night’s entertainment, that figure puts a significant dent into the amount you can raise as the upfront costs are so high. Once you’ve factored in food, venue hire and the marketing, you need to raise an awful lot of money to make any great donation to your chosen cause. By comparison a downloadable murder mystery script is just $200.00. So already you’ve raised $500.00 by doing it yourself!
That isn’t to say you can’t hire us in, and we’ve helped at numerous black tie murder mystery fundraisers over the years, but if you’re a small group, with limited funds, we never recommend hiring in a group in the first instance, purely because of costs. Rather we’d suggest looking at our DIY options where the prices are cheaper and the returns much greater.
2) Do I need outside caterers or hire a restaurant / hotel?
Murder mystery events don’t necessarily require food. We’ve run murder mystery evenings as part of cabaret nights, or with finger food buffets, or wine and canapés before.
Catering is another one of those hidden costs in running a fundraiser, and while it’s great if everyone gets fed, again you need to decide if that’s a cost you can do without to ensure more money goes to your chosen cause.
You might decide that the food will be provided by the fundraising group e.g. a church may decide to have members of the church provide the food. This keeps costs down – but remember, if you’re charging for the food you do need to adhere to food health laws in your own country! (You might be able to circumnavigate food hygiene restrictions if the “cost per ticket” is a “donation” rather than for the food, and have the food provided “free” as part of the event. But it’s something you’d need to check with your local food health departments.)
You can create a really great evening with pre-packed food from supermarkets. A lot of supermarkets do big dish lasagne etc, which makes for an ideal main course, garlic bread for starter, ice cream for dessert, and you’ve kept your food bill to under $4 per head!
Also – don’t forget – you could always just get a fish and chips or take away delivered, rather than use caterers.
3) Do I need to hire a venue?
Venue costs are again one of those hidden costs in fundraising. The simple answer is no. You can run a really effective multi-room mystery in someone’s own home without going to the expense of hiring a venue.
We’ve helped customers with venues in church halls, school halls, even outside barbecues and under marquee before, so the venue is not essential either.
The best venues are FREE ones, and I’d suggest when you start planning for a murder mystery, you visit a number of venues to see if any will donate the venue free, or at a lower cost as you are raising money for charity.
You could also run a murder mystery marathon or relay in which case you don’t need a venue at all – rather you just need people’s houses!
4) Should I get sponsorship?
Why not? You don’t NEED it, but getting various aspects of your fundraiser sponsored by companies will mean more money can go to your chosen charity as sponsorship is paying for advertising, or the venue, or the caterers etc.
If you think it’s unlikely you’ll get any local businesses to pay you in cash for aspects of the murder mystery event, then at least ask them for raffle prizes. Many retailers have stock they will be willing to dispose of for charitable causes. Just remember to thank them, and ensure any donations received are attributed to their organisation. Most businesses love a bit of free advertising, and can write off charitable donations against tax. Don’t expect it though! Quite often if you write 50 letters you’ll only get 5-8 responses for raffle prizes.
5) Should I run a raffle?
Unless you are really opposed to raffles, either on religious grounds or just because you don’t like asking for more money once someone is “in the door”, then a raffle is a sure fire way of raising additional fundraising on the night. Most people will buy a strip of tickets worth $1. And you can get donations for prizes from within your organisation or by approaching businesses local to you.
One thing worth pointing out – don’t just have 1 raffle ticket book. If you have 3-5 colours, then you’re more likely to sell 3-5 strips of tickets!
Also – we’ve been at events where the organiser at the end of the evening has totted up the amount raised so far, and then challenged the audience to donate just a little more to get it to a bigger target. E.g. “If I put in $10 more to this donation jar, will anyone else do the same?” With a good group of people in the room, this will quickly raise $100 more on the evening.
How to Host a Murder Mystery Party
One type of party that has been gaining a lot of recognition lately is the murder mystery party. It gives guests something to mingle with each other about, and they get to use their minds to figure out sometimes difficult puzzles. Not only that, but there’s a lot of excitement and such that also comes along with a murder mystery party. Let’s take a quick look at how you can put together a murder mystery party for your family and friends and what you need to think about in order to do so effectively.
Who, What, Where, When, How?
These are the words that are often associated with solving a crime, but they are also the things that you need to consider when you’re looking at putting together the murder mystery party as well. First off, who are you going to invite? Many murder mysteries are meant to be adult parties, but some of the kits that you can find make it so that you can include teenagers in on the fun as well. Think about your audience and how you want to reach them.
The “what” is already done, but what about the where and the when? Where do you want to host the party? You want to make sure that it is somewhere that has plenty of space for people to walk around and for teams to work together, but you want to make sure that you aren’t going to get interrupted by things like loud music or other interruptions that can make the whole thing difficult. Of course, the where may also determine the when – if you do it in an area with outside seating, you may not want to do it in the dead of winter. What time of day do you want to do it? Do you want to do it in the evening to get a bit of a creepy feel, or do you want to do it during the day? It’s all up to you as the host.
Last but not least, you want to figure out the “how.” What are you going to use? Are you going to put everything together yourself, or are you going to use a kit that another company has produced in order to throw the party that you want to throw? Either option is fine, it just depends on how much work you want to put into it and whether or not you have ideas to take care of it.
If you’re doing a party where people are getting up and moving a lot, make sure that the food is easy to eat; finger foods and hors d’oeuvres are usually great choices. Also make sure that people at least are comfortable with one another, and that you have all the supplies that people will need in order to work together. This is where a kit, like we mentioned above, would be a good idea – they will give you everything that you need in order for your murder mystery party to be a big success.
So, there are a lot of options for you to consider if you are looking to host a murder mystery party. If you’re looking for a website that may be able to help you out, go and check out murdermysteryparties.com.au. They’ve got a comprehensive party kit that you can use and have fun with, no matter how big or small your murder mystery party may end up being. Most of all, make sure that you have a great time, even as the host! Check it out today.
Great Party Themes for Adults
So you want to host a party – that’s great! But what kind of party do you want to host? Lots of your friends may have been getting into the whole “wine and cheese” party thing, but you want to do something a little different and a little more exciting. So what sorts of party themes can you enjoy as an adult? Which ones are worth the time and money investment? Here’s a look at three of the most popular types of party themes for adults that you can try out, either with kits or with your own creative ideas.
Hawaiian Luau or Tropical Theme
If you want to feel like you’ve hit the beach or gone away to a tropical location, you can have a ton of fun with a luau or tropical island theme. You can have an old fashioned pig roast or make up some delicious barbequed foods, and you can have all types of bright colors and themed drinks (hurricanes, anyone?). Everyone should get a lei, of course, and maybe even ask people to dress up in costumes! Have a costume party, have some fun places to take pictures with props, and just go all out with what you have. A tropical themed party can make even the coldest days of winter feel a little bit warmer to everyone who is in on the fun.
Murder Mystery Party
Murder mystery parties are a lot of fun for adults because that means that they get to mingle while figuring out difficult puzzles that will help us solve a crime. And who doesn’t want to feel like they are on a crime show or part of the FBI? The good news is, murdermystery.com.au has a murder mystery party kit that you can use in order to throw your own murder mystery party. All you have to do is get the kit, provide the venue, and host the party (or work with one of their hosts that they have trained to run these sorts of events). You can have finger foods as part of the meal, make sure the area is big enough for everyone to move around, ensure that the venue won’t have noise distractions, and then have everyone get their detective hats on. You can do costumes and such for these too, if people want to get creative!
Decade Themed Bashes
Depending on your group of friends, you may have a decade (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc) that you feel nostalgic for. If that’s the case, then why not put together a party that allows you and your friends to go back to that decade in style. Play music that is from that era, ask everyone to dress up in outfits that help you kick it back to that time, and even check out some of the most popular foods that were being enjoyed at parties all over the country and world. You can teach dances from that era (or remember them together) and do any other number of things so you can get a little taste of that nostalgia, together.
There are lots of ways that you can pull these sorts of things off effectively. If you take the time to plan them out or get kits that can help you to put them together, you will find that you and your guests will have a great time, no matter what theme you may use. It’s all about getting creative and figuring out the best things for you and your party guests to do and enjoy throughout the entire party. The only thing holding you back is your imagination.
This blog is devoted to highlighting different ways to enhance your Night of Mystery parties. We plan to feature different party ideas, contests, pictures of other parties- basically any and everything we can think of to help you throw a better party!