Decorate your party space as you would a wedding reception:
- Adorn the venue with white wedding bells.
- Create a wedding arch (see some below).
To make your own balloon arch, check out this link!
- Raid the dollar store, craft store, garage sales, everywhere that has an inexpensive wedding decorations. Stock up on sales!
- Recycle old wedding decorations – you can use your own, a friend’s, or look for used ones on craigslist.com
- Create your own table decorations from anything you have.
- Vases with sand and candles
- Silk flowers
- Table numbers
- Fake rose petals can go a long way… as can silk flowers.
- Check your local dollar store and discoutn store for silk flowers, candles, vases, etc.
- Paper lanterns are also a good light source that can double as a decoration.
- String along white twinkly lights.
- String white twinkly lights in sheer fabrics and hang for both lighting and decoration.
To make it a little more theme-centric, you could:
- Have the entryway arranged like a hotel lobby with signs pointing to "The Giovanni & Simpson Reception Room".
- Have a guest book for all of your guests to sign in! Encourage them to make comments about the party.
- Create a wedding ceremony stage, complete with aisle for the bride to walk down.
- Use the staged area to make announcements such as the greeting, investigation report, evidence presentation, etc.
- Create a dance floor for the reception.
- Do the first dance, dance with the parents, cutting of the cake and other wedding traditions.
- If serving dinner, have a head table where the bridal party will sit.
- Place a “Just Married” sign on it (included with mystery).
- Balloon arch over it optional!
- Seat other guests by where their characters should sit (with their “family” members).
- Use placecards, included with mystery, at table settings.
- Have wedding favors for your guests
- Wrap candy in tulle fabric and tie with a bow! Add a little “murder” to them by dipping the ends in red fabric paint and letting them dry.
(Signs included with mystery)
- Have bubbles available for your guests to shower the happy couple with.
- Toasting glasses rimmed with “blood” (instructions with mystery - pictured below).
- Get monogrammed napkins and such with Becky and Stanley’s monograms.
- Create wedding programs lying about to help people remember who all of the characters are from the mystery.
- Have a wedding arch – you can place it on your wedding area or someplace else for pictures. To create a balloon arch, follow these directions!
- Have disposable cameras sitting out on the tables so that the guests at the wedding can capture some great candid picts of the night.
Be sure to utilize all of the extras that come with the mystery--
• Name cards for your guests
• Personalized menus
• Drink charms for all of your guests
• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses
• Designed labels to put on champagne bottles for awards
• and MORE!
CReate a Backdrop
Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.
A few suggestions:
- Pick a place where there will be good lighting.
- You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.
- Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.
- An easy way to create a background is to use a "scene setter". These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.
- Use props like wedding bells, columns, balloon arches, wedding arches, lavish chairs, anything you can think of, to create a staged area for pictures.
- Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.
- For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
- Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.
- If having a party with 20 guests, you may ask Ronnie Rhymer to take the pictures.
- For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.