Creative Date Idea #23 Murder Mystery Dinner Party | Say No to Netflix and Chill

Creative Date Idea #23 Murder Mystery Dinner Party | Say No to Netflix and Chill

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It’s Friday that means it’s date night! Welcome to my variety channel. In this episode I will be talking about another creative date idea, taken out of my book I wrote entitled 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic. I love creative dates. It is fun to come up with a new idea or put a twist on a classic idea and take a girl out and have fun. I had all kinds of ideas and personal experiences with dating, so I made a book about it and recently published in on Amazon. Don’t let “Netflix and Chill” be the default for your dates! Married, dating someone, single, there is something for everyone!

Creative Date #23: Murder Mystery Dinner Party

A murder mystery dinner is a party that allows the participants to remove themselves from everyday life. Some might say it’s nerdy, but I’d call it more of an escapism, if you will.

One of the best parts of this is that everyone gets to be a completely different person for a night. They put on their thinking/sleuth caps to solve a murder. How fun is that? Mystery parties have been a popular form of entertainment for many years; in fact, murder mystery parties date back to the parlor games of Medieval Europe. The basic idea is that everyone is given a character identity for the evening—characters with backstory and who are acquainted with one of the other characters who’s been killed. The participants then spend the evening acting as their characters while trying to figure out who committed the murder, where they did it, and how they did it. The twist is that all the guests have motives, so it is quite possible that any one of them could be the murderer.

Dressing up for the part will help you get in the acting mood and adds a really fun element to the night. I have never met someone who didn’t like a murder mystery party. It’s kind of like the game CLUE, but you get to act it out instead of playing it as a board game.

What you need for this date:

In order for this to work, you need a murder mystery kit. You can buy these at hobby shops, online, eBay, etc., or if you are creative and a good writer and storyteller, you can write your own. These games typically involve eight people, four women and four men, so it is a perfect group date activity. You don’t have to plan it around dinner but it works the best if you have a three-course meal prepared so people can have something to do while acting the night out.

My experience with this date:

I’ve done this date idea several times, and it’s always a blast. Here is my first experience with a Murder Mystery Dinner Party: One summer, I was on an eBay kick, so I would haunt garage sales and search for stuff I knew I could sell online for a lot more than I would have to pay for it. While I was rummaging through the goods at one particular house, I found a never-been-opened Murder Mystery Party kit. Talk about a great find! I had always wanted to try one of those and here was an unopened kit in perfect condition. I quickly snatched it up and paid one dollar for it. I was incredibly stoked, considering they go for about thirty dollars brand new in the store. I could’ve put it on eBay and made money, but I didn’t sell this treasure. I used it to plan my first Murder Mystery Dinner Party.

Some time later I had a chance to actually do the party. I was dating this particular girl with whom I wanted to elevate the status from friends to “more than friends,” if you know what I mean. This would be our fifth formal date and things seemed to be going well. She was bright, energetic, and very easy on the eyes, and her smile could light up even the darkest of rooms. She liked to have fun and I knew a Murder Mystery Dinner Party would be a big hit. We planned the evening’s event at her mom’s house (a two bedroom, four man bachelor apartment doesn’t exactly have a true dining room for a real dinner party, but you can improvise with card tables, coffee tables, and counters, if you have no other options).

Everyone arrived buzzing with excitement for the event. They were dressed up as if they truly were a character in a mystery novel. To start off the event right, everyone had researched their assigned roles so they’d be comfortable and know what to do. I prepared, cooked, and served a three-course meal for all of us, which consisted of salad, shredded pork barbecue sandwiches, and banana and strawberry splits….

To find out how the rest of the evening went read the book! 🙂

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