Holiday Entertaining with an Open House

December 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Plan Your Party, The Art of Party Hosting

The holidays are upon us, and even though there is no snow outside my window, I can’t help but want to write about all thinks sparkly, green and red! Often, I talk to hosts who are intimidated by the idea of having a large party around the holidays. Things are already so stressful, they tell me, and then to add on the stress of hosting a party – it’s all just too much! Enter the Holiday Open House… One of the most popular casual party hosting options at this time of year is to... 

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A Quick Reference Guide for Party Invitation Lead Times

February 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

One question we receive a lot here at Shot In The Dark Mysteries is:  How far ahead of my party should I send guest invtations? Here’s a great at-a-glance reference tool for party lead times. For murder mystery-specific invitation advice, read HOW TO HANDLE MURDER MYSTERY INVITATIONS AND RSVP’S. Give me more murder mystery party hosting tips! I want to check out the mystery games, please! Want to discuss party hosting ideas and tips with other party hosts? Join us on Facebook in The... 

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Throw a Party in a Small Space – 8 Easy Tricks

January 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

Apartment dweller? Shoe box home? You can still entertain in your house, you just need these tips to help you make the most of your space – and help your guests feel less like they’re in a sardine can and more like they’re in a cozy mingling area.   Because of my husband’s profession, we move around a lot. We can up and move on a dime, and as a family we’ve got the technique down to an art. I’m the one in charge of finding a house in the new destination, and... 

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Junior Sleuths – Involving Kids in your Murder Mystery Party

January 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

One of the most common scenarios we hear from hosts that are parents or those holding family events is that there are one or two kids of varying ages. They may or may not be at the reading age and most of the time they may not have the skills required to take on a character (or “suspect”) in the mystery.  Two minute attention spans and classic childhood boredom need to be considered, as giving a child too much responsibility can not only lead to frustration for them, it can also have... 

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6 Tips for Throwing Outdoor Parties

January 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

  As summer winds down, many of us will be clinging to the nice weather and entertaining outdoors. As the days become shorter though, there are new party obstacles to overcome – mosquitoes, lack of visibility and other outdoor dangers are heightened when the sun goes down, so follow these tips to ensure you have a great outdoor get-together – while you still can!   Battle of the Bugs There are only three things in life that are certain – death, taxes and mosquitoes!... 

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Quick and Practical Tips for Throwing Interactive Mystery Parties

January 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

An “Interactive” murder mystery party is a truly unique format. Instead of sitting around reading scripts and performing embarassing tasks, your guests are up, mingling and interroging suspects to put together the clues and determine who had the motive, means and opportunity to commit murder. It’s a very liberating and incredibly easy format, which makes it perfect for beginners – whether those beginners are the guests (having never attended a mystery party before) or the... 

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But What About the Kids at an Adult Murder Mystery Party?

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

There’s nothing worse than receiving a declined RSVP from someone you really want at your party simply because they have to stay home with the kids. Most times, child care issues are just as disappointing for the person missing the mystery party as they are for the host or hostess. Babysitters are expensive, and if you have a family that’s relatively new in town who aren’t settled yet with babysitters and have no family to rely on, the only answer they can give is “not attending”. But... 

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Thank You Notes For Your Host

January 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Tips For Mystery Party Guests

As the holidays wrap up and the New Year sinks in, we’re more compelled to look forward than look back. But in terms of proper party etiquette, there’s one more quick look back we all need to make, and that’s to give thanks to those who wined, dined and entertained us over the holiday season. Hosting a party is no easy task. There are so many things to arrange, food to make, guest lists to organize – and most hosts feel they’ve run a marathon by the time the party arrives.... 

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How to open a bottle of bubbly this New Years Eve

December 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, The Art of Party Hosting

Did you know there’s actually a proper way to open a bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Wine that will not only limit potential damage to your venue and guests, but also maintain the integrity of the bubbly? We should hope this is obvious, but just in case, step one is to remove the metal foil covering the wired cork. Keep your hand firmly over the cork while doing this, in case the cork has the desire to “pop” on its own. Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle and remove the cork... 

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So You’re Attending a Mystery Party…

February 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Tips For Mystery Party Guests

Mystery parties are a lot of fun. If you have been invited to a mystery for the first time, you’re in for a real treat. How to play a murder mystery game at a party There has been a murder or a theft! (*gasp*!) But we all know that – that’s the reason we’re getting together, after all. The suspects, anywhere between 5 and 20, will quickly make themselves known. Perhaps you’re a suspect yourself, but you may just be an ‘investigator’ or ‘sleuth’,... 

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