"Last night we ran Murder On The Dancefloor. This was our first time giving the character info at the party. From my point of view, I loved doing it. It made everything run smoother with changing roles. Most of my guests said they would have preferred to have it a few days in advance. There were also a few things that were missed because people didn't have the time to absorb everything. I am going back to giving the info in advance.
Allowing people time to read and absorb everything, threw off our timing. Many of our guests are very serious about knowing all they can about their roles. They wanted more than the half hour I allotted. The murder mystery part ended up going until well past midnight. The actual party lasted until about 4am, with people still debating things that happened. To me, that is a sign of success.
Our signature drink was Honey Bourbon Lemonade. It fit with the teens (the lemonade) and the fact that the story takes place in the US (the bourbon). My co-host winged putting it together. Tasting it as he went along until he thought it was right. We will be making it again soon.
Overall, Murder on the Dancefloor was a huge success. People were engaged debating the finer points long after the murder was revealed. The 1950s theme allows for fun party background music. The costumes are easy to do. One of my favorite parts of the evening was the dance off. Those who danced put on a great show for those of us who didn't.
I love that many of the larger mysteries we have done have a 'talent break'. We added our own hula contest when we did Lei'd To Rest. The movie portion of Halloween Lies was hysterical. When we finally get around to throwing Casino Fatale, we are thinking about adding our own talent show break.
I can't thank you enough for your wonderful mysteries. I have a great time running them. My guests look forward them. It is a fun time for all. "
Kelly Wittman, USA
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