Friday, January 11, 2013
"How To Host A Murder"
Being the mystery buff that I am, (I grew up on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Perry Mason and Agatha Christi), I have wanted to host a murder for the longest time. Why have I waited so long? Because everyone that I have spoken with who has attended one of these affairs, has had uncomplimentary things to say.
Well I did it!!!! On New Year's Eve, a murder was committed at Three-stories (pretend). It is much easier if you buy the package the first time that you host the murder. Everything is included, even the menu for the entire evening. I felt very confident when I read the back of the box where it said...."All you need is a sense of humor and a light hearted approach toward deceit, larceny and murder. The directions are very clear and they keep you on the right track throughout the evening.
It helps to wear costumes.....but it isn't necessary.
Even after the main meal, it helps to keep food coming. I served a dish between each act (there are four parts to each murder mystery). It took well over two hours to complete the final act.......all of the guests became intensely involved in the suspense and intrigue.
Remember to start well ahead of time and set an elegant table if the directions on the box suggest it. Our mystery took place during the 1930's in an English mansion. It may mean moving a little furniture around to get the right effect. It certainly helps the outcome. Oh yes, and the murder has to take place after dark.
The result? It was fascinating and definitely hilarious at times. It was also exciting by the end of the last act. There were loads of secrets throughout the evening, as each dinner guest took on their role with passion and professionalism. I am looking forward to hosting another murder soon at Three-stories. Who knows, it just may turn into an obsession. Yikes!!!