Planning A Thrilling Murder Mystery Dinner Event

September 3, 2019
Candles in small glass holders on a long dinner table - Planning A Mystery Murder Dinner Event, Horton Events

Event planning can be a profitable career for entrepreneurial minds who think outside the box. But you don’t need to be a professional to pull off an unforgettable event that will have your corporate team talking around the water cooler. This blog will teach you how to successfully arrange a murder mystery dinner event.

Know Your Audience

Before selecting the theme, understand your audience to avoid choosing an offensive theme. Determine whether it’s a corporate event or a family and friends gathering. Will children be included? Assess these details and plan accordingly. Mystery party kits usually specify the number of players needed and the appropriate age range.

Theme Is Everything

Choose a theme that resonates with your guests, creating the perfect party atmosphere. Considering your audience and selecting the ideal theme is key to your success.

Choose the Perfect Venue

Location is crucial. Consider logistical challenges your guests might face and ensure adequate parking. Calculate the number of attendees, expecting about 20% of those who RSVP “Yes” will not show. The venue must accommodate your guest list and provide necessary resources like catering, bartending, and event coordinators.


Regardless of contributions from party-goers, your budget will dictate the event’s success. Understanding what’s included in your venue cost supports smart decision-making. Consider hiring an event planner if you have more than 25 guests. Here are some budget line items:

  • Venue
  • Parking (not always free)
  • Catering
  • Bartending
  • Mystery Party Kit
  • Event Planner
  • Prizes
  • Invitations


Include specific details on the invitation, such as dress code and role preparation. Offer costume shopping recommendations and set an RSVP deadline. Baby Boomers may prefer hard-copy invitations, but electronic invitations work well for most. We recommend Eventbrite for various communication options and easy cover charge collection.

At Horton Events, our downtown Nashville event venue will bring your vision to life with our premium catering vendors or yours. Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy our covered patio and seats up to 150 guests. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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