A couple weeks ago Lance and I hosted a murder mystery dinner party for some of our friends – it was a totally blast! It was a night full of murders, scandals, bribery, backstabbing and love affairs. Guests were given characters before the evening to prepare for their roles – everyone arrived in costume and ready to play along.
Our party took place at the Four Deuces Speakeasy for it’s grand opening in Chicago 1922. The Four Deuces is a juice joint owned by Don Wannabe and his wife Madame Meme. Serving up booze is dangerous business during the prohibition so the establishment disguised to the public, windows were covered to be discreet and guests used a secret entrance and presented a password to be granted entry.
To entertain the guests the Four Deuces featured a couple of gambling tables in the front
a hefty dose of jazz & smokes
and upstairs, an exclusive high class brothel.
Since this was a brand new speakeasy, the who’s who of Chicago was there – gangsters, politicians, dolls, molls, gamblers, jazz singers. As guests arrived for the grand opening they mingled and got to know one another.
The booze was flowing..
Shaken, stirred and poured
Don “Big Jim” Ravioli got ready to make a speech to welcome then guests when suddenly the lights went out and gun shots were heard. Big Jim had been murdered!
Carrie Crooner Ravioli was quite upset over her husbands sudden murder
In an effort to control the situation, Inspector Neville “The Nose” Nutella ordered no one to leave the building to discover who was behind Big Jims murder. After the Inspector presented his evidence to the attendees he began his questioning…that’s when the we began to discover the secrets and scandals of the night.
As the night progressed everyone was a suspect – which lead some to take drastic measures.
And more than one secret love affair was revealed…
Three more murders occurred at the Four Deuces that night.
After each guest had their chance to figure out whodunit the Inspector revealed the murderer – who had in fact been murdered by another guest at sometime in the night. Were they seeking revenge? Conspiring? We will never know..
The entire night was lots of fun – everyone came dressed in their best glad rags and ready to have a good time!
In addition to the night of mystery and murder we also had drinks and dinner. Here’s the menu:
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato
Most of the recipes are new to the blog, but will be posted over the next few weeks!
The guests left with bags of 1920’s era candy to take home and of course a few (candy) cigarettes.
The party was a great success thanks to enthusiasm and participation from all of our wonderful guests – THANK YOU! You guys made it amazing! And a huge thanks to Ari’s husband Steve for stepping back from his duties as Al Capone from time to time to take many of these wonderful photographs!
Invitations and printables were created by me