While your home is the perfect place to host a murder mystery, a venue outside of the home is a guaranteed way to impress your party guests and increase the likelihood of everyone getting into character.
Choosing a venue doesn’t have to be intimidating, especially if you’ve already decided on a specific mystery theme. Here are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself for a successful venue selection:
Does the venue complement the theme? A speakeasy mystery is perfect for a pub or any space that has an old 1920s feel to it. The last thing you want to do is have a speakeasy murder mystery in your living room, unless you’re a Roaring Twenties enthusiast with plenty of Art Deco furniture and decor. A conflicting venue and mystery theme throws off the party’s uniformity. View the space in person to accurately determine whether it’s a good match for your mystery.
How many people can the venue hold? This may seem like an obvious question, but keep in mind you want your guests to be able to comfortably mingle during the game. A venue suitable for 70 to 90 people is ideal for at least 20 to 30 people shy of the maximum capacity to allow for breathing room. Remember, the murderer needs to be able to move freely throughout the party to avoid being caught!
Are alcoholic drinks allowed? Not every party needs to have alcohol, but it’s best to confirm with the venue owners before selecting a location.
What are the venue’s rules regarding parties that extend past the set time? Be sure to ask for a breakdown of costs to avoid unexpected charges, as a party that does not start and stop at exact times may cost you more than you expected to initially pay.