How it All Began:
When my oldest son was a few years old, he watched the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland for the first time. He was hooked. He would watch it over and over and over again. I began to worry with how much he loved it. As he grew older and learned to read, he read every version he could find. One of the first plays he was ever in, during his 6th grade year, was Alice in Wonderland. He played the Caterpillar and was just brilliant at it! Yes, I admit to being a little biased!
As I was planning his 16th birthday, I came up with the idea to throw him an Alice in Wonderland party. I then took it a step further and decided to write a murder mystery for it! He was so excited by the idea, he helped me. He knew all the characters so well, including all the obscure ones from the original book. We had so much fun creating this. The night of the party was amazing! We had over 40 teenagers come and they all had so much fun! I’ll walk through some of the details of the party and then give you a FREE pack of printables for you to use for your own party!
Planning the Party:
The first thing I thought about, when I began planning the party was how to do the character list and assignments when I didn’t know exactly how many would be attending! Because he had about 50 he wanted to invite and knowing that not all 50 would come, how would we pull this off to include everyone?
The solution came in the form of creating the first 25 characters as integral to the plot of the mystery. Then we created 20 more characters who would add to it but if they weren’t there, the plot wouldn’t fall apart! It worked beautifully! So, depending on the number of guests you are planning on, just know that they are listed in order of importance!
The next thing we did, after we created the story was we created character envelopes. Each envelope had a name tag with the character name written on it and then a card telling them about their character. We divided these up by the group of girl cards and boy cards! I put them (in order from the most important on down) in a basket for the girls and a basket for the boys. As each guest arrived, we gave them a card from the front.
Executing the Party:
As people arrived, mingled and got into character, our host began making announcements or small notes would be delivered to certain guests. It all follows the script and works really smooth. My husband played this part and two of my younger kids were the ones who delivered notes. Again, this was paced at a decent pace but also while watching as the kids ate food, mingled and pretended to be their individual parts. There are a few sections where games can be inserted, but these aren’t necessary. It just adds to the fun!
At the end of the evening, once the right people have been killed off and all the clues have been handed out, it was time to gather a jury and vote! We held this similar to the court scene in the book/movie! It was chaotic and fun and silly! Have fun with this part as people yell out their suspects and the suspects have to defend themselves! You can either have the culprit be whoever the majority of the crowd chooses, or I do share in the script, in the host notes who we deemed to be the real murderer! How you do the ending is completely up to you!
Here are the things you need to throw a successful Alice in Wonderland Murder Mystery Party:
Script: The script to help you walk through the party and that includes all the notes. (included in the party pack for $5)
Character Envelopes: With a name tag and character card for each character. (included in the party pack for $5)
Character Clues: These cards can be printed on cardstock and cut up and placed in order to be delivered throughout the evening (included in the party pack for $5)
Photo Props: these can be printed on cardstock and cut out. Attach sticks at the bottom to make them easy to hold. (included in FREE Party pack below)
Food: Do whatever menu you want! Sliders or sandwiches could be fun! You can add little flags that say “eat me” and drink labels that say “drink me” (Check out the options available in the FREE party pack below!)
Thank You Cards: Once your evening is over, if you want to thank your guests for coming, send them a little note! (2 options included in the FREE party pack below.)
Now all you need to do is plan the date and send out your invitations!
You can purchase and download the PDF of the script, character cards and clue cards for only $5:
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