• Have a red carpet runner leading up to the entrance.

  • A “R” Monogram on the door (or use one that comes with the mystery kit).
    - Purchase a wood or cardboard “R” from a local craft store and spray paint it gold.

  • Have a sign for Mystery Manor (print out the sign included with the mystery).

  • Outdoors, create a family graveyard (insructions on how to make your own authentic tombstones in the packet.)
    - Don’t forget to put the tomb of Rick Rochester
    - Add another tombstone with your party’s date and no name or a “?” on it.

  • Have a table to memorialize Rick Rochester. Include pictures of the late millionaire.

  • Hang art (ficticous or real) around the venue to simulate Rick Rochester's art gallery.
    - Create small placards with the frames so that it looks like authentic artwork in a gallery or museum.
    - Find inexpensive picture frames and spray paint them gold.
    - Print pictures or famous artwork from the internet to place into your frames.

  • Glam up the inside with a can of gold spray paint. Paint wine bottles, candlesticks, old vases (and add flowers – fake or real), etc.

  • Cover the furniture with white sheets, as if the house is now abandoned and unused.

  • Hang spider webs in the corners of Mystery Manor.

  • Have a vase of dead flowers as a centerpiece to add to the erie atmosphere.
    -- You can sometimes get old or dead flowers from a florist for no charge.

  • Create a “scene of the crime” with a taped outline, fake evidence and a bloodstain – all roped off with caution or crime scene tape.

  • Cover your tables with white tablecothes to add elegance.

  • Elegance is key!

  • Use linen table cloths.

  • Tea lights.

  • Fancy table runner.

  • Candleabra.

  • Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

  • Use chargers with your place settings.

  • Gold plates and plasticware.

  • Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

Be sure to utilize all of the extras that come with the mystery--

• Name cards for your guests
• Personalized menus
• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses
• Designed labels to put on wine bottles for awards
• and MORE!

To create an erie lighting, consider using non-traditional lighting. Some examples are:

  • Tea lights
    -- To add a shimmering effect, place them on mirrored circles (found at your local craft shop) or simply cover cardboard with aluminum foil and place the tea lights on top of them.

  • White twinkly lights

  • White paper lanterns

  • Candles

  • Chandeliers

  • Candleabras

Create a Backdrop

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:

  • Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

  • You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

  • Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with.

  • An easy way to create a background is to use a "scene setter." These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

  • Use props to enhance the photos. Have things like top hats, boas, big sunglasses, etc. for your guests to pose with.

  • Suspect Board photo prop is included with mystery! (pictured below)

  • Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

  • For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.

    •  Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.
    • 'Suspect Board' prop is included with the mystery! (pictured below)

    • For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).

      o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

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