Thursday, June 7, 2012

A 1920s Murder Mystery Party

Last Saturday I was invited to a splendid event. 

It was my first, and it was a blast. The theme of these dinner parties is that you come as a character, there is a plot weaved through the evening and clues, murders and surprises are revealed. The party was the opening of a new speakeasy by a notorious madam. She was married to the new crime boss and the backdrop for it all was 20s prohibition. 

I was a rival crime boss' wife and my job was to not let guests figure out what my husband did, and find out who killed our two best hit men.

I don't do 20s often because I find the look very high maintenance. So when I decided to go that Friday night, I thought, could I make a dress for it? Could I?

I made the flapper dress from my previous dress in pattern that was the same with darker colors. Surprisingly this dress was a bit easier to make even though I made it months after the first time I did it. I mean, I thought I had so much time that I added piping to the flounced skirt. That's how I roll.

I also did 20s a degree. Heavy eye makeup and lips. Glasses don't really work with a 20's look so I kept them in my purse most of the evening.

My socks are 20s.
The evening was so smooth and filled with food, dancing and drink. Lots and lots of drink.

My friend Wanda played 'The Baroness'. She was not really a baroness, but her character did wear a tiara and had an affair with just about everyone there!

Here is a shot of some of the girls after a few too many.

My friend Mary and I won 'most money' awards. I stole most of mine.

It's what it looks like.
My buddy and dance instructor, Steve.


sew vala said...

I love this dress, and matching hat and lipstick. What a wonderful outfit, so glad to hear you had a fab night.

susied said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun!

Pretty dress :)

Wendy said...


Nettie said...

This looks like so much fun!! Your outfit is perfect!

Sarah said...

This sounds like so much fun, I would love to host something like this! Now if only I could figure out the logistics... And your outfit is absolutely gorgeous, love it!

Rylie said...

Wonderful dress! You had the look down - LOVE those tights too! What a fun evening. Sounds like we'll get to look forward to another similar outing?

Valerie said...

Wow, you look terrific and it sounds like so much fun! So glad you had a great time!

quinn said...

Your outfit looks absolutely fabulous, and so do you! What a fun evening :)

Martin Worthington said...

Hello Shelley,

We're a start-up Murder Mystery Party company based in the UK, and we'd like to offer you one of our host-it-yourself games for free, in the hope that if you like it you might blog about us :)

They're terribly easy to organise - our website sends out the invitations directly, by email. Also, the scripts can be previewed.

If you're interested, get in touch at, and also please feel free to pass the offer on to other bloggers.


Martin (for Daggerville Games)

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