Murder Mystery Dinner Party!

"Clue" Inspired Murder Mystery Dinner Party

     My oldest daughter Mia was turning 14!  I still can't believe it.  Fourteen...where does the time go?  As usual, I'm always trying to come up with a theme that is both unique and that they will love.  And being that she was turning fourteen, I knew that the party needed to have a level of maturity to it but still be loads of fun!  We came up with the idea for the party while playing one of her favorite games one evening.  The six iconic characters of the classic board game "CLUE" served as the perfect inspiration for this glamorous Murder Mystery Dinner Party!

     I wanted the color palette to be very rich and glamorous so I ultimately decided on jewel tones mixed with hints of gold and white and of course elements of  Mia's chosen character... Miss Peacock.

     The invitation and printables were so much fun to design. I love how they turned out! I created a tri-fold design and inside the invitation, each girl would discover which character they would portray at the party! Along with the invitation,  I also created custom "Clue" game cards and room signs so that the girls could actually play the game live throughout the different rooms in the house!

    What girl doesn't like the opportunity to dress to the nine?  They had so much fun wearing their fancy dresses and role playing as their chosen character during dinner and throughout the evening.

     I kept the decor simple yet classy. I didn't want it to feel too over the top as I wanted them to feel like they were just at a fancy dinner party!  For the centerpiece, I clustered a grouping of jewel colored glass vases of different shaped and sizes and filled them with gorgeous flowers and added a cluster of jewel toned tissue poms above the table.  We served the girls a lovely 5 course dinner to give them plenty of time to role play and have fun becoming their characters.

     After the game was played BUT before the mystery was solved, the girls sat in the "parlor" trying to solve it while enjoying the delicious  desserts of mini cupcakes, yummy sugar cookies, delectable brownies and a cake from Frosted that was "to die for!"

     The girls spent the rest of the evening grabbing props and striking poses in the ever so popular photo booth I created!

     It just goes to show that inspiration for your next party can come from anywhere.  Who knew that a family game of "Clue" would have inspired such a delightfully fun birthday party idea!
     I hope you found plenty of inspiration to use for your next party!

Vintage Carnival Party

Vintage Carnival Party

      I have been wanting to style a Vintage Carnival Party for forever!  So when my daughter Bella who was turning thirteen told me that's what she wanted, I couldn't wait to get started!
      Like always, I can't wait to start designing the invitation and the printables.  The invitation sets the tone for the whole party and gets all the guests who receive it excited in anticipation for what's to come!  And who doesn't love a carnival!  I decided to go with black and white with accents of red, yellow and turquoise.  This set the tone for the rest of the decor.

      I spent the next couple weeks going to yard sales and antique stores in search of the perfect vintage finds to accessorize with.  One of my favorite finds was this antique bubblegum machine.  Isn't it adorable?

     I displayed that along with some other great finds on the "Sweets & Treats" dessert table.  The sprinkles cake was so much fun and super easy to decorate thanks to a fabulous tutorial by
 Jenny Cookies.  

      The festive popcorn and cotton candy sugar cookies were certainly a big hit along with the mini cherry pies and classic vanilla cupcakes!

     One of my favorite elements of the dessert table was the glittery "SWEETS" letters popping out of a vintage wooden box filled with yummy red and yellow jelly beans.  These letters were made by my sweet friend Nancy over at

      Another one of my favorite things to style is the tablescape.  I started with a turquoise blue table runner, then placed two large red and white striped popcorn buckets filled with white hydrangea to resemble popcorn.  So fun!!  I then hot glued yellow carnival tickets to straws and popped them in the middle of the arrangement.

      Set on top of the super cute black and white striped plates were these adorable clown duckie mason jar favors.  I found all the supplies to make these cuties from Oriental Trading.  They have everything and anything you could ever need when it comes to parties!  I simply painted the jar cover white, hot glued on the duckie, painted his nose red,  added a cute party hat, some bakers twine, a darling vintage tag and filled them with some yummy taffy! It's probably one of the cutest party favors I've made to date!

     After some delicious carnival inspired fare of mini sliders and hot dogs with all the fixins, the real fun was ready to begin!  Because what's a carnival without classic carnival games!  We had Balloon Pop, Matching Ducks Game, Ring Toss, Ping Pong Toss and last but not least... Face Painting!  These games along with the ever so popular photo booth kept everyone occupied for hours!

      The party finally ended when all the prizes had been won and everyone was stuffed with all the popcorn, cotton candy, and cherry pie they could eat!  Fun was definitely had by all! 
 Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you found a little inspiration for your next party!

Supplies and vendors:

Invitations, Printables & Styling: A Lovely Design

Plates, straws & dessert cups:  Tomkat Studio

Mason jars, carnival tickets, DIY ducks, blue & white taffy, pompoms, matching duck game:

Glittery "SWEET" letters: atozebracelebrations

Mini white frames: IKEA

Pendant & tissue tassel banner:  Target

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided  samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.