Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Halloween Murder Mystery


We had such a fun Halloween this year. Nathan and I decided since Sawyer wasn't of 'trick-or-treating' age we wanted to throw a party on Halloween night. We've always wanted to host a murder mystery party so we finally took the plunge! We had so much fun! It was mostly friends from Nathan's class and a couple others. Everyone dressed either to match their character or in a 'Halloween' style costume (witches, mummies, etc). The setting of the murder mystery was supposed to be at a Halloween night club. I was so impressed with how well everyone really fell into their character. It was a pretty tough game and only a few people actually guessed who the real murderer was. I took a bunch of pictures of the food, decorations, and a some of the costumes. You never quite get the same feel from the pictures because of lighting and stuff...but it was a very fun ambience with candles everywhere...I had a blast. Tons of pictures to follow...enjoy! :)

This is the invitation we made for each couple. Underneath the finger was directions for each character assignment.

The witches shoes were party favors filled with chocolate.

Shriveled potatoes with sauce, breadstick bones, and guacamole with blue chips. The witch hats below were little petits fours (cake bites, with a cookie brim)
Jen made the monster mouths (apples with almond slivers) and mummy faces.
Val made the monster toes (hot dogs with tortilla and ketchup for the nail), dirty worms (gummies in oreo), and pretzel ghosts.




Just some candid shots as the guests were arriving.
My friend Jill and her daughter, Ella. She and Sawyer had the same pj's on! Also...Ella is 6-7 months older than Sawyer and so tiny!!
Isac the hypnotist and Jen the screenwriter!
I don't know if you can really tell, but Nathan replaced all of our picture frames with scary pictures...

Nathan put the TV on the floor and created a 'fireplace', complete with sound effects.

Here's the table, before all of the food arrived. I never took a picture of the completed table!
This was our cooler for sodas. The soda cans were inside the pumpkin.
Nathan, the mummy host.

Here's the whole group.

One more thing. Sawyer did have a costume this year. He was a little green monster. Although we made a few alterations. I brought him to Nathan's class on Friday and Nate had me put a sign on the front of his costume that said, S. Mutans. This is the bacteria that causes cavities. The dental students loved it! And Sawyer loved the attention! As you can see in the pictures. We are nerds. Our child's first Halloween and we dress him up as bacteria. He did look pretty cute though. :)


20 comments:

Sabine Schindler said...

Thanks for posting all those great pictures of your party. I couldn't wait to see them. What an awesome job you all did with every detail of it.
I'm sure everyone had a blast!!
And Sawyer!!!! Could he be any cuter??
I just can't wait to hold and "bumble" him!!:o)

Rachel said...

That is the cutest party and foods I've ever seen! So creative!

The Thelins said...

Everything turned out SO cute Jess!! I know that those parties are so much work- you did a great job! And I love Sawyer's costume- that is so funny!!

Kallista said...

Jess, your creativity always amazes me! What a fun party. We wish we could have been there. If I ever throw one, I will have to get ideas from you.

Kristie said...

awesome!!!!! i'm so jealous that we missed it!!! and hey, i didnt know about the TV fireplace thing--how did he do that? love you guys. i could never pull that off, pretty much you are amazing.

Megan said...

Way to go on the party! Looks like it was fantastic and so well done!

Sawyer is beyond adorable. Very, very cute.

Kendra said...

You guys are the coolest people ever! What a fun party! I love all of your great ideas... thanks for sharing. :)

Tracy and Odie said...

oh my gosh! those are too cute! you're the best hostess!

Jonathan and Andrea Forsyth...and Dallin too said...

are you kidding me jess? that looks amazing! i don't know how you guys come up with this stuff, but it's always amazing. i am way impressed (as always:)

The Gronemans said...

You do know how to throw a good party! It was so much fun and I was thoroughly amazed by all the little details!!

Carissa said...

This is SOOO adorable! All of it! The party, the costumes, your little bacteria Sawyer. What an awesome party, you went all out, everything looked great! And the S. Mutans thing was a hoot!

Meghan and Tyler said...

Oh Jess, you always throw the best parties. The whole time I was looking at your food I kept thinking, "how does she do it with a baby?" You are amazing! And I love Sawyers costume. We always knew you guys were nerdy. That's why we love you.

Jerai Moulton said...

Jess I'm so impressed you threw a murder mystery party! I know how much work and time is involved, so way to go! Every thing looked fantastic! Also, I don't think you guys are nerds for dressing Sawyer up like a germ. I think it was perfect and I loved the pictures of him in his costume. What a handsome little man!

Turners said...

we've always wanted to do one of those! I love all the creepy food and the invitations!

Jeremy and Kristin said...

I want to come. What a fun party. You guys NEED to live closer or we need to live in Arizona :) Your little family is so cute. Hope we can see you guys soon

Karen said...

Looks like a good Halloween party! Sawyer is super cute as always! I bet there were zero other kids that dressed us as S. Mutans...I guess your little guy is one in a billion! You guys are very creative. Miss you!

Isac and Jen Simpson said...

JESS! What an awesome post....loved all the pics!

Ashley said...

Wow! you did so much for your party. You put me to shame! I know you spent a lot of time on the food for the party. The question is, were you and Nathan still talking when the party started? :) Loved the Fire and your decorations. Your fingers were awesome, especially your packaging. We would be a good team for Halloween. Sawyer costume was perfect too. I laughed outloud when i saw it. really, you guys did a great job on your party. loved the drink cooler idea. I will remember that one. looking forward to see you guys soon.

Study said...

You guys were so awesome to throw that party! We had so much fun with everyone and we really appreciate all the time you guys spent, you went all out!!!!

ricksdl said...

wow you guys know how to throw a party! That looks like so much fun.