How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery Party!

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

Saturday night was such an epic night I could not even deal! There was fun to be had at every moment. We drank and we played characters. We danced, we ate, we celebrated Jessica's life and friendship, we drank some more. And there was even some cigar smoking.

A little backstory: my friend Jessica turned 20-something on August 28th and that Saturday she had planned an awesome Murder-Mystery Party set in the 20s at a speakeasy opening. Jessica is an incredible party-planner. She knows how to throw an unforgettable party and one that everyone will enjoy! That is just who she is. And Saturday was no different. There were gangsters, a random guest, politician’s, flappers, an inspector, and artist’s. We all had a character to play and play we did!

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

In case you haven’t read my bio and can’t tell by my branding, I LOVE the 20’s. I am obsessed. There is no denying it. I love the history, the rebellion, the extravagance, the decor, the design, the pretty, the secrecy, I love all of it. I became obsessed with the 1920’s when we learned about that time period in high school. Ever since I have been, just, obsessed with everything from that decade and I will not apologize.

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

So, the first thing you need to take care of in a Murder Mystery Party is the characters. There are plenty of websites/businesses dedicated to this so you don’t have to work as hard. It makes life easier so I suggest purchasing a planned out guide.

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

First, there was Trey and I. Color Pencille was my character; an artist that came from a family of incredible artist’s. My art form was painting and sketching and I had a gallery opening soon. Trey was the ‘Boss of Bosses’. A local legend that was a bad gangster. We LOVED our parts (thank you Jessica!)

And, best part is, I won best dressed!!! I normally don't put forth the effort for these types of things bc I am such a carefree person. I am always like "meh, it's all good. I will have fun no matter what!". But, when it comes to the 20's I got you!

P.S. most of mine and his outfits were from thrift stores. The lace headpiece and scarf/shawl thing were in a bag of fabric I bought, the dress, and the necklaces! The headpiece was made by me from multiple things I bought at Hobby Lobby and put/glued together. Because, I can't buy anything retail for period pieces. They aren't authentic enough for me and I am a snob for that sort of thing. Sorry/not sorry.

Trey's coat and pants were thrift shop finds years ago. Love em!!! He looks like *such* a mobster in this outfit with the whiskey and cigar!

I won best dressed. Because I am a crazy nerd over the 20's and have studied the fashion of that decade numerous times so that I can be a perfect flapper. Because, DUH!!!!

I won best dressed. Because I am a crazy nerd over the 20's and have studied the fashion of that decade numerous times so that I can be a perfect flapper. Because, DUH!!!!

Then there was our best friends Cade and Jessica. The speakeasy owners. They were the best hosts. Even when there were three murders in their speakeasy!

I honestly vaguely remember everyone else’s roles because I am a lazy game player and was too busy enjoying all the beauty and taking pictures (because I decided to change from sketching fascinating people and objects to photographing them. I cannot draw. At all.)

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

The point of the game is to play your part well and eventually guess who did the first murder. After that I think we all eat dinner and then the inspector speaks and everyone runs around looking for murder weapons they can then use on whoever they like. Then, you have to figure out who did those murders. Again, I don’t really like games that require effort so I focused on the alcohol and the photographing. Or talking if someone else wasn’t playing. Ha! I am not sorry for this trait.

The devil IS in the details. Especially for this kind of party!

AH, ok, next tip: have hard liquor. That is the essence of a speakeasy. Duh.

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

Oh, the drinks. There was some serious amounts of liquor. Because, it was a speakeasy after all! And I had a Martini (my first ever!) made by Cade, a former bartender (what a perf role he had huh?) and it was pretty darn good considering I hate all the ingredients! But, mostly, I had this awesome champagne punch! It was so nummy!

Next major major tip: make sure everyone invited will dress up, play along, and have FUN with their characters!!!

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

Dinner was incredible, and not just because of the amazing food. Everyone mingled in character the.whole.time. And Trey and I popped over for a dance to the perf Jazz music! (I was the artist looking to shmoos a rich gangster!) He just grabbed my hand and pulled me up. Because he is romantic and adorable like that!

He is so sweet and romantic!

He is so sweet and romantic!

The Decor. Y’all. When Jessica does something, she is not capable of half-assing it. I am a half-asser (hehe, that word.) all.the.way!!! I don’t care enough. Unless it is art or cleaning. Then I cannot halfway. Ever. But, Jessica cannot halfway ever. Ever ever. And man was this party no different. It was so gorgeous and as extravagant as I imagine any 1920’s party would be. It made my heart happy to see pretty things everywhere!!! Yes, yes. I am a pretty thing lover!

And the decor seriously sets the mood. It helps everyone feel their role more and keep character. I mean, check out those illegal boxes of booze! Hello perfect speakeasy party!!!

How-To Prohibition Murder-Mystery! | Magnolia Grace Photography | Shreveport La

Overall, one of my favorite memories of this year. Up there with my own cocktail party birthday and Mardi Gras. And being in the category of Mardi Gras is pretty freaking high honor seeing as how I LOVE it. Ah, it was a lovely night. A night to remember. Making memories with best friends is what life is for right?

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