February 17, 2014

Who Dunit? Group Mystery Date Night


I have the most creative group of friends. For years, we would get together and play games like “How to Host a Murder” similar tTHIS one that Lisa did. We would dress up and totally get into our assigned characters. The games usually included accusing each other of the crime and looking for clues. Some of my BEST memories are of those times, so I really wanted to create my own – DIVA STYLE!  


This date has everything, and I mean EVERYTHING that you need to host and play your very own murder mystery detective game. Detectives will race to figure out: WHO dun it? WHERE? and with WHAT? We have made it super easy for you with our designer Erin’s amazing printables. All you have to do is purchase the printables {waaaaay cheaper then from the store!}, print, invite your friends and play!

Here is what the printable package includes: 

  • Invitations
  • Name Tags
  • Character Role Cards
  • Suspect, Location and Weapon Cards
  • Room Labels
  • Detective Clue Sheets
  • Host Check List
  • Guest List
  • Top Secret Envelope Labels

It is all right here for you! Wait until you see the printables! Erin seriously does such a good job. Next time you host something and want customized designs – check out her site! She is amazing to work with!

Aren’t you just so excited to get these for your next group date night or party?

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Here's How It Works

First you need to invite your guests! For this group date night you need at least 4 other couples – but, the more the better! Choose six dramatic people to play the parts of the six suspects and the rest will be detectives. You can have as many detectives as you want! To help you organize who is who – you can use the Guest List Printable included in the printable pack!



Once you have chosen your guests – present them with these “Top Secret” invitations. Each suspect has a specific invite explaining their particular character and requests them to “come dressed IN CHARACTER”  The detective invites allow you more flexibility in customizing agent names for your guests. Their invite also requests they come in their “detective attire”.


To make your invitation: cut out the folder shape, write in the correct information for your date, fold at the dotted line and add a Top Secret sticker (included in the pack!) to the outside.

Game Preparation

Before your guests arrive, you will want to have all of your pieces organized and ready to go. Lets start with the incident cards. There are 18 incident cards: 6 SUSPECT cards, 6 LOCATION cards and 6 WEAPON cards.


The  Investigation Results Envelope

After putting them in piles by type – secretly choose 1 from each category and place the three cards in an envelope. For the envelope, I had some 6 x 9″ envelopes left over from our Amazing Race Group Date Night so I used those and they were perfect. I printed the “Top Secret Investigation Results” label onto sticker paper and stuck it on the envelope containing the 3 chosen incident cards.


*Note – if you want to play along with your guests you totally can – you just need to make sure you don’t peak at the cards you put in any of the envelopes!

After the three cards are safely in the Investigation Results envelope – mix up the rest and get ready to put them in . . .

The Suspect Envelopes

 Each of the 6 suspects will need an envelope. These are the ones that say “For (enter character name here)’s eyes only!” To label them, I did the same as the envelope above. I printed the labels on the sticker paper and stuck them on the envelope. 


Inside each of the those suspect envelopes you will want to divide up the remaining incident cards left over from above. Unlike the Investigation Results envelope – these DO NOT have to have one of each kind – any type will do. It also does not matter how many cards go in each of these envelopes. Some will have 2 and some may have 3. If you choose to have less suspects, they may have even more cards in their envelopes. The most important part is that those cards are dispersed amongst the cards.

Room Locations: 

Finally, you will want to determine your room locations. There are six different rooms, or areas,  needed for the game. Using the Room Labels in the printable pack – place a sign outside of each room that you will be using. If you don’t have 6 available rooms (like me) just choose 6 areas to represent those rooms.


As Your Guests Arrive,

Have The Following Ready:

As your guests arrive, give them the name tag for the character they were assigned. The Detective name tags allow for you to give them a specific agent name. Again, sticker paper makes it so easy! Just print on that paper and stick ‘em on! Easy!


Also, present each guest with either a Character Introduction Card (for the 6 suspects) OR a Detective Pad (for the Detectives).  Sarina-ClueDate-pic6-WebLogo

In addition to the Character Introduction Card – you can give the suspects their personalized “Top Secret” Envelope Cards that you had prepared earlier.

Now it is time to play . . .

How to Play:

Gather all of your guests and divide the suspects from the detectives. Using the host paper, read the instructions to both the suspects and the detectives. Here you get to introduce everyone to the game and explain the rules.  Here are the basics:

  • Each of the suspects will go to one of the designated areas & take a peak at their 3 incident cards so that they know them!
  • When the game officially begins it is a race for all of the detectives to figure out WHO dun it, WHERE it occurred. and WHAT the weapon was by asking the suspects.  The detectives rush to one of the suspect’s rooms and makes a guess that includes 1 suspect, 1 location and 1 weapon.
  • The suspect, uses their incident cards from their envelope, to give 1 clue to the detective. If the detective guessed that it was Mr. Banks, in the kitchen with the poison, they might say something like “I know it wasn’t in the kitchen”
  • The detective then marks on the their detective pad their clues as they go until they can narrow it down to the 3 final answers.
  • The detective then moves on to another suspect. If the detective wishes to ask that suspect another question, they must visit at least one other suspect before they return.
  • When they have narrowed it down and feel that they can make a guess, gather everyone in and check their answer with the Investigation Results Envelope. If they guess correctly – they are the winners!


How fun is that?! You can even play several times with a different result depending on the cards drawn!

When you are done playing, Stephanie has lots of other ideas in her “Clue” Date Night that would go PERFECT with this date!

Happy sleuthing!

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