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Private Parties


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Whodunnit for Hire is a traveling company. You choose the date time and place and we come to you. Morning, afternoon or evening is fine. We travel throughout central Maryland, all of Washington DC including northern Virgina (NOVA) and parts of southern Pennsylvania. Check out the map.

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Whodunnit for Hire Theme Ideas
Are you looking to have your guests come as gangsters and flappers, as cowboys and saloon gals or as pirates and wenches? Perhaps you'd like a roomful of Rockers, Zombies or Spies? Click here to check out several theme ideas for your party.

Entertainment for Private Parties & Social Events

TYPE OF EVENT

  • Family Reunion
  • Big Five-O or other Milestone Birthday
  • HOA Party
  • Retirement Party
  • Anniversary Dinner Party
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Neighborhood Block Party

LOCATION

 
We'll turn your social gathering into a Murder Mystery Party if you are in Maryland, Washington DC, northern Virginia or southern Pennsylvania (see our MAP). You choose the date, time and place. We come to you.

ABOUT THE MURDER MYSTERY

 
This event will be family friendly. The mystery will be a comedy. The focus is on the fun suspects, understanding their crazy clues and solving whodunnit. The point is to have your guests laughing from the moment we begin. There will be no mistaking this for an actual crime scene and your guests will not ever be confused or frightened at any time. We ask that you think of these like Sherlock Holmes stories or the board game CLUE. Yes, we need a victim in our mysteries. It will be a funny scene and it will set up your guests as our detectives.

HOW DOES THE EVENT PROCEED?

 
Picture this...your family has gathered for your Uncle’s retirement party, your Cousin’s Big 4-0 Birthday, the annual Family Reunion or another private celebration. They are catching up with one another and enjoying each other’s company when suddenly a stranger comes into the party and falls to the floor dead. Oh my! That turns the party into a crime scene and your family is told they must stay put until the police arrive. An investigation will take place and everyone will be asked to help (even the kids). But whodunnit? Was it one of the caterers? A stranger? Perhaps one of the distant relatives? Your family members will be the armchair sleuths interrogating suspects and searching for clues. At the end of the party, a winner will be given the Super Sleuth Award for having used their deductive reasoning skills to come up with the most insightful correct response. They will also have the distinct honor of putting handcuffs on the killer!

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

 
We bring everything we need for the mystery (like costumes and props). We bring everything your guests will need to be detectives (like notebooks and pencils). We bring everything the place will need to be transformed into a crime scene (like mystery mood music and dead body outline tape). You can sit back and relax. We’ve got it all handled. If you hire caterers we will coordinate the timing with them so the event operates smoothly. We’ll keep your family informed every step of the way so there is no question about what to do next. We bring our own audio equipment (if it is not provided by the establishment) so that we can be heard. We bring a backdrop, awards and more. Once you’ve hired us, you won’t have to worry about a thing.

We will take complete responsibility for keeping your guests laughing and entertained.

We also create a customized PDF invitation to get your family and friends excited about the party.

Additionally, we will take several photographs during the murder mystery party and will share a link with your guests so that they may download, save and share any of the photos that they like for free.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

 
Food.

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES

 
We ask that you cover parking expenses for our team members and include them in your meal count.

OTHER OPTIONS

 
Do you want to keep this event a surprise? Love it! Yes. You can do that. The postcard that we create for you will not mention the murder mystery entertainment.

Do you want to choose your own dead guy? Excellent! This role is very easy and fun and is the star of the show. This person will not miss a thing.

Would you like to throw a theme party? That's wonderful. Choose something which encourages costumes. Everyone may not participate by dressing up, but enough will to set the scene for your event. And, we'll write the murder mystery around your theme and will coordinate a costume contest. Do you want a theme but have not yet chosen one? We have several ideas on our THEME IDEAS PAGE.

TIMING GUIDELINE

 
Plan on three hours for your event. While we do not include food, our mysteries are written assuming that you will be feeding your guests. Do not plan other activities (such as casino tables or dancing) until after we have finished. You may have your party begin at any time. We've used 4-7 pm for this example.

Example Timeline
4:00 Doors Open for Guest Arrivals and Mingling
4:45 Salads Pre-Set, Guests Seated
5:00 Mystery Begins with Dead Body Scene
5:30 Buffet Opens or Entrees Served followed by Interrogations
6:30 Desserts Made Available followed by Wrap-Up, Curtain Call and Awards
7:00 End of Mystery (will take us 15-20 minutes to break-down and vacate)
7:30 Evening Could Continue with Dancing or other Entertainment, etc.

 

 

PRICING & PACKAGE OPTIONS

Pricing

 

> Option One: 

Production Format

The Production Format is suited for a large gathering such as a family reunion, a milestone birthday celebration, an anniversary party or similar. This format includes a full team of actors and actresses to entertain your guests.

This is like going to see a play only we bring the professional mystery production to you.

You may have up to 400 guests at the event. For events with more than 200 guests the price includes a DJ for dancing following the mystery. We call our production format the Sherlock Shindig.

# Guests Production Format Cost
00 - 99 Guests Sherlock Shindig S $2500
100 - 199 Guests Sherlock Shindig M $3500
200+ Guests Sherlock Shindig L $4500

 

> Option Two: 

Party Format

The Party Format is entertainment customized specifically for your event. Your family and friends will be the ones accused of the crime. There is no advance preparation work involved for your guests and you do not need to notify them in advance. We bring everything they will need.

For our Party Format the number of our actors on site and the cost directly correlates to the number of guests anticipated at your event. The more guests at your party…the more photographs taken, the more work involved and the more staff necessary to ensure that everything operates smoothly.

# Guests Party Format Cost
00 - 32 Guests Nefarious Affair $1250
33 - 65 Guests Deadly Event $1625
66 - 99 Guests Private Eye Party $1999
100 - 149 Guests Sinister Soiree $2500
150 - 199 Guests Criminal Caper $3500
200 - 400 Guests Whodunnit Big Bash $4500
 
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REVIEWS | REFERENCES

Are you looking for engaging, fun entertainment for your private event or family party? Then don’t take chances. Your party is only going to happen once. It is important. So check reviews. Ask if the person to whom you are speaking is going to be at your event. Whether or not your family has good time is crucial. You want them to have fun. You want them to remember this party and think “Wow! That was a blast!” You want everyone to be involved and laughing. We will give you that. Book Whodunnit for Hire.