Recipes/Menus For Your Murder Mystery Dinner Party

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Here are some fabulous photos to inspire you from our customer Sandi Hobbs. Her menu ideas are so creative and imaginative!

REVIEW: "We had our murder last week - it went great - best program ever according to the kids (our camp staff). These pictures are of our food. I fixed gazpacho for the drink, bat wings (chicken wings with black food dye) and intestines (spaghetti with hunks of vegetables), besides what's showing. The crock pot held tape worms - hot dogs cut lengthwise, boiled and dropped into a catsup/mustard mixture - they curl in the boiling water so look really gross." -Sandi Hobbs, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis, IN

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Whatever you plan for your dinner is fine especially if the theme of the mystery doesn’t conjure up any special sort of menu or food. To get into the spirit of the evening simply give everything your serving a “mysterious” name. For example:

Click here for a PDF of perfect desserts for your murder mystery dinner party or your kids' mystery party.

Here are two cookbook recommendations:
Murder mystery dinner menu ideas
Murder mystery dinner menu ideas

Recipe/menu links - table of contents
(in alphabetical order with best mystery game script matches)

Use the Los Angeles Public Library's digital menu collection to identify what was served in all types of restaurants during any given decade. Search by date (example: 192*). It's very cool to see the menus - be sure to click the link to enlarge the image! Pick out some recipes that intrigue you then simply do a search on Google for that recipe.

Beverages (great choices here for The Mafia Murders)

Punch recipes for Murder at the Midnight Hour

Classic British recipes for Diary of a Burning Woman and Rushmore's Revenge

Classic Irish recipes for A Deadly Incentive

Classic Italian recipes for The Mafia Murders or Vintage Murder

Complete Hawaiian menu - 1 for Murder on Maui

Gourmet menu - complete dinner

Popular food in the 1920's for The Mafia Murders

Sample Menu:
Molded/fruited Jello-salads, fruit cocktail, sliced pineapples & bananas (maraschino cherries)
Deviled eggs, celery, olives, olive and sausage kebobs, pickles, salted nuts (almonds, pecans, peanuts, filberts)
Bread sticks, Parker House rolls, saltine-type crackers, potato chips
Caesar salad, Waldorf salad
Finger sandwiches...peanut butter & jelly, ham, turkey, chicken salad, tomato, egg salad, cream cheese
Fried chicken, baked ham
Pineapple Upside down cake, angel or devil's food cakes, ice cream & chocolate sauce, chocolate pudding. Canned peaches work well.
Beverage service: Shirley Temples (ginger ale with maraschino cherry juice, decorated with afore mentioned cherries), Ginger Ale, Coca-Cola, Kool-Aid, Lemonade, punch, coffee, cocoa & Orange Pekoe tea

Popular Food in the 1970's for Rushmore's Revenge

Food Time Line 70's menus

Recipe for Bordello of the Damned, Old West themes: Cornmeal Mush and Cornmeal Cake

Southern style cooking for Next of Kin, Demise of the Downhome Dealers, Rushmore's Revenge


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