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Many of us feel a let down after the holidays. Life can feel kind of . . . blah. It can be cold, dark and dreary. People are bored from being inside so much. But a week ago, my friend Heather and I (mostly Heather) did something super fun for our teenagers and their friends that everyone LOVED. We had such a great time, that my kids and I are planning on doing it again soon with a different group!
What is this magical thing you ask?
It's the Dating Diva's Murder Mystery "Red Carpet Revenge" Party Kit! Although The Dating Divas typically market to married couples, this game is clean and appropriate for teenagers as well. Plus, it sounded so fun, I KNEW our kids would LOVE it!
This activity was a HUGE hit, and I'm so glad we did it! Set in the roaring twenties, but with anachronistic details from the '40s and '50s, all we had to do was print out the invitations, clues, awards, etc. The graphics and styling are super cute and looked fancy-schmancy. I also ordered large black and white photos of old Hollywood stars on ledger paper from my local print shop for .20/each. Talk about inexpensive decor!
Here's how it works: This party kit has character roles for 12 people. But we had 25 teens sign up when we offered to throw this party for our local homeschool group! That means a lot of them were assigned to be paparazzi or reporters. They were good sports, though I'll be honest that it felt less than ideal--but it still worked.
I wouldn't recommend doing this with that many people again. 12-14 people is really the ideal number for this game. We also had a few younger kids who struggled a little bit with understanding what was going on, so I would say that a mature 12 year old is probably as young as you'd want to go with this one.
The party kit gives complete character sketches, so the kids could really ham it up. We had dinner, as the kit suggested, and stopped at different intervals for someone to die(!) or to introduce clues.
There were four characters who were love interests for each other (it all stays clean, though one guy is falsely accused of cheating on his girlfriend), and the boys had to write love notes to the girls. My son really hammed his love letter up ("I love you like a monkey loves it's banana, like an eel needs water. . .").
We also had some kids who normally prefer to stay in the background a little bit, really get out of their shell and shine. It was so fun to see various personalities (sometimes multiple personalities!) come out and play.
All in all, the kids had a FABULOUS time and it was super fun to help my friend run it. (I might have shown up in a feather boa . . .) I also didn't have to worry about using a boxed game with pieces that could get damaged if any spills happened- it's super easy to go print off a duplicate. The Dating Divas included it all: invitations, character sketches, clues, awards for Best Dressed, etc. It was so fun that as I mentioned before, we are planning a second party with a different group of kids!
If you are interested in this kit and want to learn more about it, you can find it here. And you won't regret it, it's so. much. fun!
P.S. Are you ready for Valentine's? If you are scrambling like me, The Divas also have fantastic, super easy Valentine's ideas that you can find here. "Easy" is their motto and I'm all about that!
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