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A Deadly Vintage

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Guest Info

More on who is coming to the party and how you are all related…

Expected at the Party…

Catherine Chardonnay – Chardonnay Crest Owner. Is Catherine lost without her husband or stealthily building the biggest winery in the valley? Catherine’s intentions are as unclear as her proclamations. 

Casey Cabernet – Cabernet Cellars Owner. After suffering a damaging blow to their vineyards, Casey has made it clear they will do whatever they need to in order to succeed – even if it means going on the offensive. 

Shelby Champagne – Chateau Champagne Owner. Elated by the impending wedding of their son, Shelby has definite plans to grow their fortune; if all goes as planned.

Joe Merlot – Merlot Hills Vineyards Owner. With their specialty wine trending downwards, Joe knows they can turn their business around if given the chance. 

Del Zinfandel – Chardonnay Family Lawyer. As a budding wine-traprenuer themselves, it is unclear if Del is here to tend to their family’s legal matters or show off their own vintage. 

Pierre Pinot – Pinot Estates Winery Owner. This mysterious Frenchman has been in the valley tending to his lands instead of reaping the more profitable fruits from his international estate. Is Pierre looking for love or something more?

Sam Syrah – Syrah Shadows Owner. A sibling to Catherine Chardonnay, no one is sure if Sam’s visit is to check up on their family or promote their own vintage. Or possibly both? 

Charlotte Chardonnay – Chardonnay Crest Heir. Wanting to eventually take over the family lands, Charlotte has been doing everything in her power to honor her late father, and it is unclear how far Charlotte will go.

Shannon Chablis – Chardonnay Crest Vintner. Always playing second fiddle to other vintners, Shannon proved their prowess when they took home the Vintner of the Valley award this year. An act that left Reese Riesling writhing.  

Bob Bubbly – Chateau Champagne Heir. Bob has never had to work for anything in his life, and now it appears he needs to work at being the perfect husband-to-be. But for which lady does Bob’s heart beat for?

Reese Riesling – Golden Grape Vintner. A product of the valley, Reese’s ongoing friendship with Charlotte is tested after Reese was left empty-handed at the Vintner’s Challenge this year.  

Marley Malbec – Cabernet Cellars Vintner. Responsible for the best up-and-coming wines, Marley’s career has been temporarily put on hold due to the vineyard fire. But how long can Marley’s career wait? 

Nikola Noir – Pinot Estates Land Manager. Trusted to run the California vineyard for the large Pinot Estates, Nikola is not sure whether their integrity is being questioned or justified.

Patrice Picker– Chardonnay Crest Vineyard Worker. Charles Chardonnay’s go-to worker for years in the fields, it could be argued that Patrice lost the most when Catherine Chardonnay became their boss.

Peter Picker – College Student. After growing up on Chardonnay Crest lands, Peter is seeking out his own future. A future that may have others paying for his past.  

Pauli Peach – Chardonnay Crest Fruit Buyer. As one of the newer employees at the bustling winery, it is not apparent if Pauli Peach is out to promote the winery or sabotage it.

Rosie Rosé – Tasting Room Employee. Bob Bubbly has talked of her forever, but with Bob’s heart promised to someone else, Rosie will have to resort to an alternate plan. 

Charity Connors – Community Worker. Never one to step down from a challenge, Charity must balance her longing for love with her drive to do what’s right for the community.

Rickie Rich – Banker. This financier has their nose in everyone’s business; financial and otherwise… 

Professor Grape – Master Sommelier. A lover of all things wine, the professor has fine-tuned their nose to sniff out the sour grapes. A duty they will take seriously at the party.

 

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Costumes

From vivacious vintners to obstantacious owners (and everything in between!), you can find a lot of the elements to your outfit in your closet and the key to “making it special” could be that over-the-top wig or that extra prop or accessory you add to make it HIL-ARIOUS!

COSTUMES

From vivacious vintners to obstantacious owners (and everything in between!), you can find a lot of the elements to your outfit in your closet and the key to “making it special” could be that over-the-top wig or that extra prop or accessory you add to make it HIL-ARIOUS!

Owners, vintners and the Valley elite:

  • Fancy outfits
  • Anything to show wealth –
    • gold cane
    • expensive jewelry
    • mink stolls
    • fur coats
    • feather boas
    • watch piece
  • Suit with jacket
  • Bow tie
  • Top hat
  • Money tucked into places, like lapel, hatband, etc.
  • Cuff links
  • Ball gowns
  • A cane

ADD TO ANY OUTFIT

  • Boas
  • Wigs (think any variety)
  • Facial hair
  • BLING!
  • Gold or silver accesorries of any type
  • Fancy headress
  • Cigarette extension holders
  • Props of any sort!
  • LARGE hats
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Fake breasts
  • A fake weapon of some sort – exposed or not

WHERE TO FIND THAT PERFECT DRESS:

  • Use (or borrow a friend’s) old bridesmaid’s dress
  • Scour the second hand shops and garage sales
  • Try the clearance racks in a department store right after a high school dance (like prom or homecoming)
  • Dress up any outfit or gown by adding beading, cording, fancy fabrics, fringe, etc. (Stich witchery and hot glue make great non-sew adhesives.)
  • Not the right color? Take a can of spray paint to the dress.

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Online Costumes

 
 

Decoration Ideas

How to create the perfect winery ambience for your Deadly Vintage soiree!

Inside the Party Space

  • Have a table to memorialize Charles Chardonnay (if desired). Include pictures of the late winery owner.

 

• Think wine, wine, wine and more wine to decorate! Consider wine barrels (or just barrels), crates, wine glasses, corks, plastic grapes, vines, etc.

• Use wine bottles to decorate – and then more wine bottles. Spray paint them gold, fill them with flowers, lights, whatever you want! 

 

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Setting Your Table 

  • Elegance is key!
  • Use linen table cloths.
  • Tea lights.
  • Fancy table runner.
  • Candleabra.
  • Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.
  • Use chargers with your place settings.
  • Gold plates and plasticware.
  • Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.
  • Place cards are included with the mystery packet, as well as instructions on where to get your own personalized corks to hold the place cards!
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Lighting – Setting the Mood

TO CREATE AN ERIE LIGHTING, CONSIDER USING NON-TRADITIONAL LIGHTING. 

SOME EXAMPLES ARE:

  • Wine bottles with lights in them. 
  • Tea lights — To add a shimmering effect, place them on mirrored circles (found at your local craft shop) or simply cover cardboard with aluminum foil and place the tea lights on top of them.
  • Place 
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  • White twinkly lights
  • White paper lanterns
  • Candles
  • Chandeliers
  • Candleabras

 

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Utilizing The Extras

BE SURE TO UTILIZE ALL OF THE EXTRAS THAT COME WITH THE MYSTERY — 
  • Name cards for your guests
  • Personalized menus
  • Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses
  • Designed labels to put on wine bottles for awards
  • and MORE!
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Create a Photo Spot!

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenir by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:
• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with. Consider extra captain’s hats, feather boas, tiaras, lifesavers, large sunglasses, anchors, etc.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter.” These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
o Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

BACKDROP IDEAS for your A Deadly Vintage photo spot

• Create a line-up board and take pictures of all of your suspects. Line-up board included with mystery materials. 

• Use scene setters to make a simple background.

• Use props to enhance the photos. Have things like top hats, boas, big sunglasses, etc. for your guests to pose with.

• Paint your own back drop to pose in front of!

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Food & Music

Look here for lovely ideas on what to serve for your Murder of a Millionaire fare.

What to Serve:

What goes better with wine than Charcuterie? 

And these days, you can serve it any way you choose! Check out the latest Charcuterie trends and How-tos for serving up cheese and meat however you choose!

– How to make a simple Charcuterie Board

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Or A Fancy Feast

Since this is a formal affair, you can serve up some tasty treats to meet the occasion.

Try some of these links for: – Elegant Appetizers  – Gourmet Main Dishes – Divine Desserts

 

Spooky Treats to Eat

SINCE MURDER IS THE THEME OF YOUR PARTY, TRY SOME OF THESE HORROR-IFIC FARE TO SHARE WITH YOUR GUESTS.

All the fixin’s for a terrifying feast. Including Awful Arachnids, Eerie Eyeballs, Freaky Witches’ Fingers, Brittle Merangue Bones, Savory Brain Shrimp Spread, Deviled Eggs, Decayed Corpse Chips with Entrail Salsa, Spicy Bat Wings and more… Click here.

 

MYSTERY MAKINGS FOR DESSERT

• Fingerprint Cookies

• A murderous cake (simply insert a butcher knife into any cake and drape red food gel along it)

• Knifed red velvet cupcakes

• A bleeding cake

A killer Cake ( Or Cupcakes )


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Killer Cakes and Deserts 

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MYSTERY MAKINGS FOR DESSERT

• Fingerprint Cookies

• A murderous cake (simply insert a butcher knife into any cake and drape red food gel along it)

• Knifed red velvet cupcakes

• A bleeding cake


A killer Cake ( Or Cupcakes )

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Setting the table

Some ideas for if you choose to have a sit-down meal

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• Elegance is key!

• Use linen table cloths.

• Tea lights.

• Fancy table runner.

• Candelabra.

• Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

• Use chargers with your place settings.

• Gold plates and plasticware.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

 

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Utilizing The Extras

 

BE SURE TO UTILIZE ALL OF THE EXTRAS THAT COME WITH THE MYSTERY– 

• Name cards for your guests

• Personalized menus

• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses

• Designed labels to put on wine bottles for awards

• and MORE!

 

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Killer Cakes and Deserts

 

MYSTERY MAKINGS FOR DESSERT

• Fingerprint Cookies

• A murderous cake (simply insert a butcher knife into any cake and drape red food gel along it)

• Knifed red velvet cupcakes

• A bleeding cake


 

A killer Cake ( Or Cupcakes )

Setting the table

• Elegance is key!

• Use linen table cloths.

• Tea lights.

• Fancy table runner.

• Candelabra.

• Spray paint random things gold to add a flare for the elite. Use as table decorations.

• Use chargers with your place settings.

• Gold plates and plasticware.

• Have a printed menu (included with the mystery) at their setting.

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Utilizing The Extras

BE SURE TO UTILIZE ALL OF THE EXTRAS THAT COME WITH THE MYSTERY– 

• Name cards for your guests

• Personalized menus

• Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses

• Designed labels to put on wine bottles for awards

• and MORE!

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MUSIC

Click on the image to get to our Spotify Playlist for this party!

 

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC– To add a touch of elegance to this high society get-together, you may want to try some of the classics. Find it here.

FREE MUSIC– If you are looking to keep costs low, you can always visit your local library to find the perfect musical score for your party

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Host Information

Look here for more ideas on how to accentuate THIS theme and put your party over the top!!!

Here are some fun ways to go above and beyond with your wine-themed A Deadly Vintage murder mystery party!

Send Invitations in Wine Bottles.

• Directions and instructions included with the mystery. Or, you can download them off our invites page.

 

Have a tombstone to honor the late Charles Chardonnay.

• Make another tombstone with a “?” and your party date on it (for the one who will perish at the party)!

• Directions on making tombstones included in mystery materials.

Personalized Corks –

Download this design, then find a vendor on Etsy to make them for you. We used this one!

Wine Bottle Awards

In addition to the printed awards included with the mystery purchase are these labels you can print out and adhere to wine bottles to then give as AWARDS!

 

Wine Favors for your guests

Another way for your guests to take home a little something to remember the night! Designs for these tags are included with the mystery. You can even add in your own date to personalize it!

 

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Create a Photo Spot! 

Give your guests an unforgettable souvenir by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.

A few suggestions:
• Pick a place where there will be good lighting.

• You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.

• Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with. Consider extra captain’s hats, feather boas, tiaras, lifesavers, large sunglasses, anchors, etc.

• An easy way to create a background is to use a “scene setter.” These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.

• Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.

• For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
o Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.

• For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.

BACKDROP IDEAS for your Murder of a Millionaire photo spot

• Create a line-up board and take pictures of all of your suspects. Line-up board included with mystery materials. 

• Use scene setters to make a simple background.

• Use props to enhance the photos. Have things like top hats, boas, big sunglasses, etc. for your guests to pose with.

• Paint your own back drop to pose in front of!

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BE SURE TO UTILIZE ALL OF THE EXTRAS THAT COME WITH THE MYSTERY– 

• How to make tombstones • Signs for Mystery Manor • Line-up board for mugshots • Copies of the Family Tree • Name cards for your guests • Personalized menus • Recipe and directions to make some killer chiller glasses • Designed labels to put on wine bottles for awards • and MORE! Close Tab

Each month we highlight one of our customers who has posted on our blog and award them a FREE party!

To get your $5 coupon AND be entered in the Party Of the Month contest for a chance to win a FREE party, please email nompartyofthemonth@gmail.com

Don’t forget to add all the important details and party highlights that made your party one to remember! We love to hear about all of the hard work you, as host, put into your party. From the decor to the food, costumes, whatever. As well as how you and your guests acted (and reacted!) throughout the night! Everything that made your party one your guests will never forget — tell us about it! And be sure to attach some pictures!!!

Upon submitting, we will email you back a coupon to use for $5 off your next party AND enter you in our “Party of the Month” contest, where you could win a FREE party! Once submitted, you will not have to resubmit, but will be entered EVERY MONTH until your party wins!

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Tips

All of the information regarding how to run your A Deadly Vintagea party can be found online at Night of Mystery. We highly suggest that you take time to look over our website and download the A Deadly Vintage preview file. Upon reading the introduction file, it will give you a better understanding about how the parties are run and what to expect once you purchase a full mystery file.

If you still have question, the Frequently Asked Questions page at Night of Mystery is a great resource or you can contact us.
Since our games are custom written for the size of the party (ie, we don’t just create a mystery with 8 characters and then keep adding more characters to it), each mystery size is unique unto itself. That being said, going from 10-15 version to 15-20 version, will not only add in more characters, but it will change the storylines of the existing characters, and vice-versa in going from a larger version to a smaller one.

Because of this, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST you get a guest count before formally ordering. You can do so by downloading an invitation, inviting your guests and then purchasing your mystery once you have a more accurate number of people attending. Unfortunately, if you find yourself purchasing the wrong sized party, you will have to purchase another version of the mystery for the size you want unless you are moving from the 15-20 version to the 20+ version.
You can download an invitation here before ordering.
For even more party planning ideas, check out our A Deadly Vintage Pinterest Board here.
Each month we highlight one of our customers who has posted on our blog and award them a FREE party!

To get your $5 coupon AND be entered in the Party Of the Month contest for a chance to win a FREE party, please email nompartyofthemonth@gmail.com

Don’t forget to add all the important details and party highlights that made your party one to remember! We love to hear about all of the hard work you, as host, put into your party. From the decor, to the food, costumes, whatever. As well as how you and your guests acted (and reacted!) throughout the night! Everything that made your party one your guests will never forget — tell us about it! And be sure to attach some pictures!!!

Upon submitting, we will email you back a coupon to use for $5 off your next party AND enter you in our “Party of the Month” contest, where you could win a FREE party! One submitted, you will not have to resubmit, but will be entered EVERY MONTH until your party wins!

Check out some of our past winners here! Night of Mystery POM Blogs

Thanks again for hosting with Night of Mystery and we can’t wait to hear all about your party!!!

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