Murder High Reunion – Murder Mystery Party – Back to the 80s

Well, we did it again! Managed to solve another pesky murder. Eighties style. I have to say I might have had a little too much fun planning the Murder High Reunion!

Don’t worry…no spoilers here.

In the middle of the grueling grad classes I took this summer, I managed to devote time several days these last few weeks for party planning. This was way more fun than second language acquisition and pedagogy homework.

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I bought a make-your-own banner kit at Party City to have a large class reunion sign welcoming guests as they drove up.

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I found an awesome online program that allowed me to insert all of our faces into old pictures which were grouped by the decades. I found one “yearbook portrait” to use for each guest, although there weren’t enough 80’s hairstyles for everyone so I had to use some 70s and 90s styles, too. I also put together a “blast from the past” activity display showing the gang at a school dance, the homecoming king and queen riding in the parade, the chess club “nerds” in front of their chess board. It took a whole day to do this. Totally worth it.

I went to Dollar Tree and picked up some plain black 5X7 frames for $1 to display all of the portraits. I wanted them front and center so that no one could possibly miss the hilarity of them. I also posted a Facebook album of our party with all of these portraits included. I’m telling you – I just had to much fun with planning the Murder High Reunion party!

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Here are a few close ups of the candid shots.

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For the Murder High Reunion menu, we had typical foods of the 1980’s, such as pasta salad, Rotel cheese dip, fruit pizza, chicken divine, Rice Krispy Treats, chocolate chip cookies, etc. Prizes included cheesy toys and candy from the 80’s. This menu was super easy because it was a smorgasboard of pretty much anything – which is exactly how I remember the 1980s!

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Isn’t my quarterback just the hunkiest? I mean even if he does have that cheerleader hussy on his lap. Hehee!

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¬†As with all murder mystery parties, your assigned character’s personality determines how wacky or how mellow your costume needs to be. I had a pretty out there character for the Murder High Reunion so I had to amp up the 80s bright colors and bold looks. I did the best I could while seven months preggo.

Other easy decorations which I didn’t manage to photograph very well include old trophies, megaphones, letterman jackets, cheerleading costumes, old yearbooks, etc.

If you are into murder mystery parties, this one is a winner!

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