My friends and I were planning a movie night, but then one of them got an invitation to a Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s the same night we had planned to have movie night. So of course, we ditched our plans and signed up for he Murder Mystery Dinner! We’re a group of entertainment geeks, so what do you expect?
I’d never gone to one before, so I was very excited. When we got there we checked in and were handed a gift bag, plus a rolled up scroll of instructions. When we walked into the appropriate dining room there were already people inside, so we found our table, read the directions, and tried to figure out what we were supposed to do. Eventually the host came in and told us to mingle, talk to people, and pay attention. I have to admit, for the first probably 20 minutes, my mind was more preoccupied with when the appetizers were coming out, because I was hungry. This part was a lot of fun, because basically you’re trying to figure out who is an actor and who is a real guest at this dinner, and they fill the room with red herrings to throw you off.
When we were all asked to be seated, the host started picking on people, and for some reason they loved our table. When I was asked to stand up and answer questions, I was in the middle of answering questions when two people came storming in with guns, and eventually the first victim was shot. The second guy was the “detective,” who essentially ran the rest of the show.
Throughout the evening, clues were picked up, notes slipped to people, and all the while you’ve got to pay attention to what everyone is doing and saying around you, even though we’re all seated. It was funny, the whole time we were convinced one of the waiters had something to do with the whole thing, because he was the only one with a different vest, and every time he walked behind me I got nervous and tensed up. When we got freaks for mingling, we’d get a chance to check out the evidence and talk to more people. At one point we suspected an elderly woman from Bel-Air at our own table, and we tried to compare her handwriting with that of one of the pieces of evidence. It was too funny. My friend, Joanna went around the table pretending like she wanted to keep in touch with everyone, so asked each person to write down their email addresses. That was so funny. After the mystery was over, we confessed to her, and she cracked up so hard. It was very fun. We had a table of teachers and attorneys…can you get brainier than that? Ha.
More people died throughout the evening, and more people were questioned. Eventually we had to figure out with our tables the who, what, when, where, and whys of all the events of the night. Our table was so close! We came in second place.
All in all, it was a successful night—great friends, great entertainment, great fun, and a great amount of carb-overload-Italian food. Yum!
If you ever get a chance, go!
BIG LOVE & HUGS