- Have a trumpet sound effect announce guests as they arrive.
- Have guards greet your guests.
- Lay out wood planks to create a drawbridge leading up to your entrance. (Look in the discount bin at your local hardware store for inexpensive wood.)
- Make a black construction paper chain to simulate large chains for your drawbridge or dungeon.
- Create a dragon out of carboard boxes and spray paint to guard your castle.
- Make flags for Fernwood Manor. (Pictured below. Instructions and template design included in packet.)
- Make a castle façade with styrofoam (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)
- Have stone signs around the venue. (Pictured below. Instructions included in packet.)
INSIDE THE PARTY SPACE
- Make the peasantry and the Jester entertain the nobility. It was common for the king and/or the nobles to demand their lower class comrades to "make them laugh" before they could continue on with their evening.
- Hang plastic shields, swords, axes, etc. on the walls (find some at a local party store).
- Use stone wall scene setters to easily and inexpensively give you castle walls.
- Encourage jousting
- Have the king's riches on display (see below).
- Make your own shields out of cardboard.
- Create a throne by spray painting a chair gold. Add a bit of regalness with a velvet cushion or accent.
- For authenticity, print all of the materials for the game on parchment paper.
- When the characters read the introduction, investigation report, evidence presentation & solution, have them presented on a scroll. (Follow directions on how to make a scroll invite—included with party packet.) OR have them sealed with a wax seal.
- Create gallows for anyone wanting to take a picture!
- Have an unfinished basement set up as the dungeon.
- Have candles flickering about.
- Hold the party in an old pub or a castle. (Yes! We have had customers do this!)
- Dig a moat around the venue (just kidding!)
SETTING THE TABLE
- Construct one long table for dinner. Use a brightly colored piece of fabric for a runner.
- Decorate the table runner with gold fabric paint.
- Use goblets for drinking.
- Purchase gold colored plastic cups and hot glue fake jewels to the outside of the cups.
- Have the guests eat entirely with their hands. (Silverware? What is silverware?)
- Provide juggling and dancing as forms of entertainment between courses of the meal.
PICK A COLOR SCHEME
Two popular color schemes for your party may be gold and purple (the color of regency) or gold and red.
To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:
- When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping white or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.
- A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.
- Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice.
- Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.
There are many ways you could use "fancy" fabric – shimmering, metallic, sheer, etc. – to decorate in a number of ways:
- Drape brightly colored fabric on the walls like banners. (Purple and gold for royalty!)
- Make a table runner.
- Drape over furniture.
- Create decorative pillows.
- Tie to the back of a chair.
Places to find fancy fabrics inexpensively:
- Searching clearance bins at fabric stoes
- Second hand shops
- The fabric section at Walmart
Needless to say there was no electricity. When considering the lighting for your party, you will not want anything too harsh or bright. Consider the following and what might work best within your space:
- Christmas lights
- Solar lights
- Oil burning lamps
CREATE A BACKDROP
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.
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