Recreating the Roaring 20s!

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You know you’re a lucky 40-year old when your friends throw a Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery party for your birthday! This was such a fun event to plan, even though it required some extra creativity to set the mood for the evening. The venue was a church fellowship hall – yes, it presented its challenges for décor, but after a little thought, a lot of black fabric, and some twinkle lighting, the plain walls and fluorescent lights were transformed. This, combined with black and silver streamers, set the tone for guests as they arrived.

Tables were decorated with branch lighting, candles, pearls, and white tablecloths with black fabric runners. Red beaded chargers and mason jars with festive black and white striped straws rounded out the table décor, and period music played to complete the aura of the evening. Check out these great pictures from Anna R Mercier (and learn some cool tricks) here!

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Theme colors were red, black and silver – so our friend Heather Kindy created these fabulous invitations to get people in the right mindset! We kept the location a secret. The guests got their secret password and location as they rsvped.

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Guests got to have fun designing a costume that paired with the Roaring 20s theme! They didn’t let the guest of honor down – check out some of these fabulous photos snapped by photographer Anna R Mercier at this festive photo booth!

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The guest of honor and hostess of the party got all dolled up by Amanda at Eminence Salon in Sylva.

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Now for the menu. Our friends at City Lights Café provided their signature Creamy Chicken Salad Sandwiches, which were complimented by a Balsamic and Pesto Pasta Salad, Ham Sandwiches topped with Rosemary Sprigs, Mini Jello treats, and an Antipasto Platter. Guest also enjoyed Giggle Juice and Bloody Mary Mocktails. Sweet treats included cigars and cigarettes made from pretzels and icing, a mini-candy bar, and this gorgeous cake made by Susan Huss.

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The best feature of the night, though, was a surprise the hostess had up her sleeve. Eric Everett of Asheville Party, hosted one of his unique murder mystery theatre dinners (a.k.a Godmama’s Place), while guests enjoyed their food and drink! The guest of honor was thrilled and had a ball participating in the festivities. Eric customizes his mystery evenings to suit the crowd, and acts as the host, cluemaster, and entertainer for the whole crowd. He provides a fun, creative way for guests to get involved and have fun together at a party.

What a great night of good friends, good food and entertainment celebrating one fabulous mama of four. You can read about her own reactions on her blog here!