June 19, 2013

How to Host a Game of CLUE Party for Kids
+ Printable/Customizeable Invitations


When I was a kid, my favorite board game was CLUE.  I loved the mystery, the intrigue and taking on the role of amateur sleuth.  I've passed my love of the game down to my two girls, and I was excited when my youngest expressed an interest in having a CLUE party for her birthday this year.  Here's what we did:


The Invitations

To set a dramatic tone for the party, I created invitations inspired by the playing cards from the original board game.  The invitations came in two parts -- a Character Card that introduced the character assigned to the guest and a Party Card that included all the details for the party.  To further link the party to the game, we glued a weapon piece from the board game to each party card (which we were able to purchase as a lot from Ebay).

You can download the invitations for free below:



I created a mystery party experience that was child-friendly, and the kids all had a blast getting in character by dressing up and acting out their parts as they endeavored to solve the crime at Plum Manor.  


To make sure that each child had a part, I researched the history of CLUE and included some additional characters from other versions of the game from around the world. I took the liberty of creating some new characters as well that were tailor made to the guests' ages and personalities.  The invitation and character cards were printed on heavy watercolor paper and were delivered in manila envelopes stamped in red with the word "CONFIDENTIAL".  

You can download the character cards below:



The Game Begins

The party guests arrived in the late afternoon, and were greeted by our butler, Mr. Pennyworth (my husband).  They were directed to the dining room, where they were seated and served a "Plumtini".


Introductions

Before dinner was served, Professor Plum thanked his guests for coming and announced that the reason for the dinner was to give his guests a sneak peek at his company's latest invention: the world's smallest spy robot.  Just then, the doorbell rang and a surprise guest was ushered in.  Plum explained that he had invited Madame Rose (played by my eldest daughter), a famous fortune teller, to peer into the future of Plum Industries.  Pennyworth read each character's card (I kept an extra set) as means of making introductions.  
 

Intrigue!

As the guests sipped their drinks and became acquainted, Madame Rose excused herself to "powder her nose".  She tiptoed off to another room where we had set up a crime scene in advance.  Madame Rose issued a scream, which caused all of the guests to seek out the source.  They found Madame Rose lying unconscious on the ground with her fingers resting on the keypad of the professor's laptop.  The butler announced that it was time to look for clues!


Evidence

Before the party, we created different clues that appeared to incriminate each of the guests -- A letter from Miss. Peacock imploring the professor for help, an old army photo of Colonel Mustard and the professor, gambling slips belonging to Mr. Green, etc.  Two pieces of key evidence were a spy bot (a hex-bug toy) that was found under the body of the victim and Madame Rose's purse which contained an I.D. badge for a female employee of the professor's corporate rival.  Once all the clues had been gathered, the guests convened in the dining room where the clues were presented and discussed.  Each child made their "accusation" on a folded piece of paper, which was then read by the butler.  


The Case is Solved

When all the accusations had been made, Pennyworth entered the room with a final piece of evidence:  The professor's laptop.  He pretended to insert the spy bot into the laptop, giving the appearance that it was uploading surveillance video.  Before the party, we had recorded a short video of Madame Rose attempting to hack in to the professor's laptop and taking photos of the robot.  The video showed the phony fortune teller being attacked by the bot before she fell unconscious.  The guests watched this shocking footage, at which time Professor Plum announced that the impostor from the rival technology company must have triggered the spy bot's defense mechanism, which injected a 48-hour paralysis syrum into any would-be thieves.  Case closed.

Dinner Time

The guests celebrated their innocence with a dinner of the host's favorite foods, each served in a martini glass:  Homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes with a braised short-rib, and fruit salad.  For dessert, the guests enjoyed a Make-Your-Own-Sundae Bar (making sundaes in their martini glasses as well).


Conclusion

At the end of the party, the professor told the guests that he was prepared to buy their silence about what had happened that evening and about his invention.  He passed out a box to each guest containing one of his spy bugs, along with a million dollars (a candy bar that looked like money).  Each guest had to sign a waiver on their box before it could be opened.  For extra fun, we gave out plum-colored gumballs in a bag that said, "Don't blow it".


* To personalize the invitation, open the file in Google Drive. Then click the blue "open" button on the lower right. Select "Open in Google Drive Viewer".  The document will open.  Go to "File" and "Download".  Document will download to MS Word. You will need the fonts "Woodgod" and "Before the Rain" installed in order to maintain formatting.  To print, set your page size to 6x8.

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Credits:  For the silhouettes on the invitations, I used a variety of online sources.  Special thanks to The Graphics Fairy, and incredible artist Olly Moss

12 comments:

  1. Jenn, what a fun idea! Every last detail is just perfect and I love how the whole family got involved. I think my favorite part is your love for the game of Clue and that you past it right along to your daughters! I'm sure the guest enjoyed their day of sleuthing and that it will be a birthday party that is looked backed on with fun memories. Thank you for passing mystery and intrigue to the next generation.

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  2. I want to do this! We love clue. We love mysteries....especially English mysteries. What a fabulous party. Love all the special details. Well done!

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  3. How stinking cute is this party!!!! I totally think my daughter needs this for her next birthday!

    I hope you link up with our party this week too!
    http://www.sowderingabout.com/2013/06/on-display-monday-linkup-6.html

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  4. What an amazing party for your daughter!~ I want to be one of your kids! I love clue as well, and this would be so fun to do. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. What an amazing party! My 7 year old is obsessed with Clue and the theme has just been added to the short list of party themes this year.

    I wonder if the kids would like the mystery dinner or if it would be over their heads..

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  6. Absolutely love the idea, am busy printing away and thinking. The personalization went great, however I'm trying to add more characters (girls) and I can't edit the PDF? any suggestions?

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  7. This is an amazing party.....I'm printing away, was able to personalize the invitations and now I'm trying to add 2 more girl characters. Is there a way to edit the character cards?

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  8. When I open up Party Card, side B it does not let me edit it so I can type my adress and date on the invitation.

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  9. Absolutely fantastic 👍 Thank you so much for this clear How To....
    I have to translate it for the kids, but with these it would not be a problem!

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  10. My friends and I are hosting a progressive Halloween party with my house being the last stop. We each have a different theme and our theme is going to be Clue. Since I haven't a "clue" how to pull this off, your post really helps! Thank you!

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  11. Love this idea! Where did you get the box and what is the size? Thanks!

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  12. I've prepared a 3 course mystery dinner and now so excited to find this! Thank you for posting/ sharing the fun!
    Incase you're wondering about the dinner (it's new to me), I found the idea online but not much out there, I created a Word Doc. and added about 20 food options (swimmers = gold fish, well dress coward = popcorn chicken) Kids will get to pick 3 items for each course.

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