In yesterday’s post, I took you through how to host a successful teen murder mystery. As promised, here I will cover decorations, food, and supplies.
Decorating for this circus-themed murder mystery was so much fun! I found SO MANY cute things that I had to reign myself in!
First, I’ll start with the ceiling, because,why not? LOL. I found pennant flags on Amazon that I thought were perfect for a circus theme! I strung them haphazardly all around the room and the front hallway. There were So. Many. I couldn’t even use them all!
You can find them here: PortableFun Pennant Flag Banners,Nylon,250 Ft,Multicolor,200 PCS
I found this lighted marquee frame at Joann and used a 50% off coupon, making it like $9.99, I believe. Then I just downloaded a vintage circus wallpaper and printed the sign.
In the entryway I had found this cutest little ticket booth on Amazon, only I shouldn’t call it little as it was 6 feet tall!
Hobby Lobby has a good selection of circus/carnival themed items. I got this birthday banner there.
I made a photo booth backdrop from different colors of plastic tablecloths that I got from Dollar Tree. I used small 3M Command hooks to hang them. I found photo booth props at Hobby Lobby and Etsy.
The food was SO simple that I didn’t even take very many photos. Here was the menu:
Corn Dogs, corn on the cob on a stick, soft pretzels, and a veggie tray. For desert, we had cake (of course!) and sno cones. I bought this CUTE sno cone machine on Amazon.
We are fortunate to have a dear friend who owns a bakery. She invited our daughter and her friend over to decorate the birthday cake!
The girls had SO much fun! THANK YOU Shona House and Faith Baked Cakes & Catering!
Much to my husband’s irritation, I still do goody bags. I can’t help it! I think they are fun! Inside the goody bags for this theme, were: animal crackers (of course), a bag of cotton candy, and personalized lollipops from Shindigz. You can find them HERE. We decorated the outsides of the bags with vintage circus stickers found on Amazon.
Games and Supplies
I used a variety of colored soda bottles that I found at Cracker Barrel and put them all in a shallow wooden crate, using glow bracelets as the rings.
Pick a Duck
I just used an old galvanized tub and got rubber duckies from the baby shower section of Wal Mart. We then used various colors of paint on the bottoms.
Ping Pong Toss
This was actually super easy to make. I just hot-glued red solo cups onto a piece of foam core. I had written various numbers inside the cups with a sharpie.
My husband got a piece of peg board from Lowes. Then I had him and my daughter blow up a bunch of various colors of balloons, which we then pulled through the peg board. We got our darts off of Amazon.
The final clue was a large stuffed snake, covered with a mysterious glowing substance. The substance was actually Glo-Germ which can be found here.
So, there you have it! Decorations, food, and supplies for an “Under the Big Top” Teen Murder Mystery. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or need more info!
Have a magical day!
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