Last week I put together a mixed-up mystery dinner for a local church youth group of 12 & 13 year olds. It was so fun and kids that age are very entertaining to watch. (I forgot about all of the peer pressure that they are surrounded by.) I think this will be an easy and inexpensive party for you to recreate. So over the next two weeks I’ll be posting the 10 steps I used to create this party and it will all wrap up in plenty of time for Halloween. Please forgive the photography of the party, I took the pictures myself.
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I made these invitations very inexpensively using some pre-cut cardstock from Bazzill Paper. I photocopied the party info and chandelier, used a scallop punch to cut out the chandelier, used a circle punch for the color behind it, and tied some coordinating ribbon on the bottom. I bought the downloadable chandelier image on Etsy from Monique Chvatal for only $2.00. Orange invites for the boys and black invites for the girls.
I would recommend splurging on a cute dessert made by someone else. You will stress yourself out trying to make invitations, plan a menu, decorate your house and organize a whole party. You don’t need the added complication of making an unfamiliar creation. Especially because these tend to go horrifically wrong. Horrifically. Wrong. And all at the last minute. Leaving you in tears. No, don’t say it. I don’t want to hear that you are the exception. You know a bride wouldn’t make her own wedding cake. Just trust me here. I ordered these organic custom owl cupcakes from Sugared Magnolia.
Make a list of the food that you want to serve at your mixed-up mystery dinner. Here is my menu: spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, french bread, green salad, fruit salad, cupcakes, ice cream, and a drink. This is a dinner party where the guests will choose their food for three courses, only the food will be named different names so that they can’t recogize what they are ordering. But more about that later. For now just start pulling an easy menu together and aim for 9 items. Oh, and a little tip: 12 year old girls don’t eat very much when seated with 12 year old boys. Don’t plan on a ton of food.
I made a very simple and inexpensive drink. First, I made gummy worm ice cubes. You don’t need to use a heart shaped ice cube tray, it’s just what I had on hand.
Fill the tray with gummy worms then add water.
I filled each cup with gummy worm ice cubes and Sprite. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.