Should I give gifts to the winner?

Chocolate Bars with a theme

Giving gifts at a Dinner Murder Mystery party is totally up to you and your budget. If you are on a tight budget you can get creative. Gifts don’t have to be expensive, but it’s more about the “Wow” of winning. There are a ton of cute gifts you can get at a "Dollar Store" for example.


 If you want to keep to a theme you could get chocolate bars that match the theme of your murder mystery game. For example add a cover to the chocolate bar that says, “The Joker’s Wild” for our 1920’s Murder Mystery game or “Murder in Deadwood” for our Western Murder Mystery or “Spies in London” or “A Dinner to Die For” and glue the back of it together.  You can actually order blank candy bar labels from Avery as one option and they have sticky backs already. You can print on them whatever you like. These labels are found at:


If you want to get a more expensive gift that is always great too. However, it’s the idea and thought that counts. It’s really in the presentation to the winner and having them walk up front and accept their gift and certificate that makes it all fun.


We have hosted some company parties that give away big prizes such as TV sets for example, and that is totally awesome too. If you are having a murder mystery for a company party that might be something you want to do.  Some of our mystery games, the roaring 20’s Joker’s Wild in particular, and even the Murder in Deadwood goes great with a casino and fake money can be used. At the conclusion of the evening a grand prize is given to the overall winner.


In our experience, however, guests have fun with or without a gift and if this is a budget friendly party and guests are attending in order to share the evening with friends then perhaps gifts are not a necessity. It’s all up to the host.


There are a variety of games that we offer here at Dinner Murder Mystery including a 1920's murder mystery party, cowboys set in a western murder mystery, a pirate murder mystery, a London mystery game, a wine mystery game, and a data computer mystery game.