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Using meet and mingle kits as icebreakers
We have a special format of
our mystery party kits called "meet and mingle" kits which cater for
large groups. These "meet and mingle kits" are great party
icebreakers as everyone has to mingle and talk to one another about
their clue(s) in order to solve the mystery.
With this format only
the rules and a report or two are read out to the whole group and people
mingle and talk about their clues and find out about other people's
clues and pass on what they find out. This works better for large groups
for informal parties as it is easier than trying to get everyone to
hear every clue.
mysteries page and look for the kits which have "meet and mingle"
The following kits are great icebreakers as they are available in meet and mingle format:
We generally recommend the meet
and mingle kits for groups of 17 or more.
Other icebreaking techniques
Question and answer icebreakers
Have enough cards so you have
one for each guest.
- Write out icebreaker questions
on half the cards, and the answers to those questions on the other
- When guests arrive give each a
question OR an answer. If there is an equal number of men and women,
give the questions to the women and the answers to the men or vice versa.
- Tell them that each guest with
a question has to ask everyone their question until they find the person
with the right answer. When a person is asked a question, they must
give the answer, or the question, which is written on their card. When
they find the person with the correct answer, they introduce themselves
Note: Our Celebrity
Celebrations mystery dinner party kit contains an optional trivia
quiz game which works like the above icebreaker game. The
Case of the Missing Matchmaker also has a matching party game that
works this way.
Find out their name
This icebreaker game is a good way of remembering
people's names and putting everyone in a relaxed and friendly mood.
- Have everyone sit or stand
in a circle.
- Get the first person to say
their name and something they like starting with the same initial.
For example: "My name is Mary and I like muffins."
- Then get the next person
to introduce the first person (Mary) again and then himself or herself
saying, "This is Mary and she likes muffins, my name is Jack
and I like jumping".
- Go around the circle with
every person introducing everyone from the very first person (Mary).
If you have a very large crowd this can be a bit difficult but everyone
can help out. Using the same initial helps to jog the memory. This
icebreaker game gets everyone laughing, especially if people use peculiar
things that they like.
Note: When using our
mystery party games, we always suggest you give each guest a name tag
showing the name of the character they are playing. At the end of the
party, if people don't know each other, it is fun to have people guess
what each of them does in "real life" after having played fictional
characters all night. This is also when you can introduce everyone using their real names.
It's a great icebreaker and fun to have everyone to write down their first impressions of one another.
- When guests arrive have someone
tape a piece of card onto their back and give everyone a pen or pencil.
- Ask the guests to write their
first impressions of that person on the card on their back.
- Ask them to write witty and
nice comments bright eyes, figure to die for, seductive smile,
soothing voice, lovely legs etc.
- When everyone has written comments
on everyone's card, have each guest read out the card on back of the
person beside them.
Here are some icebreakers with
ways to introduce yourself to someone new so that you can find out
more about them and get to know them better. You may like to get your
guests to introduce themselves using these icebreaker ideas.
- Find someone you've never met
before and ask them to tell you three interesting things about themselves.
Try to avoid questions like "where do you live?"
and "how many children do you have?". Questions like
"what book is on your bedside table?", "what
was the most important thing your mother taught you?" and
"what music drives you mad?" can elicit more interesting
and often humorous answers. It also gives everyone quite a bit of
information about what the person is like.
- The interviewee then does the
same thing to their interviewer.
- After about 15 minutes of chatting,
each person introduces his or her partner to the others, using the