Party Food Ideas For Murder Mystery Parties

Easy party food ideas for mystery parties

If you are planning a party the following ideas will get you off to a good start.

There are food suggestions in the host guide for each kit. See our best mysteries page and click on the title of the kit to see more details and access the samples and host guides.

We don’t provide recipes in our kits as there are so many excellent recipes available for free via the internet. Just go to your favorite search engine and enter the type of party food you are looking for (e.g., Spanish food recipes).

We recommend that you prepare party food that can put in the oven during the beginning of the party so that you aren’t trapped in the kitchen. For example, lasagne or a roast dinner.

Try and serve dishes at the party that are easy to prepare or get a caterer to help. Or asks your guests to bring a plate of food. This is fair as you are providing the mystery party game entertainment.

Animation of salad party food

Put people’s names on their drink glasses so that people don’t keep getting a new glass for each new drink and creating a million glasses to wash!

Train your guests in how to rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher.

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Debbie's cake at Celebrity Celebrations party
Debbie’s cake at her Celebrity Celebrations Halloween party

We recommend you serve party food to suit your guests. For example, if you are having a children’s party, you should realize that most children only like typical children’s party foods.

Cocktail party food ideas for mystery parties:

You may like to serve cocktail party food such as:

  • caviar and crackers (not necessarily expensive caviar)
  • vol au vents filled with corn or asparagus and cheese
  • spring rolls
  • filo pastry parcels with spinach and fetta cheese and pine nuts
  • spicy chicken wings
  • mini pizzas
  • hot skewered food
  • mini sweet pumpkin pies.

If you would prefer, you can serve a sit down dinner or have the food in a buffet / smorgasbord arrangement.

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Linette's cake photo from her Irish party
Linette’s cake from her Luck of the Irish party

Examples of party food from our mystery party clients

Wild West food

Catherine (Ceci) Bentler from Billings, MT served this for her “Murder On The Prairie” party:

Blue cheese and caramelized onion squares
Beef Kabobs
Corn Fritters with Salsa
Green Beans with Mushroom Madeira Sauce
Barbeque Ribs/ Salad and Rolls
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Dried Cranberry and Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

Fairytale food

Here is a group photo from Mia’s Who Stole The Cookies? party:

A group photo at Mia's Who Stole The Cookies party
Group photo

Mia sent in this feedback about her Who Stole The Cookies? party:

“We had a lot of fun. We had 8 girls, I (Mia) was Sherlock Holmes, and a mom played Mrs. Bookworm. I wanted to have a food that represented each character so in one of the pictures we were toasting (sparkling cider) as if we were at Cinderella’s Ball. In another photo you’ll see our ‘cookies’ and petit fours (Alice in Wonderland) that some said “Eat Me” and a sliced poison apple (Snow White). The girls were laughing and had a great time. For prizes I wrapped giant candy bars and each one would say: Presented to Best… (actress, dressed, Who guessed it, etc). I also made a CD of music from the different character’s that we played between Act’s when they were snacking.

This was also enjoyable because the girls had never done this before so they really got into it.


Mia and Claire Marr