Murder Mystery Dinner Party game & my 30th Birthday

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday with a Murder Mystery dinner party game. I've been wanting to play one of these games for years. The particular game we played was called "The Brie, the Bullet & the Black Cat", set in 1942 Casablanca. The guest of honour was to have been France's greatest living mime artist, but he fails to arrive, and has been murdered! Everyone at the dinner party is a suspect. Aim of the game is to investigate who of your dinner companions is the murderer.

It was a fabulous excuse to get dressed up, and act out in each character - here are my friends and family in their amazing outfits. I was so impressed with the effort everyone went to. Aren't they great? Big props to my mom who decorated the dining & sitting rooms, and organised ALL of the food, as I wasn't available during the day (sorry I don't have any photos)! 

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Of course the majority of my outfit was thrifted. Months ago I found this stunning fur at the local Sacred Heart Mission op shop. On the same visit, I also found a vintage black feather hat (seen on my friend Lara in the selfie). Both pieces were so fabulous I took them home, I knew there would be an excuse to wear them one day. Plus, I feel like I could get away with the black hat as a winter hat; I'm determined to try to bring it into the modern age as an everyday piece. Watch this space. 

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Here I am in my full 1940s outfit (apologies for photo quality). The dress ($10) was from Sacred Heart mission op shop South Melbourne, and the fur ($15) was also from Sacred Heart but their Prahran store.  The fur has these really cool backpack-like straps, put your arms through them and voila it won't fall off! Earrings were also a thrifted pair; the shoes were the only item I had bought new. A Kate Spade pair I found at a clearance store on a trip to the US. You may not have noticed but it was 30 degrees Celsius (that's 90F) so the fur didn't last too long!  My hair was curled a lot more but the heat and humidity ensured that didn't last long. 

Have you ever gone to a murder mystery party? If so, what did you like about it?

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Em xx