A Murder Mystery Staff Party at the Office

murder mystery staff party

Are you tired of dumb team building activities with your colleagues? It may be time to suggest a murder mystery dinner instead!

Who said office parties had to be boring? I created this murder mystery staff party for 17 colleagues who work together at an accounting practice in Cape Town. While they’re used to enjoying corporate social events together, they had never taken part in a murder mystery dinner party – at their own office!

I transformed their boardroom into the scene of the fictitious five-star Heavenly Hospitals’ big meeting where the announcement of the next CEO of the company would be made. Of course, guests arrived to discover that the outgoing CEO had been brutally murdered before he could make the announcement. 

Naturally, one of the illustrious guests is the perpetrator and the guests must find out who did the deed.

Here’s a taste of the mystery as it unfolded…

Welcome drinks for the distinguished guests.

One of the first guests to arrive, billionaire entrepreneur, Sir Richie Richardson, is welcomed by Heavenly Hospitals’ deputy to the CEO, Prunella.

From intricate facial tattoos to nasty facial scars, there was an array of suspicious details at this corporate event!

As guests arrived they had to introduce themselves to one another, in character! My biggest tip to first-time players of a murder mystery staff party is to fake it ’til you make it. Try to avoid breaking character while you are mingling with your colleagues in character.

One of the bosses played a butler, which delighted the staff

Banks the Butler certainly had his work cut out for him!

Work BFFs who happened to be seated next to one another during the game – what more could you want? These two love to talk about their murder mystery staff party experience and are keen to do it again.

It’s always fun to have a spiritual advisor amongst the characters – they can get away with saying the most outrageous things!

Delight your colleagues with a murder mystery staff party and host a team building event like no other.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

Killer smiles… It is always recommend that guests take photos during the initial mingle of the evening so they can concentrate on the game and doing their detective work later on.

“Prunella” announcing the shocking news that the CEO has been murdered!

A murder mystery staff party is the perfect way to do dinner with colleagues

What’s great about a murder mystery staff party is that colleagues get to let their hair down together and play together. In our work-from-home era, it is the perfect way to reconnect team members in a fun way, and to see one another in a fresh light.

Lisa, The Murder Mystery Guide

Some guests are clearly more shaken by the news than others:  shock, tears, grief, smiles… We all reACT differently. 😉 Need help finding the perfect venue? Check out our article on the best private dining restaurants in Cape Town.

Shall I tell the truth or spin this ‘bad press’ somehow?  Trevor’s character was the PR darling of Hollywood. Who from your office would enjoy a murder mystery staff party?

Some final botox injections before the murderer was picked up by the police.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the more dramatic moments of the group of colleagues’ murder mystery dinner party and that you’re inspired to host your own!

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