Throwing a murder mystery party is an awesome, unique event idea. I’ve thrown a couple of these and they never fail to be completely entertaining; there’s something alluring about pretending you’re someone else for an evening. This one, though, was one of my favourites of them all.
When I became an event planner, I never really considered planning funerals or celebrations of life as something I could do. I don’t have much desire to plan too many sombre affairs, but I am very thankful to have been part of this celebration of life. Rather than a sad affair, it was about remembering the full life that was lived, sharing stories, and connecting with each other. There were, of course, sad moments, but overall I really would say this was a celebration.
The venue certainly helped to make this feel a lot more special. When the client called me ten days from the date of the event, asking for somewhere unique and interesting to hold the ceremony, I was excited to get to work. That afternoon I came up with the idea of holding it on a boat – the Edmonton Queen Riverboat to be exact.
It’s official – I’m giving it a shot.
I’ve quit my day job and I’m pursuing running my own event planning company full-time, at least for now. It was kind of a crazy decision to make, but I just really felt that I needed to try this. Maybe it won’t work and I’ll end up going crawling back to the corporate or nonprofit world… but at least in that case I’ll have tried.