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Mystery Dinner Party


Mystery dinner party game


Fun and crazy birthday idea for kids, tweens and teens! 

The guests are served dinner - but don't know what they have ordered until the food arrives.

Guests order off of a crazy menu that doesn't tell them exactly what they will be served.  

There are 3 rounds and finally most of the guests will figure out what to order to get the type of food they want to eat.   Fun group or party activity or icebreaker!

We've included a sample menu to get you started!

1.  Make a list of the food that will be served. 
When we do this we usually serve - 2 kinds of pizza, 2 - 3 kinds of soda, chips, dip, goldfish crackers, and salad, but you can serve any menu.  
Spaghetti, tacos, hamburgers and hot dogs all work well.   





2.  Give each food item a "mystery" name. 

Cheese pizza = round moo
Pepperoni pizza = dotted round moo
Coke = bubble brownie
Sprite = light sparkle
Chips = flat crunchy
Goldfish crackers = swimmers
Chicken Nuggets = golden fear
Spaghetti = ropes
Breadsticks = swords
Salad = Shredded and tossed
Croutons = Little blocks
Dressing = Pants and Shirts
Fork = Spear
Spoon = Dipper
Napkin = Tree square

The fork, spoon and napkin should all be separate items.  

Part of the fun is watching the kids choose three things and then not having anything to eat them with once they arrive (especially entertaining when serving spaghetti!) 

3. Make up menus with the mystery names. 

Menu's should contain only the mystery names of the food items so that the players do not have a clue what they are ordering.

Each player gets their own menu.

Make sure that their name is on the menu and that there are three boxes on each side of the items (you'll be giving them back their menus three times)  so that they can check off what they want each time. 



4. Tell players to check off 3 items each round. 

Keep the food hidden in the kitchen so they can't see it before or during the dinner.  

Be creative - this idea works with any menu (taco's, hamburgers & fries, hotdogs) and with any number of food items. 

Tips:  Write the guests names on their menus so they can order from the same menu 3 times.  Grab some helpers (older or younger children) to help deliver the food and turn in orders.






Mystery Food Dinner Sample Menu

This is the sample menu for the Mystery Food Dinner listed in our party food ideas section
#1 #2 #3 Menu Items   Translation
Don't print this on the menu!
  swimmers   Goldfish crackers
  thin square   napkin
    round moo   cheese pizza
    bubble brownie   cola
    dipper   spoon
    dotted round moo   pepperoni pizza
    spear   fork
    light sparkle   sprite
    flat crunchy   chips
    green toss   salad
    slimy brown   chocolate pudding
    little blocks   croutons
pants and shirts   dressing
    red section   tomato slice
    orange flats   nachos
    formal toss   bow tie pasta

Print out our sample Mystery Dinner Menu or a blank Mystery Dinner Menu that you can customize yourself for free here:

Printable Mystery Dinner Menus

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