Sunday, May 22, 2011

Minute to Win It Birthday Party

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For my son's 10th birthday party we created a fun Minute to Win It Party.  It took a bit of thought on how to do it, so I've shared them all with you here so you don't have to recreate the wheel!  We had 10 crazy energetic boys at the party and I think they all had a blast!  The TV show is one of my son's favorites, so it seemed like the perfect party theme for him.  Of course, as with all of the themes I seem choose, you can't find party supplies yet.  I'm sure they will come out with them in the next month or two given my past experience.  Here are the details:

I created an invitation on my computer using some of the graphics on the Minute to Win It website.  Hey, if you don't want me to use your copyrighted images then come up with some party supplies, right?  :o)  The invite went a little like this:

You've been selected to be a contestant for (my son's name)'s birthday party! 
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes!

There were 10 boys and each of them chose 4 out of 8 games to play, so basically 5 boys played each of the games throughout the evening.  I made a chart on posterboard that listed the names of the boys on the left column and the games at the top.  Everyone that participated in each game received a prize for their goodie bag, but those that placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd also received points on the chart that counted toward the final prizes.  1st place received 3 points, 2nd place received 2 points, and 3rd place received 1 point.  The small prizes were items from the DollarTree that came in bulk packs like swirly straws, candy, bouncy balls, personal battery powered fans etc.  Memorial Day is coming up so it was handy that the Minute to Win It colors are red, white, and blue.  The final prizes were $15, $10, and $5 GameStop gift cards.

Here are the blueprints we modified from the Minute To Win It website:


  • When the whistle blows, players may begin using 1 hand to stack snack cakes 1 at a time on the forehead.
  • If a cake or cakes fall, player may use the same hand to restack them.
  • To complete the game, player must stack 7 (we ended up doing 5 because 7 was too many) snack cakes 1 atop the other on the forehead before any one else.  We left the wrappers on because it was inside and would have made a mess, but it would have been easier for them to be unwrapped.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • When the clock starts, player may grab the first tissue.
  • Player must use the same hand to pull the tissues for the entire game.
  • Players can only pull ONE tissue at a time!
  • Player's fingers may not enter the box.
  • To complete the game, player must empty the box, pulling the final tissue before the other contestants.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • Fill the tissue box with ping-pong balls, then attach tissue box to the back of belt. Put on the belt with the tissue box sitting at the small of the back.
  • When the clock starts, players may begin moving body to shake the ping-pong balls out.
  • Player's hands or arms may not touch the box or belt.
  • Player may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
  • To complete the game, player must get all 5 ping-pong balls out of the box before any one else.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive corresponding points.

  • Prior to game start, contestants wear a rubber ball attached to the back of their pants or a belt, like a tail. (I found a rubber ball game at the DollarTree that was attached to an elastic string and a velcro wristband that was perfect!)
  • Once game begins, contestants begin moving their body to get the ball swinging and try to knock over the 6 plastic cups surrounding them.
  • Contestant may not use hands, arms, feet or legs to guide the string or ball.
  • Contestant may not hold belt.
  • If a contestant touches the cups with their body, resulting in a cup falling over, the game is considered a fail.
  • If one cup knocks another cup down both cans will count toward the final score.
  • To complete the game, contestant must knock over all the cups using the ball.

  • Prior to game start, contestant stands with two balloons. After the whistle signal the contestants will release the balloons up into the air.
  • Contestants may use any part of the body to hit the balloons.
  • Balloons may not be held by the contestant, or rest on any part of the body once they have been released.
  • Contestant and balloons must remain in designated play area during game.
  • If a balloon pops upon contact with the body the contestant is eliminated.
  • The person to keep the balloons up in the air the longest is the winner.  2nd and 3rd place winners will also be given points.

  • Prior to game start, contestants must be seated in an upright position in the chair with hands on knees.
  • Contestant can put an Oreo on their forehead before start of game.
  • Starting Oreo position must always be in the center of the forehead, not touching the eyebrows.
  • Game begins at the whistle
  • Once the game begins, the contestants may use only their head to manipulate the Oreo.
  • The Oreo must remain in contact with the face at all times (i.e. may not be tossed from the forehead and caught in the mouth).
  • If an Oreo falls, off the head, the contestant must start over with an intact Oreo.
  • To complete the game, the contestant must hold an intact Oreo with his or her mouth before everyone else. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive points.

  • At the whistle, contestants will hold onto the ends of the crepe paper rolls and unwind them by twirling your arms or wrapping them around their bodies. 
  • If the paper tears at any time, the participant may pick up the end and keep going.
  • The first one to unroll both of them is the winner!
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will receive points.

  • Contestants will stand facing the table with 7 metal nuts strung onto a wooden chopstick in front of them
  • At the whistle, they will move the nuts to the end of the wooden chopstick and stack 7 metal nuts on top of each other
  • If the nuts fall, you must start over

Party Bags - I used my Close to My Heart stamps along with coordinating stamp pads to create tags for the paper gift bags for each child.  I got 2 red/blue gift bags for $1 at the DollarTree.  Along with the small prizes after each game, the boys also received a blue or red water bottle that had another name tag. (You can see the waterbottles in the picture with the birthday cake below.)

Cake - I had spent quite a bit on other items, so I kept the cake simple and made cupcakes. I found cupcake papers and star toothpicks/toppers at Michaels that matched the colors and they were perfect!  I also found small "1" and "0" toothpick candles that I put on the two middle cupcakes.  On a blue glass cake stand, they looked great!

We picked up some pizzas for the boys and also had fruit available too.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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ALessner said...

This looks like so much fun im thinking we are going to try some of your games on our next family game night!!!

Paige Dolecki said...

My goodness - what a fun, fun party for all the boys! I'm sure they'll remember that one for a long time!


Anonymous said...

Can I ask where you got those plates and napkins from? I like the color combination

Angela said...

It was around Memorial Day, so I believe I just got them at our local Kroger. 😃