The inspiration for this party comes from the NBC game show “Minute to Win It“… and if you have never had a chance to see this show- I’ll summarize it for you. Contestants are given challenges (involving common household items) to complete in 60 seconds to win ever-increasing prize money. So the first challenge will be the easiest one and they continue to ramp up in difficulty as contestants work their way up to the ultimate $1 million prize. But the best part, the challenges are funny, and can easily be replicated at home! If you go out to NBC’s Minute to Win It website, they provide all of the details for many of the games they feature on the TV show, including the “Blueprint” videos they use on air to show the contestants how the challenges work.
This party is so much fun and such a success at our home, that we have actually hosted it 3 different times for 3 of our sons’ birthday parties! In each case, the party was a sleepover party, and we conducted the “Minute to Win It” portion of the party for about 90 minutes, right after we served dinner.
The Minute to Win It Birthday Party Invitation
“Minute to Win It” Birthday Party Games:
Here are the games we used at our last party…… To explain each game to the kids, we played the “blueprint” (found on the “Minute to Win It” website) on my computer. We then explained any modifications to the game that we were making to make the game a little more kid-friendly.
1. Bite Me- contestants have to pick up grocery bags in 6 decreasing sizes and put them on top of the table without using their hands… and their feet may not leave the floor!
2. Bucket Head- contestants bounce a ping-pong ball onto the floor, which then bounces off a wall, and attempts to catch the ping pong ball in a bucket on his or her head
3. Face the Cookie- using only the facial muscles, move a cookie from the forehead to the mouth
4. Junk in the Trunk- 8 ping pong balls are placed in an empty tissue box, which is tied to the back of the contestant’s waist….. who then needs to jump up and down until the tissue box is emptied
5. Noodling Around- using a piece of spaghetti placed between his or her teeth, the contestant must pick up 5 penne pastas, stringing them onto the spaghetti, without using his or her hands.
6. Egg Roll- using pizza boxes, contestants fan hard-boiled eggs from a starting line, across the floor, to reach a target
7. Defying Gravity- contestants must tap 3 balloons to keep them off of the ground for 60 seconds!
8. Johnny Applestack- stack 5 apples on stop of each other
9. Tilt a Cup- done as a team event. Player 2 has a stack of 7 cups. Player 1 bounces a ping-pong ball on the ground, and player 2 must catch it off of the bounce and into a cup. When Player 2 catches the ball in the cup, he takes the bottom cup from the stack and places it on top of the stack, and then catches the next ball, and so forth, until all 7 cups are stacked with balls in between them.
10. Suck It Up- use a straw to move skittles one at a time from the tabletop to balance on top of 4 flexible straws taped vertically to the end of a table.
Minute to Win It Party Area Set Up:
We used this easel to keep score for each team.
Our Prize Table- 2 huge Hershey bars for 1st place, medium sized bars for 2nd place, regular sized for 3rd place, and a mini bar for 4th place (and for the siblings!)
Each team had a table that they used for playing the games…
Minute to Win It Birthday Cake:
Minute to Win It Party Favors:
Instead of goodie bags filled with candy- I wanted the kids to have something cool for their rooms…. so I took some group photos of the party guests before we started playing “Minute to Win It”. Later on in the evening, when the kids were watching the movie, I printed copies of the photos on my color printer, and then placed a photo in a black frame for each guest. I put a small sticker on the corner of the frame that read “Thanks for coming to Kyle’s party”…. which the kids could remove when they get home. I think that kids like to have a picture of their closest friends in their bedroom…. and this made a nice gift for them.
Do you think that you child would love a “Minute to Win It’ birthday party? What’s the best birthday party theme you’ve ever used? Please leave a comment and share it with us!
If you liked this party idea, you might also enjoy these other at-home birthday parties we’ve thrown for our kids: