Minute To Win It Party

Do you watch NBC’s Minute To Win It each week and wish you could try these crazy challenges? If so, it might just be time to host a Minute To Win It Party!
Could you balance 6 dice on a popsicle stick held in your mouth for 1 minute? How about removing all the tissues from a tissue box with only 1 hand?

Do you watch NBC’s Minute To Win It each week and wish you could try these crazy challenges? If so, it might just be time to host a Minute To Win It Party!

How to Host a Minute To Win It Party

  1. This party is ideal for preteens, teens, a girl’s night or adult couples.
  2. Invitations: purchase inexpensive stopwatches like these from Amazon
    and attach the party details to the stopwatch. The stopwatch also becomes a great party favor!
  3. Choose your challenges based on the age of the guests and supplies you have on hand…this will keep it budget friendly!
  4. All challenges are done by 2 person teams, so when guests arrive have them reach into a hat to find out which team they are on. Add to the fun by coming up with silly names for the teams!
  5. Keep it simple, no complicated rules, afterall…we’re playing for prizes not a million dollars!
  6. Each team to complete the challenge in 1 minute or less will be awarded 1 point.
  7. All teams will start the challenge at the same time. Make sure to have plenty of family members to help keep time and monitor that the challenges are being done correctly. There are a few challenges that will be easier to do 1 team at a time like Foul Shot.
  8. Buy an assortment of prizes, and the team with the most points gets first choice! Second place gets second choice, third place gets third choice and so on.


Minute To Win It Challenges

We have compiled a larger  list of the Top 30 Minute to Win It Games, but I’ve come up with a few select games that are well suited for teenage girls. Remember to start that stopwatch because all challenges must be completed in a minute or less!

  • Pyramid Power – Starting with 8 dixie cups on the bottom, build a pyramid of 36 cups.
  • Double Bubble – Choose one team member to blow a bubble inside of a bubble.
  • Dress a Statue – One team member dresses the other using all the items in the bag. The person being dressed may not lift their arms or legs hence the name Dress a Statue!
  • Cupcake Chaos – Using all the ingredients in the bag, decorate your cupcake. Note: These cupcakes can later be used for the birthday cake!
  • String Thing – Working together, cut this piece of string into 30 equal pieces! No measuring tape or rulers allowed.
  • Three Leg Race – Before the stopwatch begins, we will tie one of your legs together. Can you and your partner go 100 yards in 1 minute?
  • Paint My Toenails – Choose one team member to paint the other persons toenails. It must be neat!
  • Braid It! – Choose one team member to braid the other persons hair in 2 braids. All the hair must be used (other than bangs) and no hairbrushes allowed!
  • Tennis Ball Toss – Toss tennis balls into a bucket. You must get 5 in!
  • Roll It, Roll It, Roll It – Choose one team member to hold the roll of toilet paper, the other person must unroll the toilet paper without tearing it.
  • Chopstick Challenge – Choose one team member to use chopsticks with one hand to move 30 miniature marshmallows from one bowl to another bowl.
  • Foul Play – Choose one team member to make 10 foul shots! The other team member may assist buy retrieving the ball.
  • Book Balance – Choose one team member to walk 20 feet balancing 3 books on their head!
  • Say Cheese – Throw a piece of American cheese onto your partner’s forehead and get it to stick!
  • Thread The Needle – Thread 10 needles.
  • Chocolate Unicorn – Stack 4 ding dongs on your partners forehead while they are standing up, leaning back.

The possibilities are endless for a Minute To Win It Party! Please remember to test the challenges and adjust for your age group and length of party.

The countdown is on for another fun & frugal party from The Budget Diet girl!


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  1. bob..jk says:

    so stupid.
    I do ones with my brothers and they are much more fun like putting a long spaghetti noodle in your mouth and have smaller noodles (about 10) on a table. then you try to put all the noodles on the spaghetti noodle but the spaghetti noodle is in your mouth so its challenging. I also did one where you have to bounce pencils by the eraser into a cup in 60 seconds. you need to be more creative.

  2. Zowee says:

    Loved the ideas I said it for my 11th Birthday party and me and my friends loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kristl says:

      I’m glad your party was a hit!

  3. my mom will love to use these ideas at sunday school!!!

  4. April Gibbons says:

    Great ideas! Thanks! We are going to use them at family camp!

    • Kristl says:

      Love your idea of using them at family camp!

  5. What a fun and clever idea for some low cost, high fun!!! Love this! Thanks for a great post!

  6. I’ve never seen this, but I don’t catch a lot of TV. Really fun though!

  7. Rosann says:

    This is awesome! My daughter has a birthday coming up and we are in the process of planning a party for her. Looks like I visited your site at just the right time! :)

  8. pam r says:

    Wonderful activties!!

  9. Jacqueline says:

    Really fantastic ideas and challenges. A lot of them I hadn’t heard of but have all the raw “ingredients” hanging about the house.

  10. sounds fun!! Great ideas! :)

  11. These all sound like fun challenges!

    I’m visiting from VoiceBoks! I’m following through RSS feed via email, Tip Junkie, Pinterest, Facebook, Stumble Upon, and Twitter!

    I hope you have a good rest of your week!


    • Kristl says:

      Thanks so much for following! I hope I can save you some money!

  12. These sound like a lot of fun! I want to come to one of your parties :) Stumbled from blogfrog!

  13. This is a really cool idea. Even for kids during the summer. Thank you, great ideas.

    • Kristl says:

      Let your kids be creative & come up with their own challenges using stuff around the house!

  14. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    This sounds like such fun!

    I stumbled this post!

    • Kristl says:

      The possibilities are endless, & the price is right!!!!

  15. Bibi says:

    I am printing this…..this would be the greatest birthday party idea for my teen who’s turning 15 soon.

    • Kristl says:

      Please let me know how it goes!

  16. Great party ideas! Thanks!

  17. Karen says:

    We did a minute to win it party for my daughter’s 11th birthday last weekend– the girls LOVED it and would have played for a lot longer! We had 14 girls, and for each challenge, the girls switched partners. This kept it fun and interesting. I had a clipboard, and it looked like I was keeping score, but in the end each girl went home with a “I’m a Winner” party bag and they got to choose their big prize, which was a pair of flip flops from Aeropostale. I had a selection of sizes and styles for them to choose from, and everyone is set for summer! Thanks for the great party idea!

  18. Angie Hyde says:

    Best party ever!!!!!! Thanks so much for all the great ideas! We did exactly as you suggested. When guests arrived we drew names to determine partners. A few other games we played for points was Twister, roll a cookie down your face into your mouth, wrap a present blindfolded, pop balloons by sitting on them, and walk with a spoon with a cottonball to put into a bowl across the room….most cottonballs in a minute got a point. We literally played Minute to Win It games from 6-10:30 with a few breaks for dinner, flashlight tag, and jumping on the trampoline. The kids loved it!!!!(12 year olds, but my 16 year old was helping and had a great time too!) Thanks again!

  19. Kristl says:

    Fun & free!

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