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Carrie Grosvenor

Plan a Minute To Win It Party

By April 19, 2010

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by Chad Mosher

Regardless of how it's doing in the television demographics or what other shows it can be compared to, it is undeniable that Minute to Win It has sparked a chain of interactivity for home viewers. From talking to people online and in real life, I know that having parties and home trials based on the stunts seen on the show are not at all uncommon. Since the premise of the show is really based on games you can play with everyday objects (as opposed to, say, a human-sized bowl of rope-like spaghetti on Double Dare) the appeal is far reaching to most viewers. The fun part about the parties is that if you want to get on the show, it's perfect training for you and your guests. This week, I'm going to help you plan an awesome Minute to Win It party.

The best thing about planning a home Minute event is that every stunt in rotation on the show is available at the show's official website. They give you a list of the materials needed to play, a brief rundown of the rules, plus those fancy British lady/violin music blueprint videos they use on the real show. It's always a good idea to look for games that need things you already have around the house. In addition, try to find games that share the same materials. For instance, just about everyone has a deck of cards at home, right? Well, the games Don't Blow the Joker (pictured - knocking all cards off the top of a deck except the bottom one), Wheel of a Deal (getting twenty cards separately into five piles) and Card Ninja (getting a tossed card to stick in a piece of fruit) all require a single deck of cards.

In terms of things you might have to buy, Separation Anxiety and Suck it Up both require M&Ms, one game to separate them and one game to transport them. And hey, once you're done playing those games you've got party snacks! Some other games also feature items that could be used for consumption before or after, like Face the Cookie which uses an Oreo, Cantagious which uses six full soft drink cans and, after you play that, Tipsy, which uses those same cans, only partially filled. Find about ten games to use that share as many materials as possible, and you should be good.

The next thing to do is to decide what kind of a party you want to have. Playing it like the show where one person plays at a time going up a ladder might not be conducive to a fun, multi-person environment. I've come up with three different formats you can use for the party:

1) If you're going for something laid back, don't do a format at all! Just play the games. Don't worry about scoring or anything, just go through as many games as you can.

2) One scoring format is to make every game worth one point. Each time someone can complete a task, they get a point. Person with the most points at the end of the night is the winner!

3) This is similar to #2. Assign games a point level from one to three. Easy games are worth one, medium games two and hard games are worth three. (You can use your own discretion or watch clips from the show to get an idea.) Order the games easy to hard and, again, the one with the most points is your winner!

Even if your friends haven't seen Minute, they should be familiar with other stunt shows of the past like Beat the Clock or the aforementioned Double Dare. Unlike other party games, these concepts aren't hard at all to understand. Anyone can play them, so these might even be good to entertain your kids at their next birthday party. If you've got hopes of getting to play the games on TV, after a night of playing these you'll be all prepped to try out! No matter how you feel about the actual show, it's got to be admitted that a Minute to Win It party would be a really fun way to spend a Saturday night with friends.

Chad Mosher is a past game show contestant, and has experience in many aspects of the game show industry. He contributes a weekly column here at About.com Game Shows, answering your questions and tackling all facets of the game show genre. If you have questions for Chad, you can post them here in the comments, or contact him directly through the link in his bio.

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September 21, 2010 at 7:32 am
(1) Sarah says:

Loved the article! I’m going to have a minute to win it birthday party at my house on Friday, and I want it to involve a pool. Do you have any ideas for games (on the show or not) that could be played in the pool?

October 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(2) Jennifer L says:

Thanks for the tips!! I am organizing an RV Rally where we will have probably over 100 people. I’m sure I can get some people to play for a chance to win a large television for something like that as a prize!! It will be much fun for the ones playing and the ones watching!!

October 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(3) poopoo says:

that is cool, im planning a total minute to win it party on the 14th of october

October 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(4) sussy says:

i work here for a school and we are organizing a minute to win it game activities but don’t know how I can find the information(intructions) and the buzzer just like the game have it. Can you help me on how to get special the buzzer (computer voice that says game is over) or something like that, something with the number count down (voice)
Please help I only have 8 days left.

April 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm
(5) susan says:

If all else fails, you could record a voice coutdown and buzzer on a tape and then rewind and replay everytime you have a game going on!!! or record it as many times as you have games so all you have to do is push the stop and start button

October 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(6) Emily says:

Thanks heaps for the ideas – I am organising a Minute to Win it event for kids and your blog was a great help! Thanks again…

October 31, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(7) Lauren says:

I think this is a really good idea for my 13th bday party in December. But I am wondering where I would have this event…I can’t find a big, affordable space for this type of a party. Please help!!

November 2, 2010 at 11:56 am
(8) Lisa says:

Thank you! now i’m excited about the Bday party we have planned for Dec. This is really helpful.

November 4, 2010 at 9:04 am
(9) cj says:

In the theme of minute to win it, have any ideas for lott bags for kids 8-11?

March 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm
(10) miracle says:

i having a birthday party on the 30 of march and need a blueprint and voice so the party guess can be amazed and i want my mom to see that i can hav a successful BDAY party someone please help give me suggestes to help thanks so much miracle

April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am
(11) smile kid says:

i am having a party wit all thee bests <3 we r planing on plain these types of games wit maybe a twist to some of them… we r haven the party at a campground, so we will have a lot of ppl the cuz ima have like family too… i have a 6 year old cousin and want her to be able to be included…. any ideas for 6 year olds also??? or like younger kids…..

May 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm
(12) Lisa says:

A game we have played at partys is BUTT DARTS.you take a beer cap(or something same size) fold it in half and you have to hold it in your butt cheeks and walk 8 feet and drop the cap in a cup,its hilarious and not as easy as it sounds

June 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(13) Anna says:

so this is one of my favorite shows now i can play it at home this is great.

February 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm
(14) Julie b says:

Sound fun for my 12 yr olds bday party this sat, but when you have a group… Do you do one at a time or everyone does a Challanger together .?

February 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm
(15) Carrie says:

Hi Julie – some of the games are in pairs, but generally you’d have the kids take turns. The best way to keep everyone occupied (assuming you have some help with the party) is to have a couple of games going at the same time, several of them with really easy setup and few supplies.

Good luck with the party – let us know how it goes!

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