I love to throw parties! And often on Sunday night, as we are watching Minute to Win It, I comment on what a fun party it would be.

So last week I made it happen as a surprise party for my sister. Because I went through the effort to put stuff together I thought I’d share it here with all of you!

If you haven’t seen Minute to Win It, the object is to complete a task in 1 minute and then move on to the next–earning money with each completed task (much like Millioinaire). There are 3 chances that can be used before you are finished. So you can re-try a game if you don’t pass it on the first attempt.
MTWI supplies

There are a lot of games, but these are the ones we chose to do because of the ease of setting up/we already had most of the supplies.

We used a church gym, with the basketball clock as our timer (complete with a loud buzzer!). And took advantage of the wireless internet to show the game introduction clips (from the MTWI website) using a projector. If you decide to do this for a really large group (like a ward party) it may work best to have a laptop at each station so contestants can watch before playing each game. Or you could introduce them all at the beginning on the projector.

We decided instead of having 1 person play at a time that it would be better to let everyone play whichever game they chose in the same 60 seconds, and then keep track on their scorecards. There were simultaneous games going and they played on the same buzzer. We started out having people mark their strikes, but gave up as the games are much trickier than they appear–but also very do-able after some practice. So if you succeeded it counted. Some games allow more than 1 person to play at the same time, such as Face the Cookie, which speeds things up. At the end of the party we had them add up the number of games they successfully completed and the highest score was deemed champion.

MTWI Scorecards

The 3 boxes are for the strikes if you decide to use them.

The games were set up around the perimeter of the gym with these signs hanging nearby indicating which game was which.

Minute to Win It Tags

Have fun and let me know how your party turns out!


  1. Fabulous idea!

  2. Awesome! We were talking about doing this for a ward party and you just made our lives so much easier! Thank you!

  3. What a fun idea Nikkala!!!

  4. This is awesome!! Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  5. This looks like so much fun!! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work! I can’t wait to find a place to use this idea.

  6. how much fun! great idea!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  7. We played our own Family version of this for Easter this year. How’s if Hangin’ and Elephant walk had us laughing so hard!! It was a riot! I wish we would have had all the graphics! So awesome!

  8. Funny that you posted this. My husband and i were justy talking about how much fun it would be to play this game at his family christmas party!! Thanks for the post!

  9. My boys love this show. This would be a perfect summer boredom buster. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  10. Thank you so much for the idea! I can’t wait to try it out.

  11. alta mcdaniel Says: May 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    How many people did you have in this minute to win it event? Did each station have an assistant to run the game? Did they just choose games hap-hazardly went and wait in line? And how was scoring done? 1 point if they finished in a minute? Thanks for getting back to me quickly. I am planning an event for 350 people and can use all the help I can get with logistics!!

  12. I AM SO thankful for your willingness to share these tags, but is there anyway you can make them red or blue for my party on FRIDAY?

  13. Did you also made the descriptions for each event so The can be read the to players or they can read it.

    Like Caddy stack letting them know that they need to stack 3 golf balls in 60 seconds to win.

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