Family Fun Night – Minute to Win It

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Tonight, we had a Family Fun Night with a Minute to Win It theme. It was extremely easy to come up with the games. For our party, I used a Minute to Win It party bucket but it is no longer being sold, so I came up with a printable decoration kit that includes everything needed to host your own party.

Minute to Win It Family Fun NightThe theme made the evening so much fun! We laughed a lot. It also worked really well for all the different age groups from our youngest right up to us adults.


The Minute to Win It Printable Party Pack includes:

  • Treat Bag Toppers
  • Cupcake Wrappers
  • Cupcake Toppers
  • Favour Bag Tags in two sizes
  • Straw Flags
  • Score Sheets
  • Game Directions for each of the games here and the games in our Dollar Store Minute to Win It night

Minute to Win It Printable Party Pack



I had planned to make cupcakes and number them from 1-12 and have them in the shape of a clock, but I ran low on time (ironic?), so Fred and I made mini cinnamon rolls instead. I made a variety of finger foods: veggies, surprise spread, tortilla chips, salsa, spinach dip, focaccia, crackers, cheese, meat.

Minute to Win It Night food


This was the really fun part of the night!  Here are some of the games we played. All we needed was a timer and things that most people have around the house. I did buy the ping pong balls, the Oreos, the Smarties, and the panty hose, but everything else we already had. For prizes, I bought mini skateboards, parachute men, and let the kids keep a ping pong ball each. All told, the party supplies cost about $5.

Face the Cookie. Each person had a cookie placed on their forehead and had to get it into their mouth without touching it with their hands. Einstein did it successfully!

Face the Cookie Game

Stack Attack. Stacking 36 cups in a pyramid and then back down into a single stack. The Ferrari came the closest to conquering this one in one minute.

Stack Attack Game

Movin’ On Up. (I love the look on Granola Girl’s face here!) In this game, the kids had to start with the blue cup on top and stack the cups one by one until the blue cup is on top again. Use 8-12 cups depending on the age and ability of those playing.

Minute to Win In Cup Game

Junk in the Trunk. This one was hilarious! With a kleenex box strapped around the waist, the participants had to try to get out the 8 ping pong balls just by movement. It was really funny to watch! We laughed so hard that it was difficult to keep the game going!

Junk in the Trunk Minute to Win It Game

Suck It Up. In this game, the kids had to transfer Smarties from one plate to another using only a straw. They were able to eat the Smarties afterwards which no one seemed to mind.

Suck It Up Minute to Win It Game

Penny Hose. Players had to retrieve 2 pennies, one at the bottom of each leg of the panty hose. Another funny one to watch.

Penny Hose Minute to Win It Game

In this game, players had to bounce ping pong balls into six cups.  Everyone was able to do it in the minute. It’s nice to choose some games that are a bit more attainable like this one so that people don’t get frustrated and mix them in with some of the more challenging games.

Ping Pong Bounce

Keep it Up. In this game, the kids had to blow a feather across the room into a bucket. Only The Ferrari was able to do it successfully.

Keep It Up Minute to Win It Feather Game

Yank Me. This game was the hardest.  No one was able to do it in one minute. Stack an index card on the top of the cup until there are five cups and then yank the index cards out to attempt to create a single stack of five cups.

Yank Me Minute to Win It Game

It was a great night!  It was a very easy theme to plan around and it was one of the rare themes that worked well with the broad age range of kids that is represented in our family. It would be a great one to plan for family get together, family reunions, birthdays parties, or youth group nights.

You can find other hilarious game ideas at our Dollar Store Minute to Win It Night.

Dollar Store Minute to Win It partyAnother fun idea for family or group get-togethers is The Flour Game.

The Flour Game square

Minute to Win It Printable Party Pack


  1. What a wonderful evening! I love the idea. I have never even heard of that game. Hmmmm, That would be fun for New Year’s Eve. I will have to store that idea away. Thanks!!

  2. wow! what a GREAT night, my kids would love something like that! 🙂

  3. Sharla, you are just so darned inspiring! This looks easy enough for *me* to do!!! 🙂

  4. Looks like fun! Good to see Ferrari getting in on the fun as well 🙂

  5. I so need to do this. My kids love games and I love the theme. Thanks for sharing this Sharla. The pics are great. The expressions, priceless!

  6. That sounds like a great New Year’s Eve party idea! Never heard of that before, but I’ll have to look that up!

  7. Oh my! That looks like so much fun!! What a great idea for a family night:)

  8. This looked like so much fun!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I liked your page on Facebook and followed you on twitter also 🙂


  9. What a blast! We are definitely going to have to try this!

  10. I LOL’d at the photo of the Hubs doing the “Junk in the Trunk!” Classic. Please blow that up and frame it for his bday. 😀

  11. I can’t wait to try this with my children. Would be fun to do at a kid’s bday party too! Thx for sharing!

  12. You have a wonderful site. I so enjoyed looking through it. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. We have a small youth group and I will be using some of your ideas to help them. Once again…
    Thanks & Blessings
    Rochelle Kidd

  13. Gloria Bosma says:

    What great ideas! When I was sharing the ideas with Brandon he asked,”On Computer?” Yup, I think it’s time to start playing some real games.

  14. This was a great help to the family

  15. Love this! Pinned!

    This would be perfect to link to Family Fun Friday if you have time. 🙂 http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/

  16. What a fun family night!! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  17. Those games are awesome! I’m pinning this for later in the month when we have cousins visiting from out of town.

  18. This looks like a blast! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  19. What a great idea for family fun! I have some boys in my house who would love these games, especially with the Christmas holiday coming up!

  20. I love these ideas and am linking back to this from my site, http://faithalongtheway.com, for fun stay-at-home ideas for New Years Eve! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m now a new follower!

  21. This is so fun! We will use it for our New Year’s Eve tomorrow:). Are you an adoptive family? We are! (Mexico, Ethiopia, China, US-foster). Love your kiddos!

    • It was one of our best ever family nights! I hope you have as much fun as we did.

      Yes, five of our kids are adopted. Three through the foster to adopt program in Canada and two from Ethiopia.

  22. I’m so pleased I found your post: sounds exactly what we need to pop more ‘fun’ in to our evenings. Thank you!!!!!!

  23. I love this! We’re going to play these are our Thanksgiving Party. How does the scoring work?

  24. Thankyou so much this was a life saver for my brothers birthday it was really fun

  25. Cool looks like fun to do


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