Jul 31, 2010

Minute to Win it Party

Minute to Win it Party fever has officially arrived. There is always the challenge of how to make this year's party more awesome than last year. As kids get older, they want more than pass the parcel and treasure hunts. My 12 year old son is obsessed with the Minute to Win it game show shown in Australia on Channel 7, Tuesday at 7.30pm.

You can download full instructions to the games  Minute to Win it Games.

All twenty two guests really enjoyed the Minute to Win it challenges. We split group into 2 teams and kept a running score for winning challenges. Bonus points were awarded for outstanding performances. I have listed the games we played below. The key to the success of a Minute to Win it party is - keeping the party moving along. Have challenges pre-prepared and waiting for quick transitioning. This will ensure you keep atmosphere hyped and full of energy! 

Blind Ball

1) Cut 2 cardboard tubes so that each is in 2 pieces, with 1 piece twice as long as the other (2 short tubes and 2 long tubes).
2) Spread out the tubes in a playing area so that they stand vertically with a ball balanced on top of each.
3) After being blindfolded, the player is spun around 2 times then the clock begins.
4) When the clock starts, the player begins searching for a ball (without crawling).
5) If a ball touches the floor at any time, it is out of play.
6) To complete the game, player must obtain 2 balls (holding them at the same time) within the 60-second time limit.


• 4 inflatable balls (approximately 10" diameter)
• 3 cardboard tubes (from gift wrap)
• 1 blindfold

Bucket Head

1) When the clock starts, player may grab 1 ball at a time and bounce it so that it hits the floor then wall before attempting to catch it in the bucket headgear.
2) Only balls caught behind the foul line may count toward total.
3) Ball must bounce directly from wall to bucket in order to score.
4) Player can't play from a kneeling or seated position, or touch the bucket with the hands while trying to catch a ball.
5) To complete the game, player must catch and retain a total of 3 balls in the bucket atop the head within the 60-second time limit.


• "bucket headgear" made of small bucket or water jug with top cut off and materials like a sweatband to keep it affixed to the head.
• container of ping-pong balls
• wall with a foul line on the ground 5' away


1) The game begins with 15 cans to the left of the building surface and the paper plates to the right of the building surface.
2) When the clock starts, player may start stacking the first can and plate.
3) To complete the game, player must have stacked 5 levels of cans with a paper plate between each level, and 5 cans on the uppermost plate.


- 15 empty soft drink cans, tabs removed
- 4 paper plates

Chocolate Unicorn

1. When the clock starts, player may begin using 1 hand to stack snack cakes 1 at a time on the forehead.
2. If a cake or cakes fall, player may use the same hand to re stack them.
3. To complete the game, player must stack 7 snack cakes 1 atop the other on the forehead within the 60-second time limit so the freestanding structure stays that way for 3 seconds.


• 7 chocolate snack cakes

Double Trouble

1) Set glasses 2.5" apart.
2) When the clock starts, player may use both hands to position ping-pong balls into the designated throwing hand.
3) Only 2 balls may be thrown at a time.
4) Balls must bounce at least 2' away from the glasses.
5) To complete the game, player must toss 2 balls in a single throw, with a single hand within the 60 seconds so they land in the 2 glasses after a single bounce.


• container of ping-pong balls
• 2 pint glasses
• table

Elephant March

Knock over bottles with a baseball hanging from stockings worn on the head. (We wrapped the stockings around the waist as the head was too difficult)

1. Set up bottles in 2 rows, each row 8' apart, with the foul line between the rows.
2. a. Each bottle should be placed 4' apart in its respective row.
3. Place the baseball into a leg of the stocking, and wrap/tie the waist of the stocking around the waist.
4. When the clock starts, player may begin swinging baseball while keeping 1 foot on either side of the foul line.
5. Player may not use any part of body to propel the baseball.
6. To complete the game, player must knock over all 8 bottles within the 60-second time limit.


8 full plastic bottles
1 pair of panty hose
1 baseball
foul line on the ground

Face the Cookie (Biscuit)

1) When the clock starts, player may grab the first cookie and place it on the forehead.
2) The cookie must remain in contact with the face (i.e. player may not toss the cookie from the forehead and catch it in the mouth).
3) If a cookie falls, player may reset an intact cookie on the forehead for the next attempt.
4) To complete the game, the player must hold an intact cookie 3 times with his or her mouth within the 60-second time limit.


• at least 3 cookies

Johnny Apple stack

1) When the clock starts, player may begin stacking apples.
2) Player may not alter the apples in any way.
3) To complete the game, player must stack 5 apples so they are freestanding, 1 on top each other, within the 60-second time limit. They must remain freestanding for 3 seconds.


• 5 apples
• table

Junk in the Trunk - This was the nest by far!

1) Fill the tissue box with ping-pong balls, then attach tissue box to the back of belt. Put on the belt with the tissue box sitting at the small of the back.
2) When the clock starts, player may begin moving body to shake the ping-pong balls out.
3) Player's hands or arms may not touch the box or belt.
4) Player may only touch the floor with his or her feet.
5) To complete the game, player must get all 8 ping-pong balls out of the box within the 60-second time limit.


• 8 ping-pong balls
• 1 empty tissue box
• 1 belt

M&M Smiley Face Challenge

Place a bag of M&Ms into a bowl and give each player a straw. At about 3 feet apart from the table with the M&Ms, place another table with a paper plate on it. The object of this game is that the player needs to create a smiley face on the paper plate with the M&Ms.

The face includes 1 M&M for each eye, 1 M&M for the nose, and 6 M&Ms for the smile. The player must suck up an M&M with the straw, run over and place it in position on the paper plate, and continue until the entire smiley face is done.

Kids of this age will also love you filming their Minute to Win it challenges. These can be uploaded to YouTube to make the excitement of the party live on longer.
Other popular challenges we played included:
Speed Eraser
Spin Doctor and Building a Cardhouse
Have Fun!!!

Jul 30, 2010

Hawaiian Pineapple Cupcakes

I am loving these Pineapple Mango Cupcakes. All tropical like. With graham cracker crumbs for sand and fondant flowers for the leis. The recipe and instructions are all found on the world's best baking website http://www.bakerella.com/ ENJOY!!

Jul 16, 2010

Hawaiian Party

Upon arrival guests should be adorned with colourful leis and a freshly picked hibiscus flower placed perfectly behind their ear. Direct them to your party area that is decorated using bright colours, loads of colouful cushions, white beach sand, your brother's surfboard....anything that looks like a tropical holiday destination.  
Hawaiian Games

Musical Towels:  Play this game in the same manner as musical chairs, using brightly coloured beach towels in lieu of chairs. Put on the dance music, when the music stops, each player must quickly find and sit on a beach towel. Remove one towel each round. Players are eliminated if they have not been able to sit on one of the remaining towels.

Limbo: Hold the limbo stick at both ends, have each player walk under the limbo stick without touching. Make it a little more interesting by issuing limbo challenges such as - whistling happy birthday, wiggle your hula hips....

Pass the Coconut: Divide your guests into two team lines, standing one behind the other. Give each team a coconut which is tucked under the chin of the first person in line. The coconut is  passed down the line chin to chin. When the coconut gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one that gets their starting person to the front again.

Hawaiian Beach Relay: Divide guests into 2 teams. Each team is provided a two of the following items - grass skirt, Leis, beach chair, umbrella, pair of sunglasses, towel and one camera. A relay race is run where two team members must run to a relay check point  and create their beach scene by wearing items of clothing, setting up the beach chair, towel etc. Once this has been completed, they must take a tropical holiday "snap" and then unpack, run back to their team line and tag the next 2 team members. The team who completes the relay the fastest wins. 

Hula Hoop Challenge:  Put on your Hawaiian music and grass skirts. Have your very own  hula hoop competition to see who can hula the longest. Alternatively you ask your guests to form  a big circle and hold hands. Place two Hula-Hoops in the circle by having two sets of players put their hands through the Hula-Hoops and hold hands again. The object of the game is to pass the Hula-Hoop though their body and onto the next player as fast as they can with out letting go of hands while the music is playing. Whoever has the hula-hoop wrapped around their body when the music stops will be out until the last person is left. Play an up tempo song like The Twist for about 15 seconds at a time so that the game won’t go on too long.

Hawaiian Nail Painting

This is a great activity that girls will love. Instructions on how to create perfect hibiscus flower nails

Water Balloon Toss: Simply have your guests form a pack ready to catch the water balloons which have been thrown high in the air. Getting wet is half the fun.

Cupcake Design Hawaiian Bear Style:
I found these gorgeous cupcake design on one of my favourite blogs Little Monkey...the blog check their great Hawaiian Bridal Shower out! These cupcakes would be a great activity for your guests to recreate and of course .....fun to eat!

Other Hawaiian Games
Volcano science experiments
Sponge Toss Relay
Hawaiian Shell bracelet making
Thong decorating

To make a hot day cooler than ever, try a slushy drink hut. The kids went crazy for this my niece's party.

Hawaiian Birthday Cake
You just can't go past a Flip Flop cake to finish a perfect Hawaiian celebration. This Cake was made by Mellisa Lester from A Little Lovliness