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  • 5 Minute to Win it Office Party Ideas

    Like all parents of Elementary School kids over the last couple of years, I have spent endless hours watching my kids flipping bottles, 1/2 full of a range of sticky liquids, and trying to land them upright on their bases. I admit that I have tried it a few times myself and I do understand the appeal – it is a fun challenge and an adrenaline rush when it works on the first try.

    This bottle flipping brings back memories of playing Flip Cup and Quarters in college, kicking a soccer ball in the air and trying to catch it behind my neck as a kid, and racing to diaper a doll at baby showers. All of these activities were not only fun personal challenges but great for instant team bonding making them perfect Minute to Win It games for any event.

    Minute to Win It

    If you have never heard of Minute to Win It, YouTube is full of videos of people playing competing in minute-long games and trying to beat the competition. The concept originally comes from an International Game Show Franchise where contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges involving objects commonly found around the house. As they completed each challenge, they moved on to more and more difficult activities with the aim of winning $1M.

    With much smaller stakes, this concept has been replicated at children’s birthday parties, office parties, and on different reality TV programs. The challenges are easy and inexpensive to implement and fun for both participants and viewers.

    Our Favorite 60-Second Challenges

    If you have watched the show or the videos and are thinking about holding your own Minute to Win It party, check out our Top 5 Minute to Win It Challenges:

    1: Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

    If you love the board game Hungry Hungry Hippos, the life size version is 10 times as fun and sure to get a crowd cheering and laughing for hours.

    Object of the Game:

    To grab (gobble up) the most balls in the allotted time (in this case, 60 seconds).

    What You’ll Need:

    • Tape for the start line as well as a big X in the middle of the room
    • Skate boards, scooters, furniture dolly or something with wheels to roll on
    • Laundry Basket, or large plastic bucket
    • Plastic Balls or balloons
    • Stop watch or timer to keep track each round. (Optional)
    • Chalk board to keep score. (Optional)
    • Whistle or horn to blow to end each round. (Optional)
    • Prizes for winning team (Optional)

    Setting Up:  

    1. Put a line of tape down in each corner of the room – if the room is not square, you just need 4 lines with good spacing between them. These will be the start lines.
    2. Make a large X in the middle of the room, this is where you go to gather the balls.
    3. Pile the balls on the X

    How to Play:

    1. Split into 4 teams.
    2. Have each team line up behind one of the start lines.
    3. Start with one member of each team laying on their stomach on top of the board, and another member of the team holding their legs.
    4. Blow the horn or whistle and set the timer for 60 seconds.
    5. The person laying on the board holds the basket and the other player pushes them into the middle of the room so they can collect balls under the basket. Then, they pull them back to their corner of the room to drop off the balls and switch players.
    6. Switch players so that a new player is lying on the scooter and a new player is pushing them and repeat until all the balls are gone or the timer has gone off.
    7. The team that has collected the most balls wins!

    2: Golf Beer Pong

    A twist on the original where players throw ping pong balls across a table and into their opponents triangle of cups full of beer, this version involves chipping the balls into the opponents’ cups with golf clubs.

    What You’ll Need:

    • A golf beer pong set – easily rentable from Reventals!
    • Beer
    • Stop watch or timer to keep track each round. (Optional)
    • Chalk board to keep score. (Optional)
    • Whistle or horn to blow to end each round. (Optional)
    • Prizes for winning team (Optional)

    How To Play: 

    1. Fill cups with beer (or drink of your choice – you can easily use water, juice, or soda for kids’ parties)
    2. Divide players into 2 teams.
    3. Set the timer for 60 seconds.
    4. One player from each team chips the ball at the opponents cups. If they chip it into a cup, the cup is removed and the other team drinks that cup of beer.
    5. Switch players and repeat.
    6. The first team to chip golf balls into all 6 of their opponent’s cups wins. If at the end of the round neither team has chipped into all 6 cups, the team who has had the most cups removed from their opponents board wins.
    7. Repeat as long as you wish!

    NOTE: If you are a traditionalist, why not play plain old beer pong? This giant beer pong set could not be more fun and will entertain guests for hours!

    3: 4th and Goal Football Competition

    Everyone loves Football, especially in Texas. With this inflatable football game, players can compete to see which team can throw that winning pass.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 4th & Goal Inflatable Game – easily rentable through Loanables
    • Stop watch or timer to keep track each round. (Optional)
    • Chalk board to keep score. (Optional)
    • Whistle or horn to blow to end each round. (Optional)
    • Prizes for winning team (Optional)

    How To Play:

    1. Divide into 2 teams
    2. Set the timer for 60 seconds
    3. The first player on each team steps up, picks up a football, and throws a pass – trying to complete it by throwing the football into a hole. After the player has thrown, he/she goes to the back of his/her team’s line. Any incomplete passes remain on the top level of the game and the completed passes are returned down below.
    4. The next player steps up and takes a turn.
    5. The first team to complete 3 passes wins. If the 60 seconds is up before either team has completed 3 passes, the team with the most completed passes wins.

    4: Rapid Fire

    If you are looking for something that is fun, fast paced, and very easy and inexpensive to set up, look no further. Rapid Fire puts to good use those rubber band shooting skills you may have perfected in grade school.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 6 Empty Soda Cans (per player or team)
    • Several Rubber Bands
    • Table
    • Stop watch or timer to keep track each round. (Optional)
    • Chalk board to keep score. (Optional)
    • Whistle or horn to blow to end each round. (Optional)
    • Prizes for winning team (Optional)

    How To Play:

    1. Set up at least 2 pyramids made with 6 soda cans each (3 on the bottom, 2 in the middle, and 1 at the top).
    2. The cans are placed on a stool or table approximately 6-8 feet from the player.
    3. Divide into 2 or more teams.
    4. Start the timer and blow the horn or whistle.
    5. The first player on each team aims a rubber band at the pyramid and shoots the rubber band trying to knock over the pyramid.
    6. The next player goes, and so on.
    7. The first team to knock over the pyramid wins. If a team knocks their pyramid over early, they can run over, reset it, and continue the game. If no team knocks over their pyramid, the team who has knocked over the most individual cans wins. If no team has knocked over any cans, the game is replayed.

    5: Face the Cookie

    Perhaps the most well known Minute to Win It game, this classic is so much fun. Plus, you need almost nothing but…cookies!

    What You’ll Need:

    • Cookies – Oreos work great!
    • Stop watch or timer to keep track each round. (Optional)
    • Chalk board to keep score. (Optional)
    • Whistle or horn to blow to end each round. (Optional)
    • Prizes for winning team (Optional)

    How To Play: 

    1. Divide Into two teams.
    2. Have each team choose one or two players.
    3. Place a cookie on the forehead of each of the players in the first round.
    4. Start the timer and blow the horn or whistle.
    5. Players have 60 seconds to move the cookie into their mouth and eat it using only facial muscles (or throwing the cookie up in the air and catching it in their mouth.
    6. The first person to finish the cookie wins that round for his/her team.
    7. Repeat!

    So there you have it. 5 great ways to entertain guests who want to play and guests who want to watch at your next office party. Whether you go for the very elaborate or the very simple, Minute to Win It challenges will create memories that last long after the party is through.

    Sara Feulner

    A lifelong entrepreneur and start up junkie, Sara loves technology, culture, ideas, and people! Prior to her current quest to raise 4 young children to be creative risk takers, Sara studied at Harvard Business School and lived and worked both in Austin and Internationally building great teams and great Companies.

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