Frugal Birthday: Minute To Win It Party…

My son loves Minute to Win it. It’s a game show where the contestants must complete a game within one minute. The games are silly, fun & most require simple household items – perfect party entertainment!

I reserved a City Park a little over a month before the party (FREE!) and started working on pulling this together…


Homemade Invitations, about $0.08 each – I had most items, just needed the blue paper (inspired by Paper Perfection and Angie Allen).


Elephant March

Face the Cookie

Suck it Up

NBC has a great list of the Minute to Win it Games. I watched the videos & created a list based on the ability of a 7 year old to complete the game & the cost of the supplies. Here’s what I came up with:

*These games didn’t work out with the non-stop wind

Supply list:

  • Empty Kleenex Box & Belt
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Cups
  • Baseball
  • Pantyhose (remember Walgreens Wednesday?)
  • Bottled Water
  • Spray Bottles
  • Balloons
  • Oreos
  • M&M’s
  • Straws
  • Paper

Sweet Treats…

Homemade Cupcakes – I had most of the items in my pantry, but I did have to search for those red, white & blue sprinkles and finally found them at Albertsons for $1.59. I also opted for individual ice cream cups (much easier to serve at the park), $5.97 for 3 packs.

Party Favors…

Party Favors, about $1.87 each. I found these water bottles at the Dollar Tree & added some vinyl lettering (from what I read, it will stay on as long as the bottle is hand washed). The candy is in sandwich bags, topped with a homemade label (these have a “please hand wash your water bottle” note on the back).

If you’re thinking about hosting a Minute to Win it Birthday Party – summer is the perfect time to look for Red, White & Blue supplies!

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