Sunday, February 6, 2011

Minute to Win It Party!

Kara had an awesome 10th birthday.  Thank you all for your bday wishes. She loved reading them. Kara had a vision for this party and together we made it happen.  She loves the show "Minute to Win It."  So, we knew that would be the theme and that games from the show would be fun to play.  She also wanted to create a candy buffet (remember we watch way too many wedding shows on TLC!).  She was very proud of the finished product.
 We simply used containers we had around the house - apothecary jars, trifle bowl, glass cake stand, mason jars and a box filled with floral foam for the large lollipops. We poked a small hole in the top of the box and stuck the pops through. Kara surrounded the sticks with sour gummy worms.  Layering the glass pieces gave us different heights on the table.  We had clear goodie bags for the girls to fill up and take home.
Kara and her BFF Sydney made these loot bags for the girls to put their candy bags, prizes and little gifts inside to take home. We bought the plain bags at Michael's and these creative girls punched a white textured cardstock scallop and broke out some old scrapbook stickers I had to personalize them.

The girls also made the blue sugar rimmed glasses to serve our sherbet punch.  We dipped the plastic glasses in light corn syrup then in blue sugar (use plain sugar with food coloring if you can't find in baking section). Then let them dry on parchment paper for about an hour. If you don't, they will run.
Since we knew the kids would load up at the candy buffet, we decided on cupcakes instead of cake and ice cream.  She picked very bright colors for the party. Cupcakes were neon green with blue glass glitter sprinkles.
Here she is still setting up the table for her guests.  I'm not sure I have ever seen her so excited for a party. I think this one was special because she planned the details, right down to the colors.  She also picked the games. Here's what we played! Junk in Your Trunk - Get shoe box, glue lid on, attach a belt (I cut two holes and wove through), cut 4x4 inch square and drop 3 ping pong balls inside. Contestant wears the belted box around their waist and shakes their booty to try and get all three balls out before time is up.
We played Noodling Around - Contestant uses uncooked spaghetti to pick up three pieces of uncooked ziti.
We played Tic Tac Toe with ping pong balls and glasses. Contestant must get three in a row by bouncing the balls into glasses.
We played Hook It with a handmade fishing pole and Mom's skeleton keys!  This is harder than it looks!
And finally, my favorite game (full of belly laughs) the Eat the Oreo game. Kids put the Oreo on their forehead to start and have to move it down their face to their mouths with NO hands! These were hilarious photos. I wish I could show you all the girls!
We had so much fun.  If you are thinking of doing a Minute to Win It Party, you can get a great invitation to customize in your photo software here.  Just email Paper Perfection and she will send you a plain jpg file that you can upload to Picnik and add your words.  Here's a sample:
I've also made a spreadsheet with the logo that has spots for contestants names and party names. We used it to track our times for each contestant. Let me know if you'd like a copy!  I carried around a clipboard and stopwatch.  So much fun! I hope you enjoyed it.  Kara would love to hear your comments so don't be shy. If you have any questions, email me. I would be so happy to help you plan your party!  Have a blessed Sunday my friends!Linking this post to -
The Girl Creative


  1. love the bright colors. happy 10th! enjoy them they go by fast. mine is getting ready to start college in the fall and i am still in shock as to where the time went.

  2. Sorry I missed her Birthday, Happy Belated looks like she had such fun and all the treats how cool is that. Happy Sunday


  3. Looks like so much fun! I love the bright colors and your basset =)

    ~The Mama Monster

  4. Those girls will always remember that fun party! So fun that you and Kara could do this both did a wonderful job!!

  5. What a fantastic and fun looking party! I can see why Kara was so excited for it and she'd definitely got your creative skills :)

  6. what an awesome party! I would have LOVED to attend...even at MY age! Your daughter has inherited your creative talents! she did a wonderful job at party planning! Thank you for sharing her special day with us! happy b'day kara!! :)

  7. Looks like you had allot of fun Kara! I love all of the bright colors, Vicki your new camera really takes wonderful pics!!! Glad you girls had a great time!!! :) xo

  8. What an awesome Mom you are... I would be so excited to have a party like that - at any age. Thanks for sharing the dets. Happy Birthday, KARA.

  9. That party looks amazing! Everything looked great, and the girls did a terrific job with all the details. I may have to look into it for my soon-to-be 7 year old's birthday. Love the dog's face too!

  10. I love that show! It looks like she had such a fun birthday! Great job will all of the decor and details. Love it. Hey I wrote you an email but not sure if you got it I had some glitches in my blog and had to make a new one would you come follow me at my new one please.

    Thanks girl!


  11. Vicki, this is absolutely a wonderful bright fun filled party. Love the Minute To Win It theme.
    Passing this on to DIL.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

    GIVEAWAY ends Fri.

  12. FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!~ We did a few of those games at my 13 year olds Halloween much fun. Thanks for sharing, so colorful too.XO

  13. The best parties are the ones, we allow our kids to partake in. When they help organize, decorate, the magic starts! It looks like a fabulous event~ Happy Birthday Kara~

  14. Kara is an excellent party planner! I generally do not like games but those sound fun! Love the fun cupcake color too♥

  15. Wow...she is quite the party planner! I love all the colors she picked...very energetic!!

    Sounds like it was a party all her friends will talk about for a while!

  16. What an amazing party!!!! I'm so impressed with her!!! Tell her the party decor was great!!!!

  17. What a fabulously fun party. Even the pup had a Oreo.

  18. Oh Happy Birthday to your daughter! She is so beautiful. I am sorry I am a bit late! It looked like she had a wonderful time and what a great game to play, I love that show!! I love the Oreo one and your dog looks like he was enjoying himself, that is too cute!! Thank you for sharing these great ideas Vicki, my daughters bday is coming up and I will have to show her this!

  19. What an AWESOME party idea, Vicki!!! I just love it! I'm definitely going to remember this one for New Year's Eve, birthdays, fun!!!! I'll bet that's a party that all those little girls will always remember! :)

    xoxo laurie

  20. Oh, what fun! You are so lucky to have such a sweet little daughter : )

  21. Wow, it's all soooo adorable!!! I hope her birthday was awesome!!!

  22. That looks like the most fun party ideas ever!!!
    Love some of the games and would be fun to play with grandkids even for no occasion.
    (I also think having a group of women play some of those games would be fun.) Anyone want to "shake their booty'?blessings

    barbara jean

  23. You prepared such a beautiful Birthday party,So many coulors and spring!I wish You little princess to alvays be happy and beautiful as You are today!Have a sweet Day!

  24. OMG...what a fun party! Your sweet little Kara is an excellent party planner. Is she for hire? Happy Birthday Kara!

    Enjoy your day,

  25. I spy M&Ms. Little bit hooked on them at the moment.

    Oh the party looks so much fun. I don't see why I shouldn't plan an adult party with all this in it. xx

  26. Kara, You did such a great job planning your party! I LOVE the candy bar and all the bright colors. Super cute headband too! :)

  27. What a fun idea! It looks like the girls had a wonderful time! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  28. That party looks like it was a blast! I love the colors and all the yummy goodies...I see you have a little party planner on your hands!


  29. Happy Birthday to Kara... looks like everyone had a wonderful time, and what fun party ideals!!! I left a comment the other day, don't know why it didn't go thru... anyway I came back today to let you know that I have something for you on my blog, and would love for you to come by and pick it up when you get a chance!
    hugs~~ Daphne

  30. Oh Vicki! They Look like they had a Wonderful Time! Your a Good Mom!
    Thank you for your Sweet Comments !
    Happy Tuesday!

  31. Oh my gosh, Vicki! What a kick in the pants!All these games look like fun! Thanks for letting us come along! And Happy Birthday to Kara!
    Have a great week!

  32. WOW...what a fabulous looking party! I love, love, love all the colorful details. You and your daughter did a fantastic job putting it all together. And your dog's expression is so, so adorable.

  33. Your party looked like so much fun! Your daughter did an AMAZING job decorating and setting the mood! Thanks for posting a link to my Minute to Win It invitation! I posted a link back to your blog in mine as well.

  34. I Love your party ideas! Funny that I found this because I also live in Oviedo. I am doing this for my sons 16th so I am trying to make it for a little older if you have any great ideas for that age. I tried to get the invite emailed to me, but the email address of was rejected. If you can email me the file for the free invite or even her correct email address, I would love it.

    Thanks Rachael

  35. oh my address is

  36. I would love a copy of your spreadsheet. I am planning my son's 13th b-day party. It looks like you and your daughter had a great time!


  37. Your party looked like it was amazing! I would love a copy of your spreadsheet as we are having a party for a bunch of 11 year-old boys next week. Thanks!

  38. WONDERFUL party! Everything looked just beautiful!

    I have posted a couple of times for the sweet lady to send me the jpeg file but have not heard back from her and I need to mail the invites yesterday! Do you mind sharing the file? E-mail is

    I am looking forward to this party for my 10 year old daughter as well :)

    Thank you so much!

  39. My son's 13 th is coming up - would love your spreadsheet. any tips for teen guy decor? thanks. zzshop @aol dot com

  40. I would love a copy of your spreadsheet. My daughter's 13th birthday party is this weekend.

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