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There’s nothing like humiliating games and crushingly embarrassing photos to bring friends together, so why not celebrate and cement friendship at your next gathering or birthday party and play some Minute to Win It-style games at home? Getting silly is important, anyway. Numerous studies have been done on the topic of benefits of laughter and smiling—here’s “10 Reasons Why Laughing is Good for You” to get you started if you’re not quite convinced (or need to convince some others).
Minute to Win It is an NBC game show that has contestants compete in various challenges for only a minute at a time. NBC’s website has tons of game instructions and helpful instructional videos available if necessary, but here are some of the top picks that will have you and your friends in stitches at your party:
Junk In the Trunk
This one will get everyone moving and laughing hysterically. You will need a belt, an empty tissue box and 8 ping pong balls. Attach the tissue box to the belt (glue or tape, depending on how much you love the belt) so that the tissue box will rest at the small of the back. With the tissue box filled with ping pong balls, once the timer begins, the players have one minute to shake all the balls out and can only have their feet touching the floor, so no rolling around or doing handstands—that’s cheating! You also can’t touch the tissue box.
Start practicing your breathing exercises, because you’ll only have one minute to blow a bubble through a hula hoop that is fifteen feet away from the starting line. According to the official instructions, the only way to win is to blow an un-popped bubble that was created from behind the foul line through the hoop.
Paper Dragon is a terrific game for the kids at the party, even the little ones. It’s simple – using only your hands and arms, you recreate part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year by unraveling two spools of paper streamers in under a minute. These kids make it look super easy:
Hint: Don’t show any adults how easy it is for these kids until after you have the perfect picture of their fumbling attempts for the scrap book.
Get revenge on your Type A orderly friends with this organizing game. If you are the orderly Type A friend, consider this a way to challenge yourself. You now have one minute to “separate a pile of 50 multicolored chocolate covered candies into 5 separate containers in a set color order.” It may sound easy, but will you be so cool and confident when the pressure is on? Get hyped up by watching the official game “blueprint” before you set out those candy jars and get organized, and fast!
These are just a few of the wildly hilarious, challenge, and downright fun games you can try to get you started on planning your Minute to Win It party. While you’re planning, consider really setting the scene for your “contestants” (AKA, “friends”) with a personalized banner welcoming them to the game show. Don’t forget to keep score – where everyone can see it! And have lots, and lots, and lots of fun.
The next party shouldn’t be a yawner. Now is the time to try a theme party. They appeal to any age or celebration.
Theme party decorations create ambiance for mixers, corporate parties, weddings, proms, and small gatherings.
First, check your party calendar. There are many dates ahead that you can start planning for today.
College Party Themes- Ideal for Sorority & Fraternity Mixers
Birthday Party Themes
What are your theme party ideas?
The time has finally come where your valued employee who has been with your company for many years is retiring. This employee has done such a good job working for you, you feel that they deserve something special, right? Throw them a retirement party!
Have a Slide Show
A slide show gives all the guests a better understanding of how valuable the honored employee has been over the years. Give some background information on the employee, such as where he or she grew up and where he or she graduated, and then talk about how his or her family life is or what some of his or her favorite hobbies are. This would be a great time to include some photos that bring back funny memories to the employee and guests!
Know what the employee of honor’s favorite hobby is? Or what his or her favorite sport is? Theme the decorations according to what the employee’s tastes are. Perhaps he or she is a movie buff. Maybe he or she likes the great outdoors. Or maybe throw a fifties party to humorously remind the employee of his or her childhood! Find out what he or she likes, then theme your party accordingly.
Big Money, No Whammy
Who doesn’t like to gamble? Set up a casino table so that the guests can have some fun while enjoying the company of their fellow coworkers. Blackjack, poker, roulette, and slot machines are a few classic and popular casino games.
The Company Presents…
Time for a little payback! Host a roast of the honored employee. Roasts provide a humorous outlet to a retirement party while still honoring and recognizing the talents and service of the employee.
Dance the Night Away
Include a dance floor in your retirement party! For the songs that are played, a good idea would be to play the music with which the honored employee grew up. For older employees, some dance songs would include “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett or “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller. If the employee is younger, good dance songs would include “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex or “I Like to Move It” by Real 2 Real.
Send your valued employee into retirement with a fun retirement party. Create memories that will stay with him or her forever.
The ultimate Mardi Gras cocktail party requires the ultimate selection of Mardi Gras cocktails and appetizers, served in an environment totally decked out in the ultimate Mardi Gras theme. Purple, green and gold are traditional background colors for this carnival of carnivals. However, Mardi Gras cocktail recipes tempt pallets with bourbon, rum and fruit juice, while popular appetizers are made with spicy, New Orleans essence.
Festive Mardi Gras Cocktail Party Recipes
Classic Mardi Gras Hurricanes are made with 1 part rum (equal portions of dark and light), 2 parts fruit juice (orange, pineapple and passion preferred), a dash of grenadine syrup and a hint of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, squeeze fresh lime juice over the top, add the rest of the ingredients and shake thoroughly. Pour hurricane cocktail into festive Fat Tuesday tableware cocktail glasses, garnished with an orange slice and topped with a cherry to serve.
Mix equal parts Southern Comfort, pineapple juice and raspberry wine over a shaker filled with ice. Strain cocktail into a martini glass garnished with fruit and serve on personalized Mardi Gras coasters.
New Orleans Hand Grenade
Mix equal parts gin, grain alcohol, melon liquor, rum and vodka over ice. Add water and sugar to taste and stir well. Guests drinking these powerful cocktails are likely to enjoy wearing festive Mardi Gras glitter masks, and lots of Mardi Gras beads, celebrating the true spirit of Mardi Gras well into the evening.
Easy Crabmeat Spread
Combine 6 ounces of flaky crabmeat (fresh or canned) with 8 ounces of soft cream cheese and ¼ Cup salsa. Heat mixture in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until warm, but not hot. Serve with an assortment of crackers.
12 sheets frozen phyllo dough
½ cup melted butter
Cajun Pork Filling
Apricot Dipping Sauce (optional)
Lightly brush one sheet of phyllo dough with some melted butter. Place another sheet on top of first sheet and brush with butter. Cover remaining phyllo dough and set aside. Cut buttered phyllo dough into six equal, horizontal strips. Place 1 tablespoon Cajun pork filling approximately 1 inch from end of strip. Fold one corner over, diagonally, lining it up with edge of strip to create triangle. Continue folding up the strip, until phyllo dough has many layers and is a single triangle appetizer. Repeat for remaining strips. Use rest of phyllo dough to make many more appetizers. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for approximately 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with Apricot Dipping Sauce if desired.
Cajun Pork Filling
Thoroughly cook 8 ounces ground pork in a medium skillet. Add 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and cook for another minute. Stir in ½ Cup soft cream cheese, 1/3 Cup grated carrot and a few dashes hot pepper sauce to taste. Mix well.
Apricot Dipping Sauce
Combine ½ Cup apricot preserves and 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce in a 1-Cup glass measuring cup. Stir in 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced green onion and ½ teaspoon finely grated orange peel. Microwave on high for approximately 1 minute, until bubbly and warm.