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Hosting a party can be stressful, whether you’re planning a kid’s birthday party or a wedding. From inviting guests, keeping track of who’s coming, figuring out themes and menus and making shopping lists, to keeping your guests entertained during the event, serving them drinks and food and sending out thank you notes afterward, there is a lot to keep track of. Fortunately, modern technology has you covered.
If you’re planning a dinner party or a big holiday meal, Pepperplate is an app that syncs across all devices and allows you to add recipes from the Web or on your own, change them and combine them into a whole meal. When it comes time to cook, the app will automatically organize and set timers so that you have plenty of time to prep and won’t be scrambling at the last minute or watching dishes go cold before the meal’s ready to serve.
4 Cocktail Flow
If you’re planning on serving drinks at your party, the Cocktail Flow app is a great tool. Not only does it have tons of cocktail recipes with instructions, but it will tell you what cocktails you can make based on what you have on hand, gives you recommendations on what to add to your shopping list to make the most of your liquor cabinet and includes optional add-ons for themed cocktails perfect for holiday parties or big events like the Superbowl.
3 Party Games!
Party games are a great way to break the ice at smaller parties and get people to interact with one another. Plus, who doesn’t love playing games? Party Games! has rules, timers, scorecards and prompts for six classic party games: Catch Phrase, Charades, Speed Charades, Pictionary, Pictionary Duel and Speed Pictionary. You can also add your own words and phrases for themed parties. A great central app if you’re not sure which of these games your guests will be in the mood for.
2 Simple Soiree
Featured on CNN and NBC, Simple Soiree is easy to work with and extremely versatile. It was designed by professional event planner Liza Rivera Salta and allows you to send invitations, automatically records RSVPs and helps you develop party themes and decor, plan menus and create and manage to-do lists. There’s also an option to export information to email or print it with Simple Soiree’s custom stationery.
1 Pro Party Planner
This app is perfect for when you’re planning a huge event like a fundraiser, wedding or conference that will involve lots of guests and help from vendors and friends or family. You can assign tasks and meals to specific people, collaborate with co-planners, set up a minute-by-minute timeline with reminders and alerts to stay on track, create a budget that will sync with your shopping lists, design floor plans and seating charts and bookmark inspiration photos or articles. You can also create and manage the guest list and invitations.