Want some help hosting your next rocking party? Hosting a party takes a lot of effort whether you are planning a birthday party for great aunt Mildred, hosting a baby shower for your sister, or just throwing a fun shindig for all your friends. Being sure everything is ready is half the battle and the other half is being sure that party you throw is a success. It may not be common nature to reach for apps to help with making sure everything goes well, but it should be. There are a ton of applications out there that can make the planning of your party more streamlined and less stressful. Other apps can ensure that you have everything set up and ready to go so you can enjoy the party, as well. Check out our list of the best apps to use when hosting a party.
The first thing that you’ll need to do when planning your next party is being sure everyone is invited. Fete makes that easy with digital invites for everyone on your invite list. When some people prefer Facebook and others don’t check their email often, it can be frustrating to be sure invites are seen and responded to in time. Fete takes the planning to text messages, where everyone is, and it adds additional options that you won’t find elsewhere. You can collaborate on location and date, update times or information, and so much more. You don’t need your friends to download an app; it sends them texts. Meanwhile, you get a great dashboard where you can see who has signed up and what is expected long before the date arrives.
Punchbowl is a great app that makes planning a party a cinch. It not only has digital invites but also allows you to host potlucks with ease. You can put information on how many appetizers, entrees, and desserts are needed. Guests can choose from them, so you know what’s coming to the party. No more worry about duplicate dishes or entrees that won’t complement each other. Punchbowl takes the guesswork out of hosting your next soiree.
If you’re hosting a dinner party, and not a potuck, Pepperplate is a tool that will help you with getting through dinner. This app will help you plan a fantastic menu that everyone will love. It also gives you recipes for each course and a list of ingredients so you can pick them up quickly. You can choose your favorite recipes and then pick how many you’ll be feeing. This app will do everything except cook dinner for you and is a big help for the big night of the party.
Every party needs some tunes. Party Mixer makes keeping the music spinning easy. No more babysitting your iTunes playlist or running into ads using Spotify. This app is fantastic for DJing a party without having to do the work. You can play songs simultaneously to make your mixes, cross-fade songs together, make a playlist, and more. You can even use the AutoDJ mode and avoid any hassle. You’ll be watching your guests dance and enjoy the music within moments, and you’ll have time to take care of the rest while this app does its thing.
No matter what kind of party you’re planning, chances are you’ll want some fun drinks to liven the night up. Mixologist is a great app that takes care of that for you. With almost 8000 recipes, you’re sure to find something that fits the theme of your party. There are tons of alcoholic drinks to choose from, and you can filter by name, choice of alcohol, and much more. If you’re hosting a party with a younger crowd, that’s okay as well. Mixologist comes with a great list of non-alcoholic drinks as well. If that isn’t enough, you can also use a slot machine interface to have the app choose a drink. Mixologist will also tell you where to go to get that last bottle of liquor the night of the party.
If you are hosting a dinner party, you may be more interested in a great wine list than a cocktail list. That’s where Hello Vino comes in. It does the digging for you, without having to spend extra time with a wine sommelier to do it. Just enter the food you’ll be serving, and Hello Vino will help you out. You will get great wines recommended that will complement your dinner. You can also do cool things like scanning wine bottles to get more information about a particular bottle of wine. Your guests will be impressed by your choices, and you’ll be able to worry about dinner more, with Hello Vino handling the heavy work.
Need to send out some thank you cards after the party is long over? Punkpost makes that simple and even a little bit fun. This isn’t some app that sends out digital thank you cards. It’s an app that lets you send out handwritten notes in a flash. And using it is so simple anyone can do it. You only open up the app, choose a fun card, type in what you want your messages to be, then let Punkpost to the rest. Your message will be written on a paper card and sent out to your friends. This lets you have a personal touch without having to pick up a pen, find the perfect card, and go to the post office.
With invites sent out, drinks and food prepared, music going in the background, and even thank you cards taken care of – you should be able to focus on what matters the most – your guests and having a rip roaring fun time. Download the best apps to use when hosting a party and make your life easier. You’ll save time, stress, and even money. By the time everyone gets home you’ll be celebrating a party that was a huge success. You can pat yourself on the back knowing that technology made it possible to plan without the headache that parties can lead to. Good luck and have fun!