Planning a party can be a daunting task, but with the help of a few fantastic apps, you can pull together an event that is delicious, beautiful, and fun.
Developed by party planner extraordinaire Liza Rivera Salta, Liza’a Simple Soirée Party Planner is ideal for the person who is the sole host of an event. With a one-page planning template that takes the stress out of entertaining, Simple Soiree eliminates notes hastily scribbled on backs of envelopes and scraps of paper and is one place to record your theme, menu, shopping lists, and to-do items. Party planners who love having their list on paper can still keep track of everything on the app then print it out on one sheet of paper with tear-off shopping lists.
EventWith is the app for the savvy host who has no intention of doing everything themselves and needs a plan that makes delegation a breeze. The process is straightforward: Simply create an event (or import one from your Facebook account), add friends to the event, then build a “make it happen” task list for willing volunteers. Tasks can be delegated by the host or chosen by the participants, and a built-in chat feature allows everyone to discuss any niggling details to make sure everything comes together.
A party just isn’t complete without some great tunes to keep things lively or chill, depending on the vibe you want to create. Spotify is an easy and intuitive app where you can create your own playlist of music specifically suited to your event. Don’t have a musical bone in your body? No worries! Google share Spotify party playlists and choose the one that suits the mood of your party best.
Want to break out of the beer or wine routine? Check out Speakeasy Cocktails, an interactive app with 200 recipes, numerous video tutorials and gorgeous photos to show you just what the drinks are supposed to look like. With a little practice you’ll soon not just be a great host, but a great mixologist to boot.
If things at your party are getting off to a slow start and you need something to liven things up, turn to Heads Up! The hilarious riff on charades is guaranteed to break the ice of even the stodgiest crowd. Just keep your smart phones handy (and charged!) and employ crazy accents, songs, and hand motions to help your friends guess the word before the timer runs out.
Photo Credits: author, Takeaway, Marianne Casamance, Le Vin Parfait, and Oxfordian Kissuth.