If you’re hosting a party, you’ll want to get things just right. From remembering to invite everyone, and picking the meals to prepare, to choosing the perfect wine, and building a great playlist. For each of these stages and more, there are a number apps designed to help everything go smoothly.
You probably won’t need to download all of these, but a few will be sure to come in handy to ensure the planning, prepping, and hosting of your party is completely stress-free.
Plan the Perfect Party
1. Birthday Party & Event Planner Lite (Free)
The list of things you need to do to host an amazing party is probably longer than you think. That’s where this app comes in handy. Whether its helping you maintain your guest list, calculating the quantities of drinks you’ll need, keeping a list of outstanding tasks, or expense tracking, this is the app to download. It’s basically a personal assistant for party planners.
Choose the Perfect Wine
2. Delectable Wines (Free)
Created to help you select the right wine for every occasion, Delectable Wines will ensure your Merlot matches your canapés, and your Pinot Noir matches your chocolate gateau.
Use the app to snap a picture of the wine label as you’re scanning your local wine selection. You’ll then be shown detailed ratings and descriptions to help you choose the best wine possible.
Mix the Best Cocktails
3. Cocktail Flow (Free)
An insanely popular cocktail recipe app, Cocktail Flow will help keep everyone’s glass topped up with a drink they’re sure to love.
With well over 600 recipes divided into a range of categories, you’ll soon find your tipple of choice. An especially cool feature is MyBar, which will recommend drinks to you based on the drinks in your cabinet.
Buy the Best Beer
4. Untappd (Free)
No party is complete without a healthy supply of beer in the fridge. But with so many available these days, picking some decent beers can be tough. Untappd allows you to not just track and rate the beers you drink. It also allows you to scan the barcode on a beer label. You’ll then be shown ratings and detailed reviews of the beer to help you pick a selection your guests will (hopefully) love.
Create a Stunning Menu
5. Food.com (Free)
If you’re struggling to create a mouth-watering menu for your party, download Food.com. A quick search and browse of some of the 500,000 recipes on the app will leave you desperate to get cooking.
The ratings on each recipe show you how delicious other users have found the meal to be. And if you have a free Food Network account, you can save recipes to access either on other devices, or on the website. Shopping lists are also created automatically based on the meals you pick. And you can even search for meals based on a wide range of dietary requirements.
Order Things Last Minute
6. Amazon Prime Now (Free)
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you might find the Amazon Prime Now app to be a life-saver. First of all, download the app to make sure delivery is available in your zip code. If it is, anything for sale on the app can be delivered to your door within two hours.
Forgot to buy an important ingredient for your meal? There’s a range of groceries on offer. Ran out of beers? Chilled drinks can be delivered to your door. Burned your food? You can even order meal deliveries from nearby restaurants!
Download Some Party Games
7. Heads Up! ($0.99)
You know that game where you have to guess the word that’s written on the piece of paper stuck to your forehead? Well, that’s now a much-loved mobile app. Cosmopolitan reckon downloading Heads Up! “will be the best dollar you’ve spent”.
As the timer on the app runs down, you have to make sense of the hilarious hints your friends are acting, singing, and shouting at you. If you run out of ideas to add to the app yourself, there are 40 decks you can use for a never-ending supply of silliness.
8. Reverse Charades (Free)
We all know charades, where one person acts out words for everyone else to guess. Well, Reverse Charades turns that idea on its head. Now, everyone at the party gets to act out those words, while only one person at a time does the guessing.
One round can either be 30, 60, or 90 seconds, with the aim being to correctly guess as many words as possible before the timer runs out.
9. Party Doodles (Free, iPad)
Party Doodles is basically Pictionary for the iPad. As you sketch on the screen, other party-goers have to guess what it is that you’re (attempting) to draw. This can be played just on the iPad, but works best if it’s also hooked up to Apple TV. This ensures everyone has a better view of the screen.
If none of these party games take your fancy, there are a few more to choose from.
Keep the Conversation Flowing
10. Conversation Starters (Free)
If you’re worried about the conversation at your party running dry, or never moving beyond small-talk, download Conversation Starters. When you open the app, just click the “New Chatom” button, and a conversation starter will pop up on screen.
Depending on the kind of guests you have, you might want to limit the categories that you receive conversation starters from. For instance, if it’s a light-hearted night, you may want to disable the “philosophy” category. And if your gran is sat at the table, you should probably make sure the “naughty” category is turned off!
Play the Ultimate Playlist
Music is a standard ingredient for a great party. For many, YouTube (iOS) is the go-to place, but oftentimes, music videos can take guest’s attention away from the actual party. That’s why it’s better to use a dedicated music streaming service, like Spotify (iOS), Apple Music (iOS), or Google Play (iOS). The music libraries on each of these services is impressive, though there are some notable differences.
If you’re already a user of any of these apps, just create a party playlist, or choose from one of the user-created ones that you can search for. If you’re not, you have to decide whether Spotify and Google’s ad-supported free versions are good enough for your party, or whether you want to pay for the ad-free versions. Alternatively, you could just subscribe to a three-month free trial of Apple Music.
Let the Fun Begin!
There’s an app to help with pretty much any aspect of hosting a party. So whichever part is causing you the most stress — whether that’s choosing the right wine, or providing some fun entertainment — one of these apps is bound to help.
Are there any other mobile apps that have helped you organize parties in the past?
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