05 Dec Use Your Smartphone To Host a Stress Free Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, which means many of us will be busy preparing for the festive season.
While Christmas celebrations should be about enjoying time spent with your loved ones, hosting family and friends can quickly become incredibly stressful.
To avoid a recipe of stress, disaster and havoc, all you need is your smartphone (or tablet) and four apps we’ve put together to host a stress free Christmas.
Planning the Party
Hosting Christmas events should not be taken lightly. You need to organise the guest list, the RSVP list, the to-do list, the shopping list, and create a budget/expense plan.
Wouldn’t it be handy if you could keep all that party planning info in one spot?
Event Planner (Party Planner) for Android and Party & Event Planner Lite for iOS, can help you organise and track your party preparations all in the one place.
Both apps offer:
- Guest list management
- To-Do list to keep track of what needs to be done
- Shopping list
- Budget planner
Event Planner (Party Planner) app on Android is available from the Google Play store for Free.
Party & Event Planner Lite app on iOS is available from the iTunes store for Free.
Inviting the Guests
You’ve created the guest list, now you just need to invite them.
You could go buy invitations to send out, or you could use your smartphone to quickly create your own personalised invitations.
Evite for Android and Paperless Post for iOS are great apps to help you create invitations tailored to your event and guests.
Both apps allow you to create custom designs for your invitations, which you can then send to your guests. You can also track responses to your event via the app, making it easy to keep track of who is and isn’t coming.
Evite app on Android is available from the Google Play store for Free.
Paperless Post app on iOS is available from the iTunes store for Free.
Cooking for the Occasion
The second best part about Christmas (the presents, of course, being the best part) is enjoying a mammoth amount of delicious foods. However, cooking up a storm isn’t everyone’s forte.
Simply put, all you need is an easy and accessible cookbook filled with holiday recipes.
This is where Cookpad Recipes for Android and Holidays Recipes & Party Planning Guide for iOS are handy. Both recipe books provide you with step by step recipes, complete with pictures for the festive season.
Both apps will include recipes to cater to dietary requirements such as diabetic, vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten free.
Cookpad Recipes for Android is available from the Google Play store for Free and offers in app purchases.
Holidays Recipes & Party Planning Guide app for iOS is available from the iTunes store for $4.99.
Matching the Wine
This is when AG Wine Guide for iOS comes in hand. The app will help you select a wine based on your choice of grape, region, style or food.
You’ll find many local Australian and New Zealand wines to choose from along with imported wines from Europe, North America and South America, making it easy to offer your guests just the right drink to accompany their meal.
AG Wine Guide for iOS is available from the iTunes store for $3.79.
Unfortunately, the app is not available on Android.