GUEST POST: 10 Apps That Make Hosting Holidays Easier by Shari Wargo Stamps

Shari Wargo Stamps of Savvy Every Day is back with another great guest post about apps that can help you breeze through the holidays with ease. 

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Gathering for special occasions is one of the reasons the holidays feels so magical . . . that and there are presents involved so some people are far more polite that usual.  But with these big events comes the stress of putting it all together. Sometimes ensuring dinner is set and ready on time while also taking the time to decorate just right and be sure you have enough food (or people coming) can be a real bear! Fortunately, there are some very cool apps that make all this more of a breeze and less of a sandstorm. Keep reading for some #SavvyHolidayApps you’ll love.


Paperless Post

Paperless Post is basically a digital invitation with pretty virtual stationary options for those of us who are hard core in love with stationary and just couldn’t move into the world of virtual invites (before this). Choose your design, add your message or event info, then send to friends without paying postage! Some designs do cost a bit to send, but you get your RSVPs a lot sooner and they’re easier to keep track of than all the loose paper RSVP cards.
Available (Free): iTunes App

Pro Party Planner

If you’re hosting a large gathering Pro Party Planner is your go-to for keeping track of the guest list(s) and managing your seating chart.
Available ($5): iTunes

Instacart

Have you ever been in the middle of cooking a big meal only to realize that you’re missing a few ingredients? Leaving the house while trying to finish putting things together or with something already in the oven that needs your attention may not be possible, but using Instacart could be your solution. Simply shop the stores (like Whole Foods and Costco) in the app and someone who is already shopping at the store will pick up your groceries too then drop them off!
Available (Free): Google Play, iTunes Apps

Thanksgiving: A Bon App├ętit Manual

This app is specific to Thanksgiving, but includes some really great recipes, how-to tips and videos that you may want to use at a lot of special dinners.
Available (Free): Google Play, iTunes

Food52

From Start to finish, Food52 is your go-to party assistant. It shows you how to plan, shop and cook for your special occasion based on course and food type.
Available ($4) iTunes Apps

Cook4Lyfe

Figuring out what to make as a last-minute appetizer is a lot easier with the Cook4Lyfe app — it tels you some recipe options based on what’s already in your fridge and pantry!
Available ($2): iTunes

Green Kitchen

This app is handy to have loaded on your phone in case you have some vegetarian guests coming to your home, or if you want to make a healthy vegetarian meal once in a while. It’s filled with vegetarian recipes, stunning pictures and easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Available ($5): iTunes

Paprika

See a party recipe online that you really want to use? Paprika lets you grab recipes from online, pin recipes, create shopping lists and meal planners, and save your recipes across devices.
Available ($3): Google Play, iTunes

Substitutions

Whether a guest has a certain food allergy or you just realized you’re out of milk in the middle of a recipe, the Substitutions app is here to save the day. This app lets you search health-related substitutes and ingredient-specific substitutes.
Available ($2): iTunes

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

Looking for some fun new recipes based on dish? The Epicurious app is overflowing with recipes based on food type and if it’s in season, and it even lets you save recipes and create a shopping list based on your recipes to make meal planning for parties easier.
Available (Free): Google Play, iTunes


Shari Wargo Stamps publishes Savvy Every Day, a family lifestyle website, and works as a freelance writer, editor, coordinator, and photographer. Get social with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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