Apps to Help Make Thanksgiving Planning a Little Easier

Use your smartphone or tablet to get ahead and stay organized on Thursday.

By Brenda Hill on November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is a holiday with quite a few moving parts: Juggling ambitious dishes and recipes, overnights with in-laws and creating Black Friday shopping strategies can result in a few stressful days. Here are a few apps for your mobile device that can make planning a little easier this Thanksgiving.
 
The Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach app makes preparing for the big day as easy as pumpkin pie. It has step-by-step tutorials (with pictures) on how to roast that turkey and make the perfect gravy. It even creates a shopping list of needed items and has a cooking timer. This app is perfect for beginners who are hosting their first big holiday feast. 
 
While slaving away in the kitchen, the last thing someone needs is their little one underfoot. Thanksgiving Coloring Book! gives the kids something to do that's both festive and time consuming. They will be able to do virtual finger-painting that won't leave a mess all over the dinner table. The device can be shaken (Etch-A-Sketch style) to start over and the masterpiece can be saved to a gallery or shared via email, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. 
 
Get ready to set the most spectacular Thanksgiving table with turkey and all the trimmings with the help of the Thanksgiving Dinner Maker. With this app, users can arrange the table just the way they want – maybe recreate the holiday the way they remember it when they were young. Or, arrange a hip, up-to-date version of the Thanksgiving table. This app also allows users to make the perfect plate of Thanksgiving heaven with a selection of delicious items.  
 
Some people’s favorite part of the Thanksgiving celebration is actually what happens the day after. The TGI Black Friday app helps users find more than 10,000 advertised Black Friday deals from major retailers like Best Buy, Target and Sears – in some cases before those ads appear elsewhere. Create a personal shopping list, receive notifications when new deals appear, and even share deals with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It's also set up to find online deals. 
 
These apps can make your Thanksgiving holiday even cozier and more worry-free than the comfort food-filled day already is.