Planning a Holiday Gathering With Your Smartphone

Organize a holiday party with your mobile device.

By Albert Aydin on December 11, 2012

Planning a holiday event doesn’t need to be stressful when you have the right help. Your smartphone can become your personal assistant from the time you start planning until the party ends.

Sending a group text message may work to get the word out, but there’s only so much you can include in a text, and not everyone may reply. The calendar apps on Windows Phone 8 and Android smartphones take organization a step further, letting you send invites and see who has accepted or declined your invitation.

Once you know how many people will be coming, you can begin work on the menu. Writing a grocery list is important but sticky notes are too small and regular paper can be easily be lost or ripped. Shopping list apps like myShopi let you browse food by category and create a list of what you need right on your smartphone. As you pick up the items at the store, you can easily cross them off the list.

Festive tunes are also essential when hosting a get together. Apps like Slacker eliminate the need to create a playlist manually. You can create a customized station or even select premade playlists for the party. Bluetooth speakers can bring that holiday playlist to life and spread the cheer loud enough for all to hear.

After the party is over you can use your smartphone to upload pictures to a social media album before anyone even gets home. With your smartphone in hand, planning is simple, giving you more time and less stress during your holiday party.