Take the Stress Out of Entertaining This Holiday Season

Apps to help ease and streamline festivity planning.

By on December 10, 2013

The holidays are full of opportunities to host and entertain friends and family, though planning and executing a get-together can be a lot of work. Whether it’s a large party or a drop-in visitor from out of town, there are several apps available to help make you ready for anything this holiday season throws your way.

If you have a last-minute guest to impress with some holiday cooking flair, Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meal app will give you everything you need, except for the groceries, of course. This app takes the guesswork out of cooking by providing step-by-step picture instructions of more than 60 recipes. You can even switch the serving size, and the ingredients list will automatically adjust to the portion you desire.

Holiday music can be heard on repeat during the holidays, so finding songs off the beaten path is difficult. This year, don’t waste your time shuffling through your old Christmas albums trying to find the perfect one for your guests. With Christmas RADIO you get dozens of different radio stations to choose from, like Jazz Christmas Radio or Kristmas Kountry.

Sweet treats, particularly cookies, are a staple of the holiday season, and a good host always has delicious baked goods to satisfy a guest’s sweet tooth. Now you can get tips and recipes from a cookie expert with the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app. The app offers kitchen timers, instructional videos, baking tips, and packaging ideas to help you craft and gift the perfect cookie. 

Set the mood for your holiday party with the right decorations. The Christmas Decorations app gives ideas and suggestions for turning your home into a winter wonderland. Find everything from outdoor decorations made with natural materials to homemade ornaments ideas for your Christmas tree.

With holiday parties, impromptu celebrations and guest arrivals this holiday season, make sure you’re prepared at a moment’s notice with these apps.