There's a lot more to hosting a party than buying a few six-packs and throwing out a couple of bowls of dry roasted peanuts.
I mean, being the guest is easy. All you have to worry about is rocking up fashionably late, bringing along a cheap bottle of plonk (knowing full well you'll abandon it and hit the expensive drinks cabinet as soon as you arrive), and eating your body weight in finger food.
But when you're playing host or hostess with the mostess, the pressure is all on you to invite all the right people, put on a great spread, mix up the most delicious drinks, and hit the right note with the perfect party playlist.
Yep, you've got all the painstaking planning beforehand, the stress of taking care of guests during, and the ungodly clean-up operation to tackle when it's all over. Still, at least there's plenty of cheap wine left over...
We've devised a list of the 12 most useful Android apps to help your party go off without a hitch. So you can just stop your fretting, pour yourself a drink to get into the festive spirit, and wait for all the "great party, mate" messages to roll on in.
Shall you throw your shindig on a Friday or Saturday? What time suits everyone? What sort of thing do people fancy to eat? Nailing down these final details with your group of friends can get tricky via email and WhatsApp. Doodle is a simple and effective polling app that'll help you get the general consensus in a jiffy - we use it at Appszoom all the time.
If you're aiming to impress, then Yummly is the go-to place for great recipes and ideas for catering your party. Filter by your guest's dietary requirements, taste preferences, and even by what ingredients you have lying around. Even better, the app will offer you contextual suggestions based on the time of day, weather, season, location etc... so you'll be sure to hit the mood just right.
Vivino will help you keep the wine flowing with fabulously fruity offerings, user ratings, where to buy great bottles, and even information about the vineyards. You'll know exactly what to pair with your canapés, impressing even the biggest wine snobs among your group of pals.
Mixology (the free app) and Mixologist (the paid version) will make you the Tom Cruise of all party hosts, with a colossal database of over 8,000 cocktail recipes to impress your pals with something they've never tried before. Randomly search to discover fruity new flavors, or search by category, ingredient, or the alcohol you want to use up from the cabinet.
With irresistibly intuitive navigation and clean high-quality streaming, you'd be hard pushed to find a smoother soundtrack to your party than on 8tracks. You can keep your fancy algorithms and zero-input UI music players: this bad boy's all about human curated playlists for every taste, mood, and conceivable turn of events at your shindig.
Tonight's the night... and disaster has struck. You've blown your speakers listening to Chaka Khan while doing the pre-party vacuuming. AmpMe's got your back. Just have each of your guests download the app when they arrive, and you'll be able to sync a Soundcloud playlist hosed on your device with all of your pals' phones, creating a giant, surround sound speaker that'll save the party.
Once you and the girls get down a few vinos, there's no stopping you. You were born to sing. Red Karaoke is one of the smoothest karaoke apps on the market, featuring an impressive catalog of music spanning all genres. Record your turn on the mic, and enjoy watching it back once the hangover's worn off.
Okay, so you've had a few bevvies. Now that everyone's loosened up a little, how about a few games? Reverse Charades presents an original twist on the classic game. Instead of one person acting while the rest guess, it's the team that does the acting, while one player tries to decipher as many words possible.
Everyone's had a great time. But the booze has been downed, the food has been scoffed, and everyone needs to head home. Get your pals a ride home with Uber (ok, it's had some bad press, but it's still the best) and pay by Paypal or Wallet - perfect if folks have forgotten to bring any cash with them.
Cluster - Privately share special moments with friends and family
You've taken loads of incriminating party pics that you can't wait to tease your pals with. But even you aren't cruel enough to put them on Facebook (plus, you never know what revenge ammo they might have against you). Cluster is a great app for creating private group albums for your guests to upload so you can share photos of your big night for you to giggle at just among yourselves.
BrightNest – Home Organization, Cleaning Schedule, DIY Crafts, Home Tips and Home Maintenance
It's the morning after the night before and you've woken up to carnage: 'Who vommed in my grandma's vase? And OMG, is that red wine on my cream sofa?!'BrightNest will help make the clean up ordeal a lot more manageable, with handy cleaning tips and tricks to help you get those weird, unidentified stains out of the carpet.