Fun iPhone apps for planning a party

Jul 29, 2010
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The only thing more fun than planning a party is having a party. But preparing for one can also be pretty great. Whether it’s a dinner party, a birthday bash, a wedding, or a cocktail event, there are always lots of decisions to make. That eventually leads to a long list of things to do, […]

The only thing more fun than planning a party is having a party. But preparing for one can also be pretty great. Whether it’s a dinner party, a birthday bash, a wedding, or a cocktail event, there are always lots of decisions to make. That eventually leads to a long list of things to do, clean, make, and buy. Check out the apps below to guide you through the party prepping process.

Invitations (Free)

The Invitations app makes picking out party invites an awesome and simple task. First, start with selecting a card—choose from 12 artwork, 13 image, and 15 paper cards. Designs include flowers, animals, cupcakes, sunset, old rice paper, and thick and heavy. Then choose one of five stock messages—I’m having a barbeque, wedding, party—and tailor it to your liking by changing the color, size, and typeface of the font. Then email it to your friends and invitations are taken care of — and they look first-rate!

Drinks Planner ($1.99)

The Drinks Planner app is super simple, to the point, and kind of genius. It solves the one problem I never know how to handle when prepping for a party: how much liquor to get. You type in how many people will be attending, the duration of the event, and what kind of drinkers your friends are — light, normal, or heavy. Next, a few questions come up — what kind of liquor will be served and in what currency are you paying. Then the app calculates your responses and gives you back the quantity of each type of liquor you need to purchase, along with an approximate cost quote. No more guessing with this app.

100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 90s ($1.99)

You know the party’s getting good when you hear the lines “Oh, my, god Becky, look at her butt. It is so big!” from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” With songs like Snap’s “Rhythm is a Dancer,” Daft Punk’s “Around the World,” and Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” following on Sir Mix-a-Lot’s heels, you would have to actively try not to have a great time dancing to these hits courtesy of 100 Great Dance Songs of the 90s. And don’t forget about dance favorites like Santana’s “Smooth (featuring Rob Thomas)” and Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.”

Dinner Party Food Street (99 cents)

Party or no party, the Dinner Party Food Street app rules. Choose from soups, salads, appetizers, main courses, side lines (gotta love the name), and desserts. Once you click on a meal, get 10 to 20 delicious recipes with easy to follow directions for each. And these aren’t just any recipes either. The meals range from basic to exotic with dishes like “Famous Macaroni Salad” and “Grilled Salmon,” to “Jalapeno Potato Soup” and “Pumpkin Pie Dip.”

Party Pizza ($1.99)

If there is any one food — at least in America, but maybe even in the whole world — that most people can agree on, it’s pizza. The Party Pizza app takes pizza up a notch by offering it served on English Muffins. At the beginning of the app, you are prompted to select a number of guests—12, 24, or 48 — and then, accordingly, you are given a shopping list of how much to buy and a recipe of how much to make. Each includes the option to check ingredients off as you buy or use them. Also included are photos of each step of the process. By the last step, those pizzas are looking tasty!

Let’s Party! (99 cents)

When you get tired of dancing and you’ve eaten until you’re full, there’s nothing else to do but get your game on. Let’s Party! offers a range of games for every kind of occasion. Is your anniversary coming up? How about playing the “Compatibility Check” game, where your knowledge of your significant other is put to the test? Are you in the mood for some drinking games? If you don’t already know how to play “Quarters,” the game where you bounce a quarter off the table and into a glass, this app spells it out for you. Other highlights include “Fruit-Legged Beach Relay” for beach games, “Scavenger Hunt” under boys’ pajama parties, and “Chinese Whispers” (also known as “Telephone”) for the whole family.

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Jesse Sposato

Jesse Sposato is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, and one of the founders and editors of Sadie Magazine, an online counter-culture magazine for young women.

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