Sometimes it seems like there’s no point to throwing a party. You need to race around sending out invitations, organizing food and drinks, cleaning the house and chasing up RSVPs. Then there’s the fear that people won’t show up, or worse, that you’ll run out of punch. It’s all so stressful – and for what? So that other people can spill wine on your couch and trample chips into your carpet while you run after them with a vacuum cleaner and field angry calls from the neighbors.
But a party doesn’t have to be a nightmare for the host. You deserve to have fun too! Organization is the key – and that’s where the internet comes in. Here’s what you need to do. First take a deep breath, sit yourself down and help yourself to a cup of coffee. Then grab your phone and head to the app store. No, you’re not downloading Flappy Bird – you’re grabbing these five must-have apps that’ll turn your party into something legendary.
We know you want all the glory for yourself, but don’t be a hero. Send out your to-do list on PitchIn and watch in joyful surprise as your friends leap to your assistance. Whether you need someone to pick up the vodka fountain or $50 for a politician-shaped piñata, PitchIn outsources your party planning worries to your nearest and dearest.
Building a party playlist can be a nightmare. What if you secretly have horrible taste in music? What if you’re not up-to-date with the latest indie dance hits? Spotify lets you piggyback off the good taste of others by borrowing playlists pre-made by those in the know – and the best part is you can share a playlist with guests ahead of time so that everyone can add their favourite tunes.
Don’t subject yourself to the waking nightmare that is cooking for a party. Working around dietary requirements, missing the good times while slaving away in the kitchen, cleaning up a mountain of pots and pans afterwards…why bother? It’s so much easier to leave it to the professionals. Whether you’re hosting a Mexican fiesta or a Japanese tea ceremony, choose anything you like from Menulog’s massive range of cuisines and get one more thing off your plate. You can even set up an order ahead of time. Our advice: pretend the delivery guy at the door was just an angry neighbour and pass the food off as your own.
Impress your friends with your encyclopaedic knowledge of all things alcoholic. Got some old half-empty bottles lying around the place? Search by ingredient and see what miraculous cocktails you can whip up from the dregs. Warning: this app does not grant the ability to juggle bottles or safely set drinks alight.
There comes a point in every party where someone stops the music mid-dance and demands to sing. The best way to deal with these people is to give them what they want and hope they wear out quickly. In these situations Sing! Karaoke is your best friend: it includes a huge range of popular songs and you can even record drunken renditions for future blackmail.