Using Tech to Throw a Stress-Free Party
Use Tech to Amp Up a Party 03:31
Intimidated by an Internet's worth of perfectly styled, lively dinner party pictures? It can be a lot of pressure planning and executing a perfect get-together with friends that sometimes I want to curl up in sweatpants and forget about it. In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I have solutions that will turn what could be a ho-hum, quiet affair into an unforgettable soiree.
Stylish speakers with great sound are a must. Bluetooth speakers don't need to be plugged in and sync with your devices within 30 feet. They're also easy to transport if you decide to move the party outside. Photo courtesy of Libratone
These Wi-Fi-enabled light bulbs and strips illuminate a space in any color you imagine. You can control them with an app on your smartphone, so the party mood lighting options are endless.
Host a perfect dinner party by bringing a professional — and affordable — chef to your place. With Kitchit, you select the chef, the menu and the number of guests, pay online and leave the cooking to a master.
Find the ideal cocktail for your party through this app, which features both pro recipes and shared recipes across social media. Trade recipes, then shake up a signature cocktail for your next event.
These days, all guests take photos of your party with their smartphones. Make it easy for all the photos to land in one place with an app like Block Party. It will display a live-updated slideshow while the party's in progress, which will encourage your guests to take more photos.
No need to run to the post office or address all those envelopes. Make and send instant invitations and thank you cards that pack paper-worthy style with Red Stamp. If you use paper cards, they'll stamp and mail them for you.
First, I set the scene with some mood lighting with a high-tech solution to transform the usual bulbs into an app-controlled light show. If your home stereo hasn't been updated since Milli Vanilli was cool, I have some wireless speakers you won't mind keeping out on the mantel long after guests leave.
You know the best party goods deals come from a warehouse club, but sometimes it isn't worth the hassle. Boxed offers warehouse club prices with free shipping and no membership fees. Just like a good guest, all your party provisions arrive on time.
When you're struggling to finish last-minute shopping, decorations or food prep, turn to TaskRabbit. You can hire someone to pick up menu items, set up the karaoke machine or do any other chore to lighten your load.
No time to program a playlist? This app makes DJing easy. Pick the mood of your party, whether it's "unwinding," "feeling confident" or a "sweaty dance party," and Songza will choose the music to match.
To make great mementos of your fab fete, I found an app that every attendee should download so that anyone taking pictures can easily share theirs into a large party pile. I also found an app that acts as a DJ, so you can spend the evening being the hostess.