8 Tech Tools for Hosting a Party

Throw an easy, unforgettable soiree with the help of these apps and gadgets made for entertaining.

Bluetooth Speakers

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

Hue Lightbulbs

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.


Wish that cooking out didn't mean being stuck at the grill for the whole party? This smart thermometer monitors your meat's temperature and sends your phone an alert when it's done.

Instax Camera Printer

This printer brings back Polaraids with a modern twist. Send your smartphone photos to the printer wirelessly and instantly print party photos.


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.

Block Party

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.

Red Stamp

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.

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