Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and for many of us, that means entertaining family and cooking up a storm. This can be a recipe for stress, which is the last thing you need leading up to a long holiday weekend. Luckily, a little planning can make Turkey Day much more manageable — all you need is your iPhone or iPad and a few strategically downloaded apps. From party planning and invites to recipes and wine pairings, we've got you covered.
Party Planner Pro
If part of your Thanksgiving tradition is hosting a dinner party for a large group, Party Planner Pro ($5) is just the ticket to help you get organized. This app provides a single dashboard that lets you manage your guest list and RSVPs, seating chart, progress, and budget. You can also use it to plan your dishes and input recipes, as well as create shopping lists that you can easily print out or export. Plus, there's a collaboration feature, which offers a perfect excuse for you to delegate tasks (ahem, assigning side dishes) to others — because no one should have to cook 17 dishes all on their own.
No matter the size of the party you're hosting, the classy thing to do is let people know with some slick (and environmentally friendly) invitations. For that, there's Paperless Post (free). This app offers a slew of stylish cards, with a wide selection featuring festive Thanksgiving themes. Several of the invites are free, whereas others will cost you a coin or two (your first 25 are free; pricing varies from there). Feeling creative? You can create your own design with custom backdrops and fonts, and even insert photos direction from your Camera Roll. Paperless Post also lets you manage RSVPs, post comments and photos to your event page, and communicate with guests.
Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetite Manual
Once you've got the guest list down, it's time to dig into one of the best parts of any holiday celebration: Food. There are hundreds of recipe apps out there, but for this most gluttonous of Thursdays, you'll want Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetite Manual (free). As the name suggests, this free is dedicated to all things turkey and pie. It includes more than 100 recipes to inspire you, but my favorite part is the Menus section. Here, you can choose what type of Thanksgiving feast best fits yourself and your guests — Classic, Modern, Southern, or New Traditions — and be served with specific recipes to that end. The app also offers a variety of handy tips, how-to's, and videos to help make your feast-cooking endeavors as stress free as possible.
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