Get the (garden) party started
You’ve invited your friends, cut the grass and done a sun dance. But there are still the tricky things like food, drinks and music left to plan. Don’t panic! Keep calm and read on. Your smartphone or tablet may be the key to making your party a success.
Plan your party
Keep menu planning simple
Get inspiration, recipes and tips
Create the vibe you want
Choose tunes to set the tone
Capture the party spirit
Take photos to keep the fun alive
Food, glorious food
Whether cans of beans or canapés are more your style, catering for a crowd needs a bit of thought. But with a whole world of recipes available at the touch of a button, it’s never been easier. Want menu inspiration? Try an app like Kitchen Stories for ideas. Need to know how to make your favourite barbecue classic? BBC Good Food is your friend. And for seasonal recipes with a dollop of personality, look no further than the Jamie Oliver app.
Make every hour Happy Hour
Strong or soft, show-stopping or simple, get the drinks right and your party’s sure to be a success. If you know what you want to serve, check out the Mixologist app to find out how to make it. Just want to use up the dusty bottles at the back of the cupboard? Its Liquor Cabinet feature knows what you can make with what you’ve got. For get-togethers with an international theme, Cocktail Flow is the app you need, with cocktail recipes from around the world. So whatever and however you’re celebrating, you can make sure every hour is Happy Hour.
Music to set the mood
When it comes to creating the right vibe, music and lighting are key. Download Spotify, a music-streaming service, to put together your party playlist from millions of tracks. And if you’re short of time or just fancy something different, you’ll find loads of readymade playlists to pick from. Once you’ve chosen your tunes, a portable speaker like the JBL Link 20 will let your music fill the air. And with up to 10 hours’ battery life, the chances are you’ll be ready to call it a night before your speaker does.
Don’t miss out on your own do
Sometimes it’s more fun to be a guest at a party than the host. If it’s your bash, you’re probably too busy answering the door, refilling glasses and scrubbing stains out of furniture to really relax and soak up the atmosphere. But just because you can’t be everywhere at once, you don’t have to miss out. With smartphones in their pockets, your guests are also your official photographers. Get them to snap away throughout the day, then share their pics on social media or a file-sharing service like Dropbox. And you could always take a few selfies to prove you were there too!
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