It’s officially holiday season here in the US, and I can barely focus on my day-to-day. To be honest, the past few weeks have beat me up. I’m counting down to the upcoming short week and plan to steal a day to sit at home and bum around… By which I mean, write for the blog and plan for my first-ever New Year Brunch!
Last year, I hosted a small Secret Santa gathering, and even with a full month to plan… I didn’t. When the week before brunch rolled around, I found myself panic-shopping for groceries. The “Quick Brunch Ideas” I’d found through random Google & Pinterest searches were not as quick as I thought, and I was still cooking as my guests arrived.
Not doing that again.
That experience (and my sister) inspired me to get a jump start this year. As I gathered up my favorite tools, I thought back to how long it took me to build my core app collection and all the crappy apps I tried along the way.
I’ve made a hobby of testing apps and sharing the good ones with my friends. At any given time, I’m testing 3 new apps – sometimes so vigorously that the developers reach out to me (like my friends at Bento Cam). Seriously, check my home screen, I’ve got more folders than a dentist’s office.
This list expands on part one, starting with the first place you should look for inspiration (it’s not Pinterest!) and adding on three great apps for the day of. If you want the more extensive part one, it was sent out via e-mail! You can download it here.
Combined, the full list has everything you need to help make your party a total success! As always, you can email me with any questions or suggestions! Now let’s get to it!
Brit + Co
The Day Of
I don’t know any sommeliers (if you do, please share, I have so many questions), but I do like my drinks and food to play well together. Try searching “wine pairing” and you’ll get a bunch of free & paid apps that don’t intuitively do that – I know, I tried. Hello Vino is easy to use and highly specific. The homepage leads with “Can we help you choose a wine?” and it’s an easy fall into the rabbit hole from there:
Boyfriend and I were ready with appetizers, drinks, and a spotless apartment when our guests arrived. Having wrapped everything up in advance allowed us to be completely present and fully enjoy the moment, so now we can’t wait to do it again!
- When was the last time you hosted a gathering?
- Was it stressful or a smashing success?
- Did you use any of these apps (or any apps I didn’t list) to help you?
I can’t wait to hear from you 😀