The art of entertaining has never been easier. Typically you would be stressed to the max but thanks to careful planning, a few apps and digital tools, everything is under control! Let's hear it for holiday magic!
Paperless Post: No time to send out a physical invite? Paperless post is your best bet! From creating the actual design to customizing the guest list, this app is a hostess' best friend and will keep you abreast of when someone views the documents, rsvps and invites guests. Your days of asking if someone received your invite are long gone!
YappBox: One of the newest tools on the market, YappBox allows you to create a specialized app and can manage all event logistics from itinerary creation, directions to and fro, as well as submitting social media posts! Free for both IOS and Andriod users, think of this tool as your pocket personal assistant. Who needs an Emily when you have a YappBox!
Pinterest: Find inspiration for all things—from Christmas tree decorating to unique place settings to what looks best over the fireplace mantle—on Pinterest. Search your favorite domestic divas like B.Smith and Martha Stewart's curated boards and see if you can remix their designs to fit your holiday vision. It only takes a few minutes to download and decorate today!
RealSimple: The very best in holiday decorating ideas is found on the popular magazine's app. Check out their "5-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas" article which is a must read for every diva. Plus, you need to know how your house looks so that you know what outfit to wear. After all, it's important for you to look good as well, no? Oh, and don't forget to put out your grandmother's favorite quilted blanket because she will ask about its whereabouts.
Food Network In the Kitchen: Whoever said that standing over a hot stove wearing 6-inch pumps was easy needs to walk a day in your shoes. Download Whole Foods Market Recipes and become the culinary goddess you were born to be. Create shopping lists, obtain store recipes and learn secrets from your favorite celebrity chefs. Throw on your chicest apron and get to chopping, dicing, stuffing and slicing!
Open Table: Cooking a huge extravagant meal isn't for everybody, which is why every diva needs a back up plan. The Open Table app is just that. Find out what everyone likes and hopefully you can secure a reservation at your favorite restaurant. Let's just hope there are tables available!
Spotify: What better way to set the mood than with a carefully curated playlist! The Spotify app can be launched on either iPhone or Android and the catalogue has a little something for everybody—from old school hip hop, to gospel and jazz, so be prepared for all sorts of requests. Just tell everybody you "got this" and go back to being the hostess with the mostess!
Uber: Usually cheaper, faster, and more reliable than a yellow cab, Uber is the best car service on the market today. Imagine arriving at the airport and whisked away in a sleek town car. The service is only available via the app, which makes it all the more fabulous.
FlightTrack 5: This app is a traveller's saving grace! Download FlightTrack 5 and stay abreast of flight statuses, delays and gate numbers. Trying to switch seats or upgrade to first class? No worries! Plus, there are maps of international and national terminals so, in case of a connecting flight, you'll know where to go. Happy flying!
Black Dating: Worried about being alone for your own holiday soiree? Download Black Dating and snag a handsome suitor for the evening. Chat, exchange pictures and meet beforehand (for safety purposes, of course!). Who knows? This could be a very Merry Christmas indeed!
Rent The Runway: Want to make a splash in you favorite designer this season? Check out the mobile app and browse fabulous cocktail dresses from Badgley Mischka, Nicole Miller, Vera Wang and more. Plus, if you join today you'll receive $25 off your first order. Now that's a fabulous gift!