Lifestyle & Parenting

sponsored: 5 apps that make entertaining enjoyable

December 8, 2013

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Don’t know a canapé from a hors d’oeuvre? (Spoiler alert: they’re the same thing.)

With the holidays comes unexpected guests, extended visits with the in-laws and plenty of food and cocktails. But how can we liven up a table setting? Are paper napkins an absolute no-no? If we’re invited instead of hosting, what’s the It gift this year?

Herewith, 5 apps to help you charm the grinchiest guest.

Paperless Post: Every great soiree starts with an invite. Skip snail mail for elegant and bespoke invitations from Paperless Post – they can be customized and track RSVPs with the utmost ease.

Makr: Everything is a brand these days – so why not brand your party? Create customized name tags, labels and thank you cards (with the option of downloading the pdf for unlimited printing or directly ordering professional prints). A great parting gift after a dinner party: a bespoke recipe card with your signature dish.

Hello Vino: A little nervous about pleasing the wine snob in your group? Hello Vino offers recommendations based on your menu, preferences and price range and podcast wine reviews.

Epicurious: The authority on all things delicious, Epicurious offers instant access to thousands of recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, the world’s top restaurants and culinary superstars. Bonus: recipes come with shopping lists, to make sure you never forget the spiced cloves.

Fromage: Leave the cookies to the kids – an artfully presented cheese platter is the adult way to end a meal. Fromage guides amateurs and connoisseurs alike through difference regions and flavours (wine pairings are also available) and can help you create a selection that suites every palate.

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