How To Plan the Best Thanksgiving on Your Phone

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

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For those planning to play host for Thanksgiving, we salute you! The responsibility of planning a party while also juggling a holiday meal can tax nearly anyone. However, there are numerous ways to ease the burden of holiday party planning with a few resources available with just a few swipes and taps of your phone, from party seating, to the music of the evening, to even sending out photos and memories from the Thanksgiving meal afterward...

Creating Party Invitations - Holiday Invitation App Roundup
Last week I compiled a collection of apps ideal for sending out invites for a Thanksgiving party. They range from traditional paper invitations that can be mailed directly from your smartphone, to more customized and personal options, such as from your very own holiday app.

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Left: Seating Planner+ - Right: Thanksgiving Menu Maker

Party Seating Planner - Seating Planner+
No one likes to sit at a party next to someone they aren't entirely familiar with. Whether it's at a wedding or a Thanksgiving party, a well planned seating plan for larger get togethers can help promote vibrant conversation during dinner. Seating Planner+ has an easy to use interface where you create a guest list and a dining layout to assign each person to a seat. $2 - Equivalent for Android / Windows Phone

Thanksgiving Menu Maker / Planner - Thanksgiving Menu Maker
Thanksgiving with turkey and stuffing is expected, however it's the accompanying side dishes which set the holiday meal apart. Thanksgiving Menu Maker for iPad offers 75 different recipes consisting of various ways of prepping turkey, stuffing, potatoes, veggies and more. Simply pick your recipes and Thanksgiving Menu Maker will compile a shopping list for you to take to the grocery store for faster and more efficient dinner shopping. Free - Equivalent for Android / Windows Phone

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Left: Thanksgiving Music Radio - Right: Great Coffee App

Music For the Holidays - Thanksgiving Music Radio
A party can be made even better with a fine selection music accompanying the festivities. Thanksgiving Music Radio is an app dedicated to internet radio stations with Thanksgiving songs as a theme, all which can be wirelessly pushed to your home speakers via Bluetooth or AirPlay. Alternatively, it's also possible to use TuneIn and search for Thanksgiving stations if you're seeking an alternative Thanksgiving themed playlist. $1 - Equivalent for Android / Windows Phone

Planning After Dinner Coffee - Great Coffee App
After dinner comes dessert, ideally accompanied with a good cup of coffee for many. If you still have energy after making a grand meal (but who's cleaning up?), impress guests further by making a pot of coffee for all to enjoy. The aptly named great Coffee App lists 16 of the most popular espresso related recipes, with high definition videos and photos for instruction. $3 - Equivalent for Android

Create a Social Photo Album With Photos From Thanksgiving - SmugMug
The party is over, but the memories can live on. SmugMug can be a great way to share Thanksgiving party photos with everyone days or weeks after Thanksgiving dinner has passed. Upload photos to an online album, which can be customized into a webpage using pre-existing templates, and then share with friends and family alike. The end result looks amazing and time will be spent assembling the photos order rather than figuring out how the service works. Free - Also available for Android


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Turn Party Photos Into Printed Memories - Printstagram
Better yet, collect and curate your favorite photos from your smartphone or digital camera and turn it into a holiday themed photo book or framed prints, calendars, or greeting cards right from an app, to send to parents, grandparents, and close friends via snail mail.


(Image credits: Gregory Han; Jason Rodway; Seating Planner+ - Thanksgiving Menu Maker; Thanksgiving Music Radio - Great Coffee App; Printstagram)

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