Whether you’re missing the right food, drinks or entertainment for your party, Windows Phone Blog has you covered with three great applications for each category.
Whether you know what you want to serve or are like me and haven’t a clue, the free Allrecipes app can help. You can search thousands of top-rated recipes by food name or categories like “holidays.” A search for “Roasted Chestnuts” delivers a four-star recipe and a search for “holiday” offers a variety of considerations, from holiday burritos and biscotti to pumpkin bread and peppermint bark each with star-ratings based on reviews from a community of millions of home cooks.
After selecting an item, you’ll get an overview and can pan to see ingredients, directions (for preparation), nutrition info and even reviews from people who used the recipe. The Holiday Burritos and Mimosa sound like a good combo to me, so I pinned the individual recipes to my start screen for easy access at the supermarket. Later, I can also pin the directions to my start screen so that it’s easy to glance and prepare at home.
Although I’m mostly a beer and wine guy, it’s no surprise that cocktails are a crowd pleaser at holiday parties, especially when they go with the season. Similar to All Recipes, Cocktail Flow ($2.99) allows you to search for recipes by name or category. But even better, it also offers themed cocktail packages. A Christmas package includes 35 different cocktails, such as Eggnog Martini, Poinsettia, White Christmas, and Peppermint Stick, that can be downloaded to your Windows Phone.
If you’re hosting a dinner party for the holidays, Food and Wine Pairing is another great app to try. For wine simpletons like me, it recommends an appropriate wine for any meal. So after I’ve decided on the main course with All Recipes, I hop over to Food and Wine Pairing to choose the wine – done.
Why interrupt chatting with friends at your party to put on another CD, when you can download, play (and later conveniently delete) several hours-worth of holiday soundtracks with a subscription music service? BothSpotify and Zune are less than $10 a month and are great for this. Simply enter your holiday of choice in the search bar and you’ll be amazed at how many artists, albums and tracks exist.
With camera phones, taking pictures is almost part of the entertainment at most parties these days. The bummer of it is that you rarely get to see photos other than those you took. Flickr solves this problem by allowing you and your guests to take photos from Windows Phone, Android, or iOS phones and instantly upload them to a public, invite only or completely private group that you can create for your holiday celebration. Here’s a thought: post a few notices around your party about the shared Flickr group to encourage your guests to participate.
The folks over at the Windows Phone Blog have definitely mentioned some of the most useful applications in the above post. We strongly recommend Epicurious, Cocktail Flow, Vivino (which has an always growing library of great wines all over the world with user ratings, review ratings, social integration and much more) and Flickr for party pictures and videos. As far as providing music for your party, the recommended Spotify and Zune work well. However, if you aren’t looking to pay monthly just for the holidays (keep in mind Spotify has a free option anyway) we recommend Last.fm or iHeartRadio which have some great holiday playlists available.