10 Apps for Planning Your New Year’s Celebration

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2013 has been a most excellent year, and deserves to be celebrated. 2014 holds great promise, and should be fervently welcomed. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day offer the perfect opportunity to reminisce, revel and prepare for what’s to come.

A great way to honor the past year and ring in the new is to surround yourself with family and friends. Heck, throw a party. Here are 10 apps that will help whether you’re planning a New Year’s party, attending one or anywhere in between:

Apps for New Years Eve music

Whether you aim to get your dance on or need something sweetly humming in the background, even the smallest of New Year’s parties needs music.

1. Spotify

With this app you can listen to artists and albums, create your own playlists, or discover new music by listening to pre-made playlists. Personalized recommendations are also available, so you can craft your music to the tone of your gathering.

Available for iOS and Android

2. Pandora

Pandora creates customized radio stations based on artists and songs you already love. It’s a great way to find new music, and you can edit your stations to include artists your party goers want to hear. And if you want to completely change direction, switching between stations is also quite simple.

Available for iOS and Android

Great party food apps

Merrymaking and delicious food will always go together, no matter what year it is.

3. Yummly

This app claims to put every recipe in the world in your pocket. It includes a smart shopping list, personalized recommendations, and the ability to build recipe collections and share favorites. Use this for appetizers, your guests’ favorite finger foods and the perfect toasting cocktail.

Available for iOS

4. foodgawker

Is there a specific look or theme your party must have? The foodgawker app allows you to browse by image. It’s full of gorgeous foodie photos with recipes attached.

Available for iOS

5. Allthecooks

If you’re at a loss and just don’t quite know what to prepare, ask this community of cooks. There’s a live chat platform, a search engine for you to enter the ingredients you hope to use and a function for you to be able to share your own ideas – help those who helped you!

Available for Android


Find fun New Years Eve events

Sometimes it can be great fun to celebrate with a bunch of strangers. Concerts are a fantastic way to bring people together, and an awesome excuse to bring in the New Year singing. Or maybe you would like to keep the celebration small, but still make it epic. Snowshoeing, wine tasting and any number of events are easily accessible. These apps can help you find the perfect adventure:

6. LivingSocial

Living Social updates their events lists every day. You can score tickets to concerts, theater productions and sporting events. There are discounted music lessons, photo shoots, art classes, brewery tours and a whole lot more. The app helps you find local events so you can make 2014 whatever you want it to be.

Available for iOS and Android

7. Ticketmaster

Buy tickets, view seating charts to pick your favorite spot and browse upcoming events with this app. You can check local shows or concerts in other cities. It’s basketball season already, why not go to a game on New Year’s Day? This app can help you decide what you want to do now, and how you want to spend some time in the coming year.

Available for iOS and Android

However you choose to celebrate, have fun and stay safe. Download the Uber app (#8) to stay connected with a stylish ride, and have your Google Maps app (#9) ready to lead you to brunch the next day. And do me a favor. Get out and see the world a bit in 2014 – TripAdvisor (#10) can guide you. Happy New Year!

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Alison Quinn

Alison Quinn

Travel and adventure are my favorite. Then reading and laughing and writing. And dancing! Wine, too. And music-definitely music. I think October is a quite superior time of year, and I always have glitter pens handy.

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