Summer is in the air, and that means graduation soirees, pool parties, Hawaiian Luaus聽and maybe even a few fiestas聽to celebrate International Friendship Day. We鈥檒l use any excuse under the sun to hang with friends and chill to the song of the summer. But between picking a venue and date, preparing a feast and spreading the word about the party, planning what should be a fun occasion quickly becomes a procrastinator鈥檚 worst nightmare.聽Kick back with a watermelon margarita聽and forget about your planning woes, because this week鈥檚 edition of our聽Upgrade Your Life聽series聽has聽five apps that will have you raising聽the roof at your next party.


1. Spread the Word: Unless your name is Jay Gatsby, no one is going to flock to your party until you鈥檝e sent out the invitations. Once you鈥檝e chosen your聽venue and set the date for the party, the Red Stamp聽app can help you create and send beautiful digital and聽print聽invitations in a variety of designs for every聽occasion. Whether they鈥檙e saving them in their inboxes or sticking them on their fridges, your guests will definitely be keeping tabs on聽these invites.

DL It: Free on iOS聽and Android


2. Cure Hunger: You don鈥檛 have to be a Food Network star to whip up a delicious meal for your party guests while on the go. Evernote Food聽is like a virtual sous-chef: It helps you create, edit or import recipes, build and plan menus and even keep track of memorable restaurant meals for inspo. From tasty entrees聽to desserts, this app has you covered.

DL It: Free on iOS and聽Android


3. Multitask like a Pro: If you鈥檙e holding a potluck, cookout or other party where your guests will be bringing items to the venue, TickTick聽can help you coordinate all the details. The app鈥檚 friendly interface lets you create lists of items to bring, assign these items to聽individuals and send reminders to your friends to bring those items. The best part is that after the party is over, you can use TickTick for the rest of your busy life, from reminding yourself聽to pick up dry cleaning to keeping track of those brilliant ideas on the go.

DL It: Free聽on iOS聽and Android


4.聽Get Your Booze On: Give yourself one less thing to think about with Minibar, a聽clutch alcohol delivery service. These days, they鈥檙e delivering to way more areas than just NYC and the Bay Area. With someone else handling the grocery shopping, you鈥檒l have even more time to craft amazing cocktails.

DL it:聽Free on iOS and Android

5. Decor + More: We鈥檙e gonna toot our own horn here and champion the聽Brit + Co app. If you don鈥檛 think your own digs are worthy of a shindig, just check out the 鈥淓vents鈥 section for all the decor inspo you need to whip your living room or backyard into the ultimate party space. You can even save your fave articles for easy access, and browse the party supplies in the Brit + Co shop.

DL It: Free聽on iOS and Android

Tell us about your summer party plans in the comments below!