Here in Canada, we may not take our Thanksgiving as seriously as our neighbors to the south, but we still use the weekend as a way to reconnect with friends and family, eat way too much, and apologize a lot.
If you're planning Thanksgiving at your place this year or if you're just helping out wherever your big dinner might be, then here are some great ways to incorporate tech into the holiday.
A great recipe app
Thanksgiving is all about the food, so a great recipe app is a good place to start. Sure, you can make Grandma's stuffing and use Aunt Gertrude's mashed potato secret (it's just sour cream), but why not switch things up a bit this year?
Yummly is a great app to start with if you're new to recipe apps. It can make recommendations that are personalized for you, and it also has great tools and helpful videos, just in case you've never made a certain dish before. You can also save favorites and use the app as a sort of Instagram for food wherein you like or "Yum" various recipes.
- Free - Download now
If Yummly doesn't quite do it for you, then check out Lory's guide to Thanksgiving apps:
Plan the party
Yeah, you could write everything down or make notes on your phone, but a solid party planning app can help consolidate all of your ideas and take a lot of the stress off of you as the party planner.
Diobox might be overkill for what you need for a family gathering, but it's the perfect app for planning parties, large and small. You can create events within the app, then import contacts, create guest lists, manage email invitations and RSVPs, check everyone in, and even arrange seating, If you're someone who loves their dinner parties to go perfectly and according to schedule, Diobox is the way to go.
- Free - Download now
Be a DJ!
Music makes or breaks a party. If you're having your great grandparents over and blasting Nicki Minaj, you're either gonna be glared at all night or have to witness old people grinding (be very careful when deciding which is worse).
Apple Music is a great way to manage everything on your iPhone or iPad. It's intuitive and you can create and search up playlists to your heart's content. That being said, I can't recommend Spotify enough. Spotify has a massive repository of tunes and user-created playlists for all manner of holidays (including Thanksgiving). You can use Spotify on just about any device and if you have a Bluetooth speaker handy, you can stream wirelessly and blast tunes for the whole family.
A single Spotify membership is $9.99 a month, or you can upgrade to a family subscription for $14.99 a month. You can also use it for free, but your search options are limited, you can't skip tracks all you want, and your selection is a little limited. For streaming music and a little something for absolutely everyone, there's none better than Spotify.
- Free, subscriptions - Download now
Enh, let's eat out
Ok, if you're not into cooking, then you'll want to find an awesome restaurant that's actually open on Thanksgiving. Here's the best part about Canadian Thanksgiving: most restaurants are still open. So really, you just need a great restaurant review app.
Yelp is the most popular restaurant review app and you can find aggregated reviews for just about every restaurant in your area (or at least those worth noting). You can also get locations, make reservations, and filter everything by price, location, and whether or not it's open.
- Free - Download now
Tell your lights to smarten up
Or, better yet, get some smart lights. Philips Hue is the best overall smart bulb, allowing you to perfectly set the tone for any occasion with bulbs that can change color on command and in varying patterns. The best part is that you can control everything right from your phone. If you want to perfectly set the mood, smart lights are where it's at.
If you're looking for even more apps for Thanksgiving:
How do you celebrate?
Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below! Happy Thanksgiving, eh!
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