October 06, 2011 05:00 ET

Plan Your Party With Just a Few Clicks

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - (Family Features) Whether you're looking for culinary inspiration or last-minute décor ideas for your party, finding resources on the Internet is easier than ever. These days you can send invitations, gather recipes, purchase party favors and find décor inspiration online. You can even catalog all of your great finds using bookmarking websites so everything is organized when you're ready to plan your next party.

Hosting a party is easy with these resourceful websites.

Pick a theme. No matter what occasion you're planning a party for, you can find décor inspiration and theme ideas from a multitude of sources. Sites such as, the Hostess with the Mostess website, provide ideas for everything from kid's birthday parties to wedding receptions.

Invite your guests. Sending invitations has never been easier. allows you to easily send e-invitations to your guests, as well as post information about your party and verify guest RSVPs. In addition, the website offers party planning tips, ideas, supplies and personalized party favors. If you're a social media enthusiast, you can also send your friends invitations via

Find the food. Finding recipes is a cinch when you search online. Foodie sites like provide recipe photos, ingredient lists and easy step-by-step instructions for creating amazing meals in your home. The recently revised site also contains tips for cooking on a budget, healthy eating, seasonal cuisine and nutrition for every day meals as well. You can also sign up for the free e-newsletter, which provides seasonally relevant recipes for appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Catalog your finds. Gone are the days of the index card filing system for recipes or ideas. With just a series of clicks, you can easily store your favorite recipes, décor ideas or invitation design inspiration pieces for later recall via websites such as or With a free membership, you can even tag each recipe with keywords for quick access at a later date. You can also search for other party planning ideas via Pinterest.

Set the mood. Selecting music for your party is a cinch with Simply create stations of artists or music you like, and Pandora will do the rest. Set one station for the evening and the site will stream music from artists similar to those you chose.

Keep the fun going. After the party, post your photos to sites such as or use Google's Picasa app. Allow guests to print or order the photos themselves or add to the albums to keep the fun going long past the party.

For food prep tips and great party recipe ideas, go to

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