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The host with the most: make party planning easier with apps

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Dads and Grads. Fourth of July. Pool parties. Picnics. Birthdays. Summer is full to the brim with celebrations, fetes, bashes, and blowouts – and if you’re hosting one, you know just how much work it can be to plan the perfect BBQ or cocktail soiree. But look down at your hands – see that tablet or 2 in 1 PC that you’re holding? Well, that’s just as essential a party-planning tool as your tiki torches and all those bags of ice!

The AV Club: make beautiful music

One of the best ways that your tablet can help you host a swingin’ shindig is by streaming music or video to your TV or Bluetooth speakers – and it’s incredibly easy to do with apps alone. You probably already have a music streaming app or service on your device, but if you’re looking for new ones to try start with hip newcomer Beats Music. Beats gives ad-free access to over 20 million songs, can curate playlists based on your personal taste, and creates mixes based on what you’re doing (and how you’re feeling).

SoundCloud is another Android app that lets you create your own playlists – and it has a wide selection of lesser-known artists to explore as well.It’ll run great on a device likethe Asus MemoPad FHD 10, which leverages a power-efficient Intel processor to keep your tunes streaming smoothly for hours.Remember to mix up tempos and genres from track to track, and think about whether the songs fit the vibe of your party!

If you have a Windows 8 powered device, like an HP Pavilion X360 2 in 1, you can create playlists using the Rhapsody app which also acts as a streaming radio service. If you run out of time to curate a playlist, just select from one of the themed radio stations like 80’s Hits or Hip-Hop Hits. You can also stream radio through other apps like Slacker for Windows 8 and Rdio for Android.

Watch this: streaming video options

An Intel-powered device can provide you with clear streaming sound - and with clear streaming video as well! If you’d rather use your device to stream video in the background, there are plenty of apps to do that too. Hulu Plus is a paid service that can provide access to tons of shows – perfect to put on in the background of a card game or a girl’s night in - and it’s available for both Android and Windows devices.

If you’re looking to create a video playlist, YouTube is available for Android devices, and Windows users should check out Hyper for YouTube which allows for watching videos in full HD 1080p. You can let Vevo create an HD music video channel based on your music library to create a perfect party background, or go more atmospheric by accessing pretty landscapes on Vimeo. Or try some anime! Android users get Crunchyroll (which also works on Apple TV and Roku), while Windows users can use PlayAnime to access a library of popular favorites like Avatar and Dragonball Z.

Game on: fun apps to entertain adults

A 2 in 1 device like a Dell XPS 11 can also help people mingle at your party by kickstarting game time – try Trivia Mayhem or Pub Quiz to get a good ol’ fashioned trivia night going, or go for Mind Pursuit if you’re a fan of board games. Android users can get things going with the Big Pub Quiz, a traditional trivia app with classic categories and a pretty UI, Speed Trivia, which adds the pressure of a timer to the game, or Trivial Quiz. Many of these games can be shared between devices, meaning your tablet and your guests’ smartphones and devices can all be logged in and playing the game together within the app – finally, a party where everyone has their phone out but they’re having fun together!

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