You’re throwing a party. Regardless what kind of party it is, you’ll still need to do a lot of time-consuming tasks. Why not let cloud computing help? Cloud computing isn’t just something businesses do to lighten their server load; cloud computing is also adept at helping you plan a graduation party. Here are a few ways you can use cloud computing for your next party, and some websites designed specifically for the task.
There are dozens of options for using cloud computing to help you search for locations for your party, for inviting friends and for tracking their responses. You can select a date using ScheduleOnce.com, email invitations using Evite.com, allow them to RSVP to your party using a form created in Google Docs, and even create a website for your event using one of a number of free website create tools. Unfortunately, these options aren’t integrated. One or two might work with tools you already use (ScheduleOnce integrates with Gmail and Google Calendar, for instance), but none offer a complete cloud-based solution to party management. The following options do.
All-In-One Web Solutions
Punchbowl.com, PartySynch.com and BestPartyEver.com are three big party planning websites, and while they aren’t identical, they do have a few things in common. Mainly, they offer integrated party planning solutions. While you’ll eventually decide one website better suits your needs, each has the goal of allowing you to go from initial planning stages to party, using only their tools. With these websites (check each individual website for particulars), you generally get the following features:
Pick-A-Date Tools – Poll your friends or use other online date selection tools to help pick a final date for your event. After that, send out save-a-date notices.
Invitation Management – Design personalized invitations to your party, then email them to friends or print them out to send through the mail.
RSVP and Guestlist Tools – Create an manage guestlists, allow your guests to RSVP online, and even track who’ll be attending, who will not, and who hasn’t yet replied.
Create a Budget and Checklist – Since you’ll want your party to happen within a certain price range, use cloud computing to help you create and track your budget. You can also design a checklist, so every part of the planning process happens when it should.
Hiring Professional Help – If your party is fairly large, you might want a decorator or caterer, not to mention a good location. Using web tools, you can search for all of this, based on location and cost (in order to stay within the budget you created).
Send Reminders – When the date of the party nears, you can automatically send out reminders, not only to attendees, but to yourself as well, to make sure you’re on track of your checklist.
Event Website – Every party planning website I looked at helps you create a free website for your party. Now, even people with no website experience can create an online “face” for the party, so attendees can look at maps, see what the theme is, and receive last-minute updates.