It’s so great to get some time off from work during the holiday season. But planning Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday events can be a job of its own.
Put web tools to work in your personal life as you plan get-togethers for family and friends.
MyPunchbowl is a cleaner alternative to Evite, with a nice party planning workflow and attractive invitations. You probably won’t get much use out of the “Pick a Date” capability for Thanksgiving since the date’s set. But if you’re getting a few friends together in December for a holiday party, that could be helpful. MyPunchbowl allows guests to communicate with you privately instead of showing your comments to all the other invitees.
Record the tasks you need to do with their due dates using Remember the Milk. You can check off tasks as you complete them, view them in your online or desktop calendar via the iCalendar feed, and get reminded of what you need to do by email, text message, or instant messenger.
You’ll need to buy a bunch of food and supplies for the party. Gubb’s one of our favorite online lists application, for the variety of ways in which you can manage its lists and for its ease of use. You can send items by email or text message, whatever’s most convenient. You can share lists with other people. Gubb only does lists — but it does those simply and intuitively.
What turkey day is complete without the candied sweet potato casserole grandma use to make? You can store your recipes online at Key Ingredient and share them with your friends and family too, either on the Key Ingredient site or via their widget that you embed into your blog. Key Ingredient also offers a recipe scanning service so you can get your favorite hand-written recipes digitized. (You can read more about Key Ingredient in my GigaOM post about it, along with coverage of Serious Eats, a blog you might want to check out for finding new recipes.)
While Flickr’s a favorite of the Web 2.0 set, SmugMug might be a better choice for sharing photos after a friends and family holiday event. For $39.95 a year, SmugMug gives you photo backup, as much privacy as you might want, and unlimited storage. SmugMug also offers photo printing and photo gifts like playing cards or mugs imprinted with your pictures.
Family holidays are too often fraught with tension over things done and not done. Need some advice on how to deal with a sticky issue that arises before, during, or after your holiday get-together? Ask a stranger online with you were me and get advice in real time. Before you get to ask any questions, though, you have to earn some points by replying to other people.