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6 Apple iPad Apps for Holiday Entertaining

PARTY TRICKS: The Ultimate Entertaining Guide

This app, by 2 For Life Media, offers comprehensive party-planning instruction for even the most inexperienced hosts.

The 'Holiday Open House' section - particularly useful at this time of year - suggests festive menus based on recipes from the classic The Joy of Cooking.

The 'Party Primer' section offers basic directions, such as assuring hosts and hostesses that it is "acceptable to constantly pick up during the party" and "if you're a terrible cook, don't bother trying." And the 'Bartending Basics' section includes tips for stocking a bar by describing the number of drinks per bottle of alcohol.

Although the app's introduction mentions a guide for preparing thematic parties, the app, which resembles a magazine with text and photo-images, fails to address decoration or ambiance.

The $1.99 app, exclusively compatible with the iPad, requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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