Aid and Assist
NYC services to plan an easier cocktail party
One glorious meal down, four festive weekends to go. It?s officially shindig season, ladies. But before you launch into to-do lists for hosting your own soiree, take a peek at a few local services that can ease the pain of party planning.
Let someone else cook Hiring a personal chef doesn?t necessarily require Oprah status. KitchenSurfing makes it about as easy as ordering from Seamless. Browse local chefs? profiles (including sample menus, food photos and reviews) and book a date right on the site. You?ll then communicate with your chosen cook about the specific menu (costing anywhere from $15 to $250 a person), and he or she will take care of the rest (yes, even grocery shopping and cleanup).
Have the drinks delivered Lifesaver alert: Booze Carriage. Just enter your zip code and pick your poisons (wine, beer, liquor, even mixers and garnishes). Pay online and someone will bring everything to you in under an hour--no delivery fees, no lugging bottles, simply genius.
Get a housecleaner on demand We?ve sung these folks? praises in the past, but in case you missed the memo, get to know MyClean. It?s a site that lets you book and pay for a housecleaner online (whether you need it pre-party, post-party or both).