Single Girl’s Guide to Holiday Sanity

Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani of Homejoy shares apps for the Single Girl to keep her cool this season



It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it also means less time to handle the day-to-day errands on top of planning your annual holiday get-together. Homejoy Communications Manager Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani shares a few apps and sites with me to make your Chrismukkah party (and your holiday season) hassle-free. Plus find an exclusive deal for Single Diaries readers only.

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  • For invitations to your party use Anyvite
    Gatherings are about the company you keep, not a fancy invitation design. Keep it simple, and use Anyvite to give your friends the who, what, where in seconds.

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  • For party prep and cleaning use Homejoy
    Between shopping for presents and washing your hair, who has time to clean a house? Skip the screening process to find a house cleaner, and use Homejoy‘s easy online booking system to get your home ready for your soirée… and to get it back to spotless after your guests leave.
    Bonus: Single Diaries readers get $20 off their appointment. Just click and book before January 15th!

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  • Launder your dresses with Washio
    As hostess, your dress is front and center. Don’t get caught with a stain (or without clean underwear!) at yours or any other parties. Washio will pickup and drop off your laundry and dry cleaning when and where you tell them to.
    Bonus: Get $10 off your first order with promo code washio10.

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  • Order flowers from The Bouqs Co.
    The easiest way to add cheer to a room is with live blooms. TheBouqs sends flowers at a flat rate straight from eco-friendly farms. Set your table for a winter wonderland with the Frosty white Ranunculus bouquet or take a more traditional route for a rich Christmas with Jingle Bells red roses and blue statice.

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  • For groceries, check out Instacart
    Why spend an hour at the grocery store when you can shop from the warmth of your home while catching up on your DVR? Order groceries from Safeway, Whole Foods and Costco, and rest assured an Instacart personal shopper will hand pick the best produce for you and your guests and deliver on the same day.

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  • Don’t Drink and Drive, Uber.
    Be responsible. Now feel free to have that third cocktail…


The next three weeks of festivity madness are going to be a hectic but joyous time. These start-ups are here to help YOU relax and focus on the important things of the season.


Catherine Abalos is founder and editor of The Single Diaries.

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