For InStyle's November issue, on newsstands now and availale for digital download, we teamed up with Google to uncover your most-searched questions and problems. Then, we found the best sites, apps, and tools to answer 'em all.

By Christina Shanahan
Oct 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

You know that feeling you get when dinner guests show up at the door and you have pots overflowing on the stove, towels on your bathroom floor, and the wine isn't even within reach? Before you agree to host your pals, bookmark these editor-tested hostess helpers to save yourself a little time and a whole lot of stress.



Forget the last-minute liquor-store runs. With a Club W subscription (starting at $39 per month), you'll always have palate pleasers at the ready (and be prepared for those impromptu guests). Simply fill out a taste profile and you'll get three to six bottles delivered to your door each month.



Think of this as the Uber of home cleaning. When your house is a disaster and you're throwing a dinner party in a few hours, just download the app or visit the site, which vets reliable housekeepers and handymen, and book them at the last minute to make your apartment sparkle (free; available on Google Play and iTunes).

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File this under "genius": Available in major cities, Kitchen Surfing lets you choose a menu and book a chef to come to your home to prepare the food, serve it, and clean up for $25 per person. Reserve your chef the day of, or book up to a week in advance.



Whether you're hosting an intimate brunch for a few pals or throwing a RiRi-worthy birthday bash for 200, this clever app is your BFF. Browse inspiration and party themes, then get a selection of products, from invitations to decorations, that match your aesthetic—and buy it all with one tap.