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Partying online -- Sites like Evite and Party411 help you prepare for your next bash

Partying online

Here’s the plan: a small holiday gathering — about a dozen friends — for cocktails and dinner, a week from Saturday. Maybe show off the newly installed home theater, listen to music, watch a movie, play some games. How much of a hassle could it be? More than you might think. But the good news is you can do virtually all of it online.

EVITE
www.evite.com
Easy-to-maneuver portal that covers nearly every party base, starting with an e-poll that asks your friends for the best day and time to schedule your hootenanny. A-

PARTY411
www.party411.com
This site has 14,000 pages of content and bulletin boards, with tips galore from the likes of ”Etiquette Queen,” ”Party Girl,” ”Game Girl,” and psychologist Sonya Friedman. B+

KOZMO
kozmo.com
Marketing hook: delivery within an hour in 11 markets. Selection: electronics (VCRs, digital cameras), household items (candles, martini glasses), and entertainment (DVDs, magazines, music). B

IPARTY
www.iparty.com
Kids come first at iparty: The Queen Amidala costume is the first clue. In the Spanish section, order ”Party Pack de Pokémon” (decorations, games). And there are lots of licensed characters among its merchandise, like Rugrats and Scooby-Doo. C