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.
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-
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+
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
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