Twingle Invites & RSVP- Easy Event Invites from your Phone -Review



 

What we love..

Quick and easy to create and manage invites from mobile devices. Fun animated themes, integrated with Apple & Google calendars and Maps. Ability to add potlucks, polls and event schedules.

What we’d love to see…

Even more fun invite choices, ability to add notes when signing up for potluck dish

Summary

Twingle is a great free app without ads that is well worth trying out as an alternative to Evite or Punchbowl next time you are organizing a gathering. It is very easy to use and has enough features you may find yourself not willing to go back to your old invite service.

Our Rating

Twingle Invites & RSVP is a free app and service that allows you to easily create and manage event invites from your smart phone.  If you wish to create or manage your invites on your computer you can do so by visiting Twingle.com from your internet browser, but you don’t need to, as you can access all features from your phone.

To start creating an event you first need to download the free Twingle app on your phone or tablet. Then in the app you can create a free Twingle account and you can start creating events. The service is free to use and is integrated with the contacts on your phone so that you can easily sent it via text or email to anyone on your contact list, you can also manually add anyone not in your contacts. Recipients of your invites can open them in a browser without a Twingle account of their own, or can view them in the Twingle app if they create their own free account. Whenever you open the app it takes you to the home page where you can toggle between future and past events or create a new event.

Creating an Event

 

From the home page press the big + sign and you will be prompted to pick a theme for your event. The theme page displays invitations according to 6 categories : “featured”, Birthdays, Occasions, Weddings, Seasonal Holidays, and Social Events. You can scroll through the invites in each category or enter a search term e.g. “Cinco de Mayo”, “Christmas” or “Engagement to pull up invites more specific to the theme you want. There is also an option to create your own theme- which allows you to upload your own photo for a personalized invite.

To select a theme simply tap on the invite and you will see a sample invitation. Some of them have accompanying music or are animated, others are straightforward invitations. If you like what you see them you can enter your event details. This is really simple to do and involves much fewer steps than entering your event details in the Evite app. Instead of having to tap on every part of the invite to edit it you simply tap “enter details” and a screen comes up where you can enter all the event details in one place. You add an event title, start date and time and can optionally add an end date and time (great for invitations for a weekend gathering or a trip.) For entering the date it shows you a calendar so you don’t have to remember for instance if the last friday of the month is the 29th or 30th.

The event location is integrated with Apple and Google maps, which has dual advantages- the guests can see the location easily on a map plus it makes it easy for you to check a venue’s address. If you don’t know the event venue’s address you can enter the venue name e.g. “Pump It Up” and it will give you a choice if places with that name, when you pick one it will show on the map so you can check it is the correct location.

Your name (as host) and email address are automatically entered, but you can edit them if you wish.

Optional Extras

 

There are several other options you can activate if you wish, these include:

  • Allowing attendees to bring guests (and you can limit how many)
  • Sending a message to guests
  • Adding an RSVP by date
  • Requesting no boxed gifts
  • Hiding Guest list

Once you have entered your details you can see what the finished invite will look like. If you don’t like it it is easy to change the theme without starting over. Simply tap “change theme”, select a new theme and all the details will be transferred to the new invite. You can do this as often as you like until you are happy with the invite. Once you have settled on a final theme tap “create” and your invite will be saved.

Inviting Guests

Twingle accesses your contacts making it easy to find contact information for your guests and you can send invitations via email or via text messages to people in your contact list. You can also manually enter names and email addresses if you wish to invite someone not in your contacts. It is also simple to add a co-host to the event you can invite them from the same page that you invite guests from.

 

iPhone Screenshot 3Additional Features

Twingle also has several extra features you can use if it suits your event

  • Potluck sign up
  • Event schedule
  • Polls
  • Chat

 

Potluck

If you enable the potluck feature you can add a potluck sign up to the event. To add dishes you simply type them in  and they appear in a list with a sign up box. When a guest (or host) has signed up for a dish it is marked as taken and the name of the person supplying the dish is noted. Guests can also add their own dishes. I would like to see an option for guests to add a note when they sign up for a dish, e.g. if the host has “dessert” as an option the guest could write in what dessert they plan to bring to avoid duplication.

 

Event Schedule

This is a feature that I haven’t seen in other invite apps and I really like. It is especially useful for multi-day events or events that involve many distinct parts, so your guests know what to expect and when.

Within your event tap on “activities” and it will pull up the scheduler. Here you can create as many events within your main event as you wish. For each part you are prompted to enter a start and end time, title, description and notes. If its a multi-day event you can also pick which date it will be on. For each segment you can also upload a photo to represent that event.

 

iPhone Screenshot 5Polls

If you need help from your guests in deciding event details the polls section is where you can get it. Maybe you are having a pizza party and want to know whether your guests prefer cheese, Hawaiian, pepperoni or meat lovers ? Or perhaps you are arranging a friends get together and are undecided on which restaurant to go to – let your guests vote between your top picks. You can easily create polls with multiple questions and give a choice of acceptable answers.

 

Chat

The chat feature allows the hosts and guests to talk about details of the event before and after the event and also lets them upload photos of the event to share with other guests. As well as sending typed messages the chat lets you send a wide variety of gifs too.

 

Shareable Event Link

If you have an event, such as a popup boutique, craft fair or open house, that you want to invite the public or a wide range of friends and to you can opt to make the event public and Twingle will create a custom event link you can then choose to share this via email or Social Media directly from the Twingle app.

 

iPhone Screenshot 2Managing Your Event

Twingle also makes it easy to manage your events. On the homepage of the app you can see past and future events. Tapping on any event brings you to its’ dashboard where you can keep track of RSVPs, see the event details and edit them if needed. You can also easily invite additional guests, add potlucks, polls, activity schedules and check the event chat from here.

Twingle will send your guests automatic event reminders and as host you can easily send out custom messages or reminders too. If you have an important message or update for your guests you can send it out to everyone using the Announcement feature.

If you want to plan a similar event to a past event you can simply duplicate it with the touch of a button, you just need to enter the new date and time. You can keep the same invitation theme or switch it out for a fresh look, it also gives the option to duplicate the guest list or invite new guests.

 

Summary

 

Twingle is an app that is designed to make it easy to create and manage invitations from your smartphone or tablet. It is totally free, with no subscriptions and has no annoying adverts. I love how easy it is to create invites, the fun animated themes and how easily you can duplicate an event or change a theme without having to re-enter details. The integration with Maps and Calendars on both the mobile device and desktop makes it easy for both hosts and guests.

I love that is is very flexible for different types of events- not only does it have standard themes such as birthdays, weddings and Christmas parties, but it also has more causal events such as a guys night out, hang out, date night and soccer game, you can even upload your own image for a personalized invite.

The potlucks, polls, ability to create an event schedule and chat are nice additional features.

Twingle is a great free app without ads that is well worth trying out as an alternative to Evite or Punchbowl next time you are organizing a gathering. It is very easy to use and has enough features you may find yourself not willing to go back to your old invite service.

iTunes Link: Twingle Invites & RSVP – BitCompute

Twingle Invites & RSVP Twingle Invites & RSVP by BitCompute

Price: $FREE

Life is complicated, planning an event shouldn’t be.  Whether planning a large wedding, a surprise birthday party or a simple date night, Twingle is a fun and easy app to help you organize your social.

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


The iMums Favorite Apps for Valentines Day



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With Valentines Day just around the corner, a great way to get in the mood is to share some Valentine’s themed apps and stories with your children.  Here are some of our favorite apps that feature Valentine’s Day or Love – whether it be for a child, parent, grandparent or friends.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

In this classic story from Mercer Mayer it’s Valentine’s Day and Little Critter is excited as they are having a big Valentines Day party at school. This is a great storybook app for young children as it prepares them for all the Valentine’s day activities they will typically do in pre-school and early Elementary School. It features word highlighting as it is read, record yourself options and touchable words.

 

iTunes Link: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! – Oceanhouse Media

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $1.99 USD

*** Featured By Apple - Valentine's Day Fun for Kids ***
*** Top 10 Book Apps - February 2015 ***
*** 100 Noteworthy Apps From 2015 - Children's Technology Review ***
"Looking for a solid app.

Elmo Loves You Pop up Storybook App by Story Toys.
Adorable Elmo and his Sesame Street pals are the stars in this pop -up storybook app. Elmo narrates the sweet simple story and explains that everyone has something they love. On each page Elmo gives examples such as birds love to make music, babies love to make noise and kids love toys. There are lots of fun interactions to find and familiar Sesame Street characters appear throughout the app.
Read our full review here
iTunes Link: Elmo Loves You! – StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Elmo Loves You! Elmo Loves You! by StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Price: $2.99 USD

This is a storybook and early-learning reading app, which will help teach your child about love and friendship as you enjoy storytime together.

** Winner of The Appy Awards Best Book App **

Lipa Knight Valentines Day Edition by Lipa Learning
The brave Lipa Knight is on a mission to rescue the princess from the Cyclops. To save her he needs to get to her , but lots of bridges on the route have fallen down. the player helps the knight on his way by building the bridges and learning some physics principles on the way. The app has just had a Valentine’s themed update.

Read our review

iTunes Link: Lipa Knight Valentine’s – Lipa Learning s.r.o.


Lipa Knight Lipa Knight by Lipa Learning

Price: $FREE

In this logic puzzle game, be the hero and build bridges to help the knight rescue the princess from the speedy cyclops!

• Build bridges and roads across beautifully-animated lands
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I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley by Oceanhouse Media

This is Ziggy Marley’s first children’s book and is based on his 2009 song of the same name. It is about the power of love between a parent and child. It has bright colorful engaging illustrations by Ag Jatkowska and there is even an option to hear Ziggy sing the whole song.

iTunes Link: I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley


I Love You Too - Ziggy Marley I Love You Too - Ziggy Marley by Oceanhouse Media

Price: $3.99 USD

Sing and play with Ziggy Marley as you explore his first children's book based off the song from his Grammy Award winning album "Family Time!" Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the.

I Love You All the Time by Cookie Bear Press

Delightful adaptation of the print book for young children and their families to read together, especially if family lives far away or children simply need reassurance that Mommy and Daddy will always love them no matter what they do. This simple bedtime story features rhyming verse with heartfelt sentiments and bright, simple colorful graphics. The app also has lots of hidden animations, a song and a record it yourself option.
Read our full review

 

 

iTunes Link: I Love You All The Time – Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

I Love You All The Time I Love You All The Time by Cookie Bear Press, Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

REVIEWS: "...should not be missing in your kids apps collection." topbestappsforkids.com

The light animation and digital enhancements are perfect for the toddler set. Highly Recommended!" www.

Will & Kate by Ink Robin
Will & Kate is about the real life fairytale romance between Prince William and HRH Kate Middeton, Duchess of Cambridge. It is told with hand drawn cartoons, interactive animations and lots of British humor. Sheep and corgis pop up a lot, and kids will have a lot of fun with this app from Ink Robin, and it is currently FREE
iTunes Link: Will & Kate – Ink Robin

Will & Kate Will & Kate by Ink Robin

Price: $FREE

'Will and Kate is a charming, clever, witty and utterly gorgeous e-book. I want to read it over and over again forever ... This is truly one of the best e-books I've seen.' Kids Book Review

'Oozing.

Draw With Hearts- Happy Valentine’s Day by L’Escapadou

Have fun creating your own Valentines Day pictures with this free app from L’Escapadou -the developers of the popular educational apps Word Wizard and Writing Wizard. You can turn your own photos into Valentine’s Day cards by adding animated pulsing hearts in different colors and sizes.

iTunes Link: Draw with Hearts – Happy Valentine’s Day ! – L’Escapadou


Draw with Hearts - Happy Valentine's Day ! Draw with Hearts - Happy Valentine's Day ! by L'Escapadou

Price: $FREE

Note: Screenshot feature does not work anymore in iOS6. So please use the following workaround:
-Press the Home button (the main button below the screen) and Sleep button (on the top edge of the device.

I Love You to the Moon and Back by Auryn Apps

This simple, beautifully illustrated book by Sue Shanahan celebrates a parents love for their children. It has no animation and the only interactivity is naming of objects when touched but it is  beautifully illustrated and beautifully narrated with word highlighting as it is read. A lovely, simple, heartfelt testament to love.
iTunes Link: Love You to the Moon & Back – Auryn Inc.

Love You to the Moon & Back Love You to the Moon & Back by Auryn Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

▶ ▶ "Bedtime Is Out Of This World With Love You To The Moon And Back" - Apptudes
▶ ▶ Celebrate the unconditional love you have for your little one with this charming & soothing bedtime storybook.

My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day by PlayDate Digital.

Little pony fans will enjoy this Valentines-themed storybook app. It is Hearts and Hooves Day in Ponyville – a day when ponies celebrate friendship and caring for one another. The fillies get carried away trying to find a special friend for their teacher Miss Cheerilee. Everything goes wrong but they manage to put it all right and learn a valuable lesson in the process and that Hearts and Hooves Day is really about friendship and caring for one another.

iTunes Link: My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day – PlayDate Digital

My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day by PlayDate Digital

Price: $2.99 USD

It's Hearts and Hooves Day, and all of Ponyville is celebrating friendship!

But that’s not enough for Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom! They want to help their teacher, Miss Cheerilee.

Wubbzy Loves You by Cupcake Digital
A Valentine’s themed app that will appeal to Wow Wow Wubbzy fans. It was time for the annual Wuzzleburg Friendship Day, Daizy and Wubbzy are sad as they haven’t received any Friendship cards. They set out to investigate and end up saving Friendship Day for all the Wuzzleburg residents.

iTunes Link: Wubbzy Loves You – Cupcake Digital

Wubbzy Loves You Wubbzy Loves You by CUPCAKE DIGITAL INC.

Price: $2.99 USD

*** Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Wubbzy and enjoy a sweet friendship story with fun games and holiday themed coloring pages

***Famigo APProved!


***"Your little one will be refining.

A Hug and a Kiss by Tizio BV.
This is sweet simple story for toddlers from Dutch author Sienke de Rooij and illustrator Tineke Meirink. A young boy is looking for a nice hug and a kiss, and he looks in all sorts of places including with his cat, fish, puppy and a variety of wild animals. None of them gives him a nice hug or kiss until he finds his little sister….

iTunes Link: A hug and a kiss! – Tizio BV

A hug and a kiss! A hug and a kiss! by Tizio BV

Price: $0.99 USD

This storybook for toddlers “A Hug and a Kiss” is one in the series of 5 digital children's books known as “Sieneke & Tineke”; by children’s books team writer Sieneke de Rooij and illustrator.

 

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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