Time-starved parents would say that one of the most onerous parts of throwing a party for little ones is wrangling invites and managing RSVPs. Luckily, there’s a new batch of easy-to-use, well-designed mobile invite apps that aim to put party planning right in the palm of your hands. You are cordially invited to flip through our picks for best apps that’ll help everyone avoid being tardy for the party.

Invitd

Collecting e-mail addresses to send out party invitations is so last year. Sending invites and managing RSVPs via text message is the no-brainer that Invitd hopes to solve. With more than 150,000 events hosted and 3 million invitations sent, this convenient app has become a serious contender against old-school e-mail party invitation services. Using standard text messaging, party planners can choose from dozens of template designs or upload their own pics. Invitees can instantly add events to their smartphone calendars, while party organizers can track opened invites, RSVPs and number of guests in real time. Additional in-app purchases offer further design options as well as a concierge service.

Available for iOS and Android, Free with in-app purchases.

What are your favorite digital invitation apps? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng