How to Throw a Party with Your Smart Home

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Warmer weather is here, which means garden soirées and impromptu pool parties are just around the corner. No matter what event you’re planning for the spring and summer months, playing host requires attention to detail and juggling lots of tasks, including welcoming guests and replenishing the appetizers and wine.

There are lots of special touches you can implement in a party setting that will make the event even more memorable and delightful for guests, like instant music and mood lighting. Make hosting more seamless than ever with a few smart home upgrades. We guarantee these ideas will help keep the good vibes flowing!

 
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Lighten Up

Smart lighting can take the mood of your party to the next level with a single touch. Invest in smart bulbs and solutions from Philips Hue, Lutron Caséta, LIFX, and OSRAM to automate the lights in any area of your home. If you want to start smaller, use a smart plug such as TP-link will let your current lightbulbs achieve smart status.

From there, start creating your own lighting designs using the free Yonomi App. Try soft, warmer light for a dinner party and brighter, blue light for a game night. For an outdoor gathering on the patio, you can create a glimmering wonderland using string lights as the sun sets. You can set up your smart lights to be triggered by a time condition, so you never have to worry about lighting being anything less than perfect at your party.

Create a new Routine in the Yonomi App called “Dinner Party Lights” with the following actions:

 
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Answer the Door

When you’re busy making conversation with friends and stocking the beer cooler, the last thing you want to worry about is if guests can enter your home (without having to resort to knocking). Your smart lock can be your saving grace to making sure guests are welcomed effortlessly. You can set your smart lock to automatically lock and unlock based on time preferences, all on your smartphone. If someone arrives late, you can let them inside remotely using the device’s app. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and August Smart Lock are both great options.

Create a new Routine in the Yonomi App called “Welcome Guests” with the following actions:

  • At 6:00 PM, Schlage Sense is unlocked

  • At 7:00 PM, Schlage Sense is locked

  • At 11:00 PM, Schlage Sense is unlocked

  • At 12:00 AM, Schlage Sense is locked

 
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Brighten the Mood with Music

Every fun festivity needs tunes to set the tone. With smart speakers, you can keep the music going without missing a beat. Simply set up a Yonomi routine with your desired playlist, volume level, and room choices. If you change your mind halfway through the party or someone has a request, simply tell your Amazon Echo or Google Home what you want to hear.

Your favorite records are fair game, too. If you decide to spin tunes on vinyl, the Sonos Play:5 speaker works with vintage and modern turntables that come with auxiliary cable outputs.

Create a new Routine in the Yonomi App called “Party Music” with the following actions:

  • Living room Sonos Beam play Sonos Favorite “Party Playlist”

  • Kitchen Sonos One play Sonos Favorite “Party Playlist”

  • Backyard Sonos Play:5 play Sonos Favorite “Party Playlist”

 When you run this Routine, Yonomi will automatically create a Sonos group and sync your Sonos speakers.

 

Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful with smart home technology on your side. You can throw a fun, efficient party and spend more socializing rather than worrying about the details that can easily be automated. What’s on your smart home entertaining checklist? Share your own party tricks in the comments.