How to host the ultimate dinner party with smart tech
Fancy making your dinner soiree a little smarter? Wow your guests with a little help from smart technology. But it’s not just about impressing the party – a smart home can take away the stress of hosting and instead, throw in some fun!
Smart voice control
The Amazon Echo smart speaker can be quite the party starter. From selecting the right soundtrack to match the mood to making important announcements – Alexa knows how to catch the attention of your guests.
Alexa: the party planner
Using voice control gets the party started in more ways than one. Alexa can help you stock the cupboards by creating a shopping list for you. Add your dinner party essentials to your list just by simply asking, then tick off items as you go by using the Alexa smartphone app in the store.
Alexa: the announcer
It can be quite a task gathering everyone and breaking up the party to let everyone know that dinner's served. That's why it's a good idea that Alexa does all the hard work for you.
Using Alexa Announcements, simply broadcast a message through the Echo speaker. This feature is perfect for announcing the important messages that your guests won’t want to miss!
It can be daunting choosing a playlist to keep all your guests happy. But don't worry, you don't have to stress anymore – leave it to Alexa to curate the perfect soundtrack to your night.
There are millions of tracks available as Amazon Echo supports many music streaming apps. Gone are the days of trawling through the CD collection and digging around for the remote – now you can control the volume, pause and skip tracks just by using your voice.
Add a touch of atmosphere with smart lighting
Want to create a cosy gathering for family or kick-start the party for a night with friends? Then Philips Hue smart lighting can do the trick! Transform your home into the perfect party setting with colour-changing bulbs. Take a look at more cool features these bulbs boast below:
Kitchen timers are out – light reminders are in!
Picture this: the party is well and truly underway, guests are pouring through the doors and music fills every room but while entertaining you don’t hear the kitchen timer – oh no, the food!
Instead, use the light reminder that can be set through the Phillips Hue app. Simply set your lights to flash when it's time to take the food out of the oven.
You won't have to fear missing the timer and serving up dinner 'with a touch of charcoal' to your guests ever again!
Lights to match the music
The Hue smart app has many party tricks up its sleeve! Simply sync the radiant colours to the sound of the music by pairing your Amazon Echo speaker with your Hue bulbs through the Philips Hue Bridge. You can create the ultimate light show to make your party one to remember!
Time to wind down? Dim the lights at the end of the night
It's been an evening full of fun. The last of the guests are on their way home and the only thing you can think of is putting your feet up and relaxing. With the help of the Hue app, you can transform your party living room into a cosy, safe haven.
Dim the lights and adjust the colours to create a calming atmosphere. You won't even have to leave the sofa!
Smart plugs have the power to impress by helping to reduce your energy usage. Take a look at how you can keep the party energy alive and keep your bills down.
Power of the voice
Switch on and off your kitchen appliances with ease with smart plugs. Don't worry if you have your hands full with drinks and dishes. If you've connected your plugs through the Alexa app, you can have your appliances under control using your voice alone.
Power of the app
Don't worry if you forget to turn off some appliances once you've left the room. The TP-Link HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plug has an app so you can control your power wherever you are; at home or out and about.
As well as keeping your home safe all year round, smart security cameras can be handy when hosting a dinner party. They can be the perfect way to check who’s arriving. It’s like having your very own bouncer so if you’re not on the list you’re not coming in.
If the party's already started, it may be quite difficult to hear the doorbell as more guests arrive. With a Ring Doorbell, you can choose to get notifications when your company arrives. That way, you can avoid leaving your guests out in the cold and give them a nice a warm welcome.
As a host, it’s the small details that count. If your guests are caught out in the rain, make sure your heating is just right so that they're welcomed into a cosy home.
Control the temperature on the go
The combination of the Netatmo thermostat and radiator valves allow you to easily control your home’s temperature through your phone. Simply adjust the temperature through the app. That way you can always make sure that your guests are not too hot or too cold wherever they are in the house.
Smart tech is more than just a conversation starter. It can radically change the way you manage your home. With the help of smart apps, you can control your home through your fingertips no matter where you are in the world.
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