Smart Home for the Holidays
Though it always seems to sneak up on us, the holiday season is here. (Weren’t we just in shorts and flip flops, taking day trips to the beach?) And with the holidays comes a flurry of gathering of all types and sizes. Perhaps you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the whole extended family, or maybe you’re opting to do a smaller Friendsgiving instead. Or is Christmas brunch on your to-do list this year? Whatever your hosting plans, you can put your smart home to work for you to help create an inviting, comfortable, and memorable experience for your guests. Here are some tips:
1. Set the Scene: If you have an automated home, now’s the time to put those customized scenes to work for you. Create one or more now, so that you don’t have to worry about it on the day. For example, for Thanksgiving dinner, think about dimmed lights in the dining room, soft music in the background, no music in the TV room where the game is on, and outdoor lights on at a certain time to welcome guests.
2. Put your DJ hat on: Set the mood for your party with some curated playlists. Perhaps some lively music for meal prep in the kitchen, instrumental music for during dinner, or traditional holiday tunes, if that’s your thing.
3. Light the way: Welcome your guests from the minute they pull up to your house with a brightly lit exterior. It’s not only cheerful, but necessary to help guests navigate from the driveway to your house. If you don’t have much in the way of outdoor lighting, consider an upgrade and use smart technology so you can control them with the touch of a button.
4. Upgrade your TV: Many holiday traditions include gathering around the TV to watch thinks like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the football game, or “It’s a Wonderful Life”. If it’s been a while, now might be a good time to consider upgrading your TV. 4K TVs (also known as Ultra HD TVs) are the latest innovation, are more affordable than ever, and offer the best picture available.
5. Get secure: If you’re leaving rather than hosting this year, make sure you’ve got a smart security system in place. Think: surveillance cameras, lights on/off on a schedule, and smart door locks.
With your smart home and a little planning ahead, you’re guaranteed to be the “host with the most”. Got any other suggestions for smart home party planning? Drop us a comment!