Remember those episodes of Friends where Monica and Rachel would try to throw a party, but no one ever really came? I live a good thirty to sixty minutes away from most of my friends now that my husband and I moved to the suburbs, so I understand this experience. It can take a lot for people to take time out of their weekends to come over and visit, and getting a whole group involved can feel like an impossible feat!
How do you make your home more appealing to guests? There are some excellent smart products hitting the market that will help you throw house parties that are epic enough to keep your friends clicking the “going” button on every single Facebook invite you send out.
We’ve complied a list of the smart products that will help you create the ultimate house party atmosphere.
1. Impress Your Friends with Home Brews
Make sure to choose a hashtag-able name for your homemade beer. You’ll be the toast of Instagram.
Everyone appreciates a personalized, homemade item at a party. Most people don’t have time to prepare a whole meal (and why bother when catering tastes so much better?) Making something just for your party is a great way to get your guests to remember the event, though.
Home brewing has become incredibly popular in the past decade. In fact, you’ve probably heard a lot about it from at least one overly-obsessed set of brewing friends on your guest list. You don’t have to play chemist or spend copious amounts of time building your own brew, though. Smart products like the Pico Craft Beer Brewing Appliance make it incredibly simple to get in on this trend with minimal effort. You can track your craft beer through an application on your smartphone, so you’ll create the perfect homemade beverage with ease!
2. Bring the Bar Home
Home bars: Where literally everyone knows your name.
Everyone loves a good drink. Let’s face it, there’s just something about swirling a well-crafted cocktail (alcoholic or not) in your hand that makes any event feel more festive. If you haven’t been through bartending school, though, you might be making the mistake of serving the same middle school dance style punch over and over again. Nobody wants to go to a party that’s drink selection reminds them of awkward slow dances with the crush they had at 12 years old.
For a fast-tracked version of bartending school, the Perfect Drink App – Controlled Smart Bartending will have you pouring like a professional within minutes. As long as you stock your home bar well, you’ll be able to make any drink under the sun with exact measurements for perfect flavor. Believe me, your guests will remember that you’ve moved past the punchbowl.
3. Sing Your Hearts Out with a Bluetooth Microphone
Channel your inner Britney Spears.
What’s a party without entertainment? If you’ve ever had the experience of going to a karaoke bar, you know how fun it can be to get together with friends and poorly sing along to your favorite tunes. The downside to a karaoke bar is that you also have to listen to strangers’ poorly sung tunes.
With a product like this Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone you can bring the bar experience home, and you’ll avoid having to listen to people you don’t know sing songs you don’t like! This is a blast for themed parties like an 80’s or 90’s night. You might even find out one of your friends is a pop star in the making!
4. Control Your Entertainment with a Smart Remote
Start the party with the touch of a button.
One reason many people don’t want to throw parties is the time it takes to set everything up. Maybe you’ve grown lazy and have started just putting out a cheese platter and leaving all your remote controls out for guests to make their own entertainment choices. That’s a huge mistake, you need to create a festive atmosphere for your guests to get them into the party spirit!
Luckily, now you can set up your perfect party entertainment with the click of a button. Smart remotes like the Logitech Harmony Elite allow you to control all your devices (TVs, video games, lighting, speakers, and more) at once. They even have special settings like “dinner party” and “morning” that let you choose your preferences for any given situation in advance, and activate them with one simple click.
5. Create Perfect Party Lighting & Sound
Keep your guests engaged with light and sound.
The concept of “mood lighting” exists for a reason. Light actually does have a big impact on people’s moods, and creating a relaxing atmosphere with light can make your home feel warm and inviting. We certainly don’t all have time to run around the house lighting candles before a party, though, so a more efficient option is required.
Smart lighting is one of the most fun and simple ways to change the look and feel of your home quickly. Smart bulbs allow you to dim the lights all at once through an application on your smart phone. Even more amazing? These Sengled Pulse Dimmable LED Light Bulb with a Built-In Wireless Bluetooth JBL Speakers also allow you to play music (yes, right through your light bulbs!) throughout your home with ease.
Related: These Smart Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Will Light Up Your Life (and Play Music)
6. Cook Delicious Appetizers with Minimal Effort
Good food with no effort, what could be better?
If you want to keep your party guests for more than an hour, you should offer them something to eat. Going all out by cooking a full meal is an admirable feat, but not realistic for most of us! Having something delicious to offer your friends is a great way to keep your friends coming over for years to come, so finding an easy solution is important for your party planning needs.
A crock pot makes cooking simple, you can place all the ingredients for a dip or BBQ in the pot and let it slow cook all day with minimal upkeep. Smart crock pots, like the Smart WiFi-Enabled WeMo Slow Cooker, take this simplicity a step further by allowing you to check in on and adjust your creation from afar with your smartphone. Your friends will love that your signature Slow Cooker Chili Queso Dip!
Throwing an epic party doesn’t have to be an ordeal, smart products make it simple to put an event together in a snap. Your friends will love that you’ve got their needs covered, and they’ll be sure to show up to future events.
What kinds of entertainment do your friends look for at a party? Leave a comment below!
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