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Set a Sweet Scene with Home Automation

Treat your sweetie to a romantic evening at home. 

Set the tone 
Start with a simple home automation task: Dim the lights. Our 3rd generation Philips Hue Starter Kit has three smart bulbs and a hub; everything you need to get started. Get cozy with the Philips Hue app and you can use their preset “Candlelight Dinner Formula” to set a romantic scene in an instant. Hint: Turn off the other lights and let the colored bulbs truly shine. 
 
Make some music 
Whether your evening calls for an energetic soundtrack that gets your heart pumping or a smooth jazz playlist that goes on for hours, music is the magic that sets the scene. Connect the newest Amazon Alexa Echo or Google Home Wi-Fi, Hi-Fi digital speaker to your device’s playlist or try a free streaming music service, such as Pandora or Spotify. Hint: Find your perfect playlist ahead of time so you’re not gazing at your phone more than your companion.   
 


Table for two 
Dare to impress with the Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System. Pair your love of gadgets and good food with a smart pan and your smart phone for gourmet recipes the two of you can prepare together – with a system that shows photos step by step and sets the temperature just right so the only thing burning will be your love! 
 
If you prefer dinner ready right away, treat yourself to a foolproof countertop cooker for quick and easy cooking and clean-up. Our gleaming stainless steel Ninja 3-in-1 cooks a gorgeous coq au vin with no supervision, and the NuWave Pro Plus Oven steams a pair of lobster tails in about 10 minutes. Just add melted butter. Hint: Read through your chosen recipe twice to make sure you have all the essential ingredients on hand. 
 
Smart, simple alternatives 
If you’re not really a cook, date night probably isn’t the best time to learn. Take the stress off yourself and put that effort into making someone else feel special by finding their favorite film or discovering a new streaming TV series to binge watch all night long. Our big screen TCL 65” TV has Roku built in for a night at the movies anytime. Or, try streaming music and movies with the new Roku Ultra 4K streaming media player or a pocket-sized Google Chromecast.  
 
Trust the critics at Rotten Tomatoes to list the best streaming series of 2018 according to their “tomatometer”, which is based on hundreds of critics’ published opinions.  From quirky comedies to animation to terrifying murder mysteries, their top 20 will have something for everyone’s taste.  Hint: Make sure your feature film is available on your existing service, or download it ahead of time for smooth playback.  
 
Bonus points 
Surprise your sweetheart by cleaning up a few days before date night. Get dirty towels and laundry off the floor, recycle the junk mail, and load the dishwasher.  Then, delegate floor duty to a robotic vacuum cleaner. Most models clean for an hour or two without needing a recharge, so it may take some coordination to get the whole house done. Our Neato Robotics Botvac D5 has laser-smart precision for sucking up pet dander and dust bunnies, and connects to your home’s Wi-Fi through the Neato app so you can send it on secret missions from room to room while you’re at work.  Hint: Pick up small toys from the floor before you start the Botvac or you may spend the evening scavenging your robot dustbin. 



If you have 5 minutes  Dim the lights and cue up an all-night playlist.
If you have 5 hours

Make a Valencia frozen chocolate mousse for two in the morning for a perfectly timed moonlight dessert.

  • Mix two 3.5 oz orange-flavored dark chocolate bars with 1 egg and a cup of hot whipping cream in a tempered glass blender jar (like the Ninja Pro 1000).
  • Whip until smooth, then pour into a pair of dessert dishes or wine glasses.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours and garnish with ready-made whipped cream.