Thanksgiving is just around the corner—are you ready to host a big turkey dinner for your family and friends? Party planning can be stressful (especially around the holidays), but this year, it doesn’t have to be if you get a helping hand from Z-Wave smart home devices. Here’s how you can use smart home tech to make Thanksgiving dinner prep a little easier:

Welcome your guests with smart locks, smart doorbells, and smart sensors 

It’s hard to play the welcoming hostess when you’re in the kitchen getting dinner ready, but with a smart doorbell, a smart lock and a couple of smart sensors, you can let Z-Wave technology act as your co-host this Thanksgiving.  

For instance, a smart doorbell gives you eyes and ears to see who’s knocking at the front door—even if your hands are dirty in the kitchen. Just use your smart lock to open the door for your guests, so they can join you inside, without ever having to abandon your turkey day feast.  

It’s more than likely that you won’t be locking the door behind every guest, but you’ll still want to know when people are coming and going. Install a smart door sensor on your front door, so you can be notified on your smartphone in the kitchen every time a new guest arrives. The smart door sensor can also let you know when your front door was opened but not closed, so you don’t have to worry about a guest accidentally leaving the door ajar. 

Keep your kitchen cozy with a smart thermostat 

Things can get hot when you’re cooking in the kitchen all day, but a smart thermostat with Z-Wave technology can help you keep your house at just the right temperature, so you and your guests are always comfortable.  

For example, if you know that you’ll be cooking the turkey in the oven from about 2:00 to 4:00, you can program your smart thermostat to keep the temperature low during those hours so your kitchen doesn’t over heat and get too stuffy with the oven on. Then, program the thermostat to automatically increase the temperature after the turkey is cooked, so you and your guests can relax and eat in perfect comfort.   

Set the perfect holiday mood with a smart voice assistant and smart lighting 

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner solo this year without a co-host? While you’re busy in the kitchen cooking, you can let your virtual co-host, Amazon Alexa, help you keep your guests entertained.  

For instance, your guests can use voice control to easily command the smart speaker to turn on their favorite music playlist, so you don’t have to juggle playing cook and DJ.  

You can also use smart lighting with Z-Wave technology to help you adjust the party mood throughout the evening.  

Create a “Cooking Scene,” that turns on all the bright lights in the kitchen, so you can focus while you’re cooking. Then, when it’s finally time to enjoy that turkey dinner, command Alexa to switch to your “Dinner Scene,” where the lights in the kitchen turn off and warm, dimmer lights turn on in the dining room. Bon Appetit!  

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be both a pleasure and a burden, but this year you can get a little extra help with Z-Wave smart home devices. Get ready for the season with all the smart tech you need, all in one place on the Z-Wave site.