Whether it’s a whole house affair or an intimate dining room dinner party, I have one rule of hostessing: In the words of Rhianna, “Please don’t stop the music”. Keep the merriment alive by outfitting whatever type of holiday party you’re planning with one of these chic speakers.
Since you don’t want to spend the evening rushing back to the stereo to shuffle a playlist, all of these options sync to devices with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with a typical range of 30 feet. Now you decor doesn’t have to suffer, and you can stay on your DJ game, wherever the party may take you. Here are my wireless speaker picks for all kinds of holiday gatherings.
Nude Audio Move S, ($49.99)
You can’t carry a tune with out some … tunes! At three-by-three inches, Nude Audio’s Move S speaker is as portable as they come, with Bluetooth syncing for a caroling group’s musical backup. The silicone ring around the Move makes it so durable you won’t mind if little ones get their hands on it, and the color coordinated strap makes it easy to slip on your wrist and go. A rechargeable Lithium ion battery keeps the Move S in musical action for up to 8 hours, so prep those vocal cords!
Fireside Dinner for Two
Jambox Mini, ($179.99)
Holiday memories aren’t exclusive to hours spent creating feasts in the kitchen. Celebrate the extra family time with a mellow night in furnished with take-out, that reserve champagne from the cellar, and a Jambox Mini to set the scene. At six inches long by 2 inches high and weighing nine ounces, the Mini’s compact footprint lets you move it around from kitchen to dining room to living room floor and back again via Bluetooth connection. Plus, with its design-forward aluminum exterior available in nine colors, you won’t mind if the Jambox ends up captured in the middle of a Kodak — er, Instagram — moment.
Mod Grown-Up Dinner Party
Libratone Loop, ($499)
This Scandinavian beauty is a designophile’s dream, with its interchangeable Italian wool covers and two styling options— wall-mounted or shelf-propped. Libratone’s newest offering is Loop, a speaker that makes your music a sculptural work of modern art. The Loop uses Bluetooth alternatives: Wi-Fi-based DLNA streaming or Apple’s AirPlay— both provide slightly better audio quality than Bluetooth, but work just as well to keep you at the party, not fussing with the music. Show Loop off to your dilettante friends, then discuss its references to Lichtenstein… they’ll be impressed.
Neighborhood Open House
Sonos Play:1, ($199)
The newest and most compact Sonos sibling, the Play:1 can exist on its own or as part of a whole-house audio system, so you can enjoy the same holiday playlist in multiple rooms of the house. On it’s own, however, the Play:1 can sit in the kitchen and provide a wine-pouring and fruit cake slicing soundtrack. Sonos has three wireless speaker options which sync with one another over a Wi-Fi connection and use the Sonos app to stream Spotify, Pandora, and SiriusXM to the speakers. Use it alone and it’s great sound with a great footprint. But use it with the rest of the system and it’s like having a custom-built home audio system, without the in-wall wiring and hefty price tag.
Gatsby Costume Cocktail Party
Stellé Audio Pillar, ($349.99)
When the invite calls for something a bit more formal, the Stellé audio pillar adds sleek pizzazz. Available in three brushed metal hues and glossy white, the speaker might be voted the night’s best-dressed. Your 1920s soundtrack can stream to the pillar via Bluetooth connection, and when the party’s over you might want to bring it to the office, since it also doubles as a post speakerphone.
Tivoli Model One Bluetooth AM/FM Radio, ($259.99)
Pairing well with the a spread of shortbread and ginger cake, the Tivoli Model One AM/FM radio provides rich sounds to an open space like a kitchen. Its cherry wood finish is beautifully understated, making blend with your decor and a stand-out in your room all at once (and there are several different finishes to choose from so the options are plentiful). While guests may love the “retro” option of tuning into a local radio station’s Christmas music, the Bluetooth connection also lets the hostess keep a programmed playlist in her pocket. Now that’s icing on the cookie.