Five rad and romantic ways to turn your home into a karaoke bar

On Valentine's Day, warm up those pipes and start serenading.

Love is in the airwaves

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Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you.Greg Rakozy via Unsplash

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Mic check, mic check

VERKB wireless karaoke mic
VERKB wireless karaoke micAmazon

If your Valentine loves watching you make a fool out of yourself belting cheesy '80s tunes, consider turning your apartment into a romantic, private karaoke den. The portable VERKB mic, which connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices, has two built-in 6-watt speakers that provide 360-degree sound. It holds a 2600mAh charge—or enough for about 100 renditions of Love Shack. You can also record your performances for blackmail fond memories. $40.

Set the mood

Sunnest disco lights
Sunnest disco lightsAmazon

Any karaoke bar worth your time has disco lights, and your living room can have them, too. This lamp has three lighting modes, which means you can make the lights sync with the music. They can also strobe and slowly change colors. $12.

Candles, obviously

Heart shaped candles
Romance!Amazon

If you want to set the mood, but don't want your entire apartment smelling like fire or flowers, these heart-shaped, smokeless candles are a decent way to go. Plus you get 50 of them for $15. They burn for about an hour and a half and can float in water. Even if all you do for Valentine's Day is light all of these, it'll likely be the most romantic thing you've ever done. Just don't set your home on fire. Please.

Bottoms up

Mason Jar shot glasses
Mason ShootersAmazon

These shot glasses aren't Valentine's Day or karaoke-themed, but they are super freakin' cute. The set of Mason Shooters has eight, two-ounce glasses with accompanying silver lids. To make the drinks more Instagrammable, you make the shots all the colors of the rainbow. $13.

Tips for lyrics

Apple TV
Apple TVYouTube

To get karaoke-bar-style TV lyrics, pull up the karaoke version of your song on Youtube. With something like Apple TV, pulling your phone display onto the big screen is pretty straight-forward. Most other smart TVs and products, including Roku, have Youtube apps.

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