I have been getting in the mood for Thanksgiving, how about you? I love the holiday season. Is it more rushed than the rest of the year? Yes. Is it stressful at times? Yes. But you know what else? It’s one of those times of year that just makes me feel happy. We emphasize warmth, coziness, comfort, and family, all things I need when my work life gets crazy.
I’ve been working some very late nights lately and yet, snuggled up with all my favorite fall things, I still feel happy! Today I want to share some ways you can get in the mood for Thanksgiving in your home. Having a warm, cozy home helps me balance out the stress from this time of year and maybe it will help you too!
There are a few crucial elements that make my home cozy when I’m getting in the mood for Thanksgiving.
There’s just something about adding fall color to your home that helps up-the-cozy-factor. When we moved into our house last year I bought these pillow inserts (they’re SUPER comfy and totally affordable). That way I can change out the covers for each season rather than having to switch out the entire pillow and find a place to store it. The only challenge has been finding affordable pillow covers that fit. Jane is my favorite place for affordable pillow covers but they are almost always made to fit 18″ x 18″ pillows.
Here are my recommendations for 20 x 20 pillows for fall from the image above:
- Under $20: Faux Fur 1 | White Quilted | Faux Fur 2
- Under $15: Jacquard Weave 1 & 2 | Faux Fur | Quilted White | Jacquard-Weave
- Under $10 Velvet: Orange | Golden | Green, Purple + 10 other colors
- Under $10: Patterned Orange and Charcoal | Red-Orange Linen | 12 color Canvas
Faux Fur Blankets
Every fall, I pull out my trusty brown faux fur throw from Threshold. It was the best birthday present ever and three years later, it’s still in great shape. They no longer make the same style but mine looks almost exactly like this one, at a better price. Threshold makes a great, affordable faux fur throw. I own this one and love it too. This brown one and this one are both similar to the one I own and would make great throws to cozy up your living room!
When I’m wrapped up on my couch in my perfect faux fur blanket, I always have a candle burning. Great scents calm me down and make me feel like I’m at the spa rather than grading or planning. Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles are my favorite. They last longer than most other candles and smell amazing. I kid you not, when I lit this candle last, the scent stayed for 2 days! Plus, they give a warm, flickering glow. I never buy these candles for full price. Sign up for the Bath and Body Works email list and wait until they are $12, then buy with a 20% off or more coupon.
- This one is my absolute favorite candle scent of all time. It leaves the room smelling bright and fresh.
- This one is the perfect spicy scent and this one is very like it, but with a deeper, richer scent.
- Finally, this one is the perfect complement for any of the above to burn in a different room, on its own, or to carry over between the Thanksgiving to the Christmas season. I wasn’t sure I would like it but it has really grown on me! It smells exactly like its name!
Finally, it’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned anything from my Glossybox subscription boxes, but I’ve had a few items recently that just give me the perfect fall scent! Both my husband and I are obsessed with this shower gel (also here). The foam is so silky and soft and the scent fills that whole area of the house with a wonderful orangey-spicy scent. It’s perfect for fall and winter!
Ok, so this one might not be for everyone, but for me…part of getting in the mood for Thanksgiving is starting to think about the foods of thanksgiving. Last year I shared some of my favorite thanksgiving recipes. This year I want to share some of the easy recipes we’ve made to get in the mood.
What are your favorite ways to get in the mood for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments below!