7 Ways to Make Your Home Cozier Than an Oversized Sweater This Thanksgiving

The tea’s a-brewing and the fireplace’s a-crackling. We’re getting Cozy at Home with warm-and-cuddly ideas for cooking, decorating, and more—so grab your fuzzy slippers and join us.

Thanksgiving is peering at us from around the corner, which means you’re well on your way to planning your festivities. If you’re one of those troopers who’ll be hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast (bless you), you’re probably already deep in menu planning mode (because it’s never too early), mapping out your grocery list in your head, taking stock of your mismatched dinnerware, dusting out the extra air mattresses, and getting ready to clean every corner of your home.

It can all be a little overwhelming, we know! If it gets a little zany, step back and remember that the most important part of the weekend is gathering under one roof and making everyone feel welcome. As for you, eating as much of this easy foolproof pumpkin pie as your stretchy pants will allow is a bit of a bonus. Wait—did we mention this recipe needs no crust? It doesn’t.

Below, our favorite, easy ways to make our homes look and feel as cozy as an oversized cable knit sweater-embrace.

Amp Up Your Curb Appeal

Guide your guests straight to your front door with the best decor on the block. Give your porch a good sweep, air out those welcome mats, line up the entryway with some choice winter squashes, and hang a cheerful wreath on the door. In fact, did you know how simple it is to make one yourself?

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Air it out

Once everyone’s inside, they’ll inevitably be greeted by all of the wonderful holiday cooking smells. To balance out all the heady aromas, create a homemade scent for some seasonal cheer. Throw some clove-spiked citrus fruit in a bowl on the coffee table or, separately, get a big simmer pot going (see how, below).

Light the way

The days are definitely getting shorter, which has us reaching for the light switch more often than we’d like. To make things feel better, you could add some candles to the lighting mix. Candles do more than just brighten up a room—they can totally transform a space, creating a warm glow for any holiday gathering. For the dining table, load up on shorter candles and votives—we’d recommend staying away from anything too scented, or candles that are too tall (awkward for conversations!). And consider our favorite on-demand ambience for high-traffic areas where they’ll get in the way of kids and pets.

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Grab a Spirited Drink

If you’re stocking a bar cart, you’ll need a killer non-alcoholic mixer. You can also add festive accents, in the form of hammered copper shakers, a vintage decanter, and jigger to set the tone for a stylish holiday season. Finally, show off your amateur mixology tricks with this infusion set, which comes with 7 pre-made infusions.

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Gather ‘Round the Holiday Tabletop

The dining table is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving Day. Make it as welcoming as the delicious spread to come: Mix and match your favorite dinnerware; skip ironing the linens for a more casual look; throw in some natural table decor (like clementines atop plates, or woody herbs to tie up those perfectly rumpled napkins). Here are some show-stopping (and foolproof) tablescapes that’ll ensure the most important things stay front and center: food, friends, and family.

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Line it up for Dessert

While everyone takes a little break from the big main meal, you can get the next course ready. Try setting up a more laid-back spread for all the sweet treats that await. Warm up your coffee jugs and teapots, line up your favorite mismatched mugs, and parade your desserts on a few cake pedestals.

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Kick Back & Relaaax…

With all the hardworking behind you, you deserve a rest. Go ahead, get that fire roaring. Make sure your living room and any outdoor lounge areas have plenty of cushy pillows and cozy throws for added warmth. Settle in with a warming beverage, and watch the games (or shut your eyes for a well-deserved catnap while others do).

Or if you still have energy to spare (you have our utmost respect), gather around for a board game or two. Nothing quite like it to rally the family around.

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DIY Twinkle Lights For Your Holiday Table

What are your favorite ways to ready your home for the holidays? Let us know below!
This post has been updated by the Food52 editors in October 2019 because the holidays are upon us again.


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