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How to Make Your Thanksgiving Special

Do you have a favorite stuffing, are you wondering what to wear for Thanksgiving? Do you want some ideas to entertain your guests big and small? You have come to the right place. Let’s talk about how to Make Your Thanksgiving Special. As always I am joining Mary Ann and Annie for some Sunday fun.


This week’s outfit features this gorgeous Peruvian Connection Sweater Coat and their fabulous turtleneck (the absolute best in my opinion). I styled it with my new favorite Kut from the Kloth jeans (on sale), inexpensive horn accessories, and those fabulous Born Driving Mocs in a gorgeous fall hue.



If you are having a large group like us you might enjoy an icebreaker to get everyone acquainted. You Could Design Your Own or purchase this digital Find the Guest download from Etsy.

find-the-guest-thanksgiving bingo


Are you wondering what to take to your favorite hostess on the big day? Here are some favorites for every budget.

hostess gifts for every budget


Are you looking for some projects to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day? Look no more. Good Housekeeping compiled a list of 55 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids of All Ages.


We do two stuffings, one stuffing, and one dressing ( if we want to be proper). I have been making these two for years and this year will be no different. I am sorry I do not have any pretty pictures. I think both of these recipes were in Bon Appetit back in the early nineties.


This usually is everyone’s favorite. It has lots of vegetables and has a little zip. I cook this stuffing in the bird.


This stuffing is made with sourdough bread, so it is a little more interesting than your standard oyster stuffing.


I am trying to get some gift guides out to you before the cyber sales. I rounded up the tools and accessories I am either coveting or already own. I hope you can find something the gardener in your life might enjoy.



Somehow, next week’s outfit of the week ended up as the featured image this week. I have no idea how that happened. So since it popped up I will post the details about that outfit as well. I guess you get two outfits for one this week!!

outfit of the week casual holiday

That’s it from my desk this week. Thank you so much for reading How to Make Your Thanksgiving Special. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Now let’s pop over and visit Annie and Mary Ann for their Sunday favorites.



Reader Interactions


  1. Juliet says

    Love all your gift and outfit ideas. That sweater coat is amazing! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  2. Karen B. says

    That Cajun made my mouth water just imagining the flavors. I love both outfits. Such classics and comfy too.
    Sorry I’m a little late, my Austin family just left after a week-long stay. Two great grandkids can wear a grandma out. ☺️

  3. Sheila-Merle Johnson says

    I love the Peruvian collection sweater, although a bit expensive. So glad for your recommendation of their turtleneck. We both love them and have traded suggestions before. I’ll try this one, maybe even the patterned one. Just bought the Kut jeans. I hope they will fulfill the short jean hole in my wardrobe. Sending hugs and wishes for a happy holiday, smj

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Sheila-Merle

      Yes the Peruvian items are pricey, but excellent quality. They are definite investment pieces.Their turtlenecks are the absolute best in my opinion. I have some that are so old and still going strong!

  4. Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says

    Cindy, I love your thanksgiving outfit! As for the red sweater outfit, great minds think alike! I have that very same sweater in my cart and on my post tomorrow.
    I am going to check out the bingo and the games as we have kids who love games coming for dinner.
    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Carmie says

    Loved seeing the dressing and stuffing recipes. In New Orleans Oyster Dressing is very popular. It is similar to yours. We use dried French Bread ( New Orleans style) , with oysters, yellow or white onions, green onions, garlic, a lot of butter, eggs and small amount of parsley. Everyone use to stuff the turkey until it became a health
    hazard. We are traveling to my sister’s this year but we are taking the oysters and French bread with us. Just can’t give up some customs!!
    Have a great thanksgiving with your loved ones!

  6. Annie Diamond says

    You outfit of the week for Thanksgiving is perfect! I can see you in your new den wearing this! And pretty much your entire home inside and out! Beautiful warm colors. Love that red cardigan from Alex Mill too! I had my eye on that last year!
    First of many thanksgivings in your new home! So exciting!

  7. Barb L says

    I love the pretty (looks like Thanksgiving) fall outfit, and all the accessories. Already ordered the shoes, and will look at the turtleneck. The game looks like fun, and thanks for all the great gift ideas , hostess and garden! Have a beautiful holiday, enjoy your family.

  8. Leslie Toms says

    So glad you accidentally posted the Christmas outfit today. I think I need those silver flats and maybe the red sweater. The Thanksgiving outfit is lovely but I just can’t wear those colors.

    Thank you for so many great holiday ideas.

  9. Francesca B says

    Lovely post thank you Cindy. I bought that hose pot years ago now and it still looks amazing and gives me a thrill. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for the joy and happiness you give ! Xo

  10. Sarah says

    I ordered those Born driving mocs after last week’s post. Sadly, not for narrow feet.
    Love the OOTW! But like others, I’m curious about the red sweater outfit. Was that a teaser?

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Sarah

      Booboo on my part! That outfit was for next week. It was picked up as my featured image. I must have accidentally checked the photo. I have no way of knowing until it posts! It is posted and linked at the bottom of the post now.

      • Cindy Hattersley says

        Hi Colleen

        Well, that is interesting. That outfit was for next week. Somehow my media library picked it up as the featured image this week. I have placed it at the bottom of the post with shopping links. I guess this week you get two outfits for one!!

      • Cindy Hattersley says

        Hi Cyndi

        I just posted the details at the bottom of the post! That was meant to be next week!

  11. Jenni says

    Morning, love your blog! I too LOVE the red sweater with embroidered blue flowers with blue jeans (posted in right hand corner….can you please share the link to where you got the sweater from.


  12. Gray says

    Hey Girl! I love the outfit! I didn’t know about the Peruvian tnecks – good to know! Love that line.
    We do not make two stuffings, but two starches – we have potatoes and rice! We have had rice and gravy since we were little – my Nanny made that. Never potatoes. It’s very southern.
    I have that hose pot and it is wonderful. Thanks for the great ideas! Have a wonderful and it sounds like – HUGE – thanksgiving.

    • Nancy says

      Your Christmasy outfit that shows up as the cover photo in your email … is a must have! Help… I do not see any links for it. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas

      • Cindy Hattersley says

        Hi Nancy

        Editor’s boo boo! That was next weeks outfit. I have linked the photo and links at the bottom of the post.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Mary Ann

      Howard will be using them once your backyard is done! You are going to love that!

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