So much planning goes into Thanksgiving, but all it can take is one wine stain or one extra guest to throw that planning off. Fortunately, Egypt Sherrod, host of HGTV's "Property Virgins," has answers to many common Thanksgiving dilemmas.
1. You're hosting Thanksgiving this year and you are about to set your table but realize your tablecloth doesn't fit. What do you do?
Not to fear, you can still get that table covered! One option is to mix and match different table cloths and layer them on the table. If that's not an option, run to the bathroom and snatch your shower curtain, which can be washed and used on the table as a replacement.
2. What if there is a stain on the tablecloth?
You may see a stain, but Egypt sees an opportunity for a decorative accent. Pick up fallen leaves in your backyard and scatter them throughout the table — and particularly on the stain — for a embellishing and disguising look.
3. Looks like your niece brought her boyfriend and now you don't have enough matching drinking glasses. What should you do?
Grab any jam jars, roasted red pepper jars or olive jars. Store their contents in Tupperware, wash the jars and use those as drinking glasses.
4. What if you don't have enough matching plates now?
Grab two different plates and set them at the ends of the table for a uniform effect.
5. What do you do if you're missing a knife or a fork?
Have a drawer of elegant flatware or plastic silverware (that actually looks silver) for situations like these.
6. How can you make your own last-minute napkin rings?
Simply use string or ribbon that you have laying around the house and tie it around the napkins.
7. What if you decide last minute that you want to have assigned seating and need place cards?
Those leaves from your yard can turn into place cards, too! Spray paint the leaves, then write the person's name on each leaf with a marker and place it on their plate.
8. For those who get cranberry sauce, gravy and other Thanksgiving condiments out of jars, what can I do if my jar lid is too tight?
Grab the duct tape! Tape a piece around the lid, twist and it pops right off.
9. It's Thanksgiving morning and you realize you don't have a roasting rack for the turkey. What can be done?
You can make a roasting rack out of aluminum foil. Just roll a sheet of foil into a big spiral and place it under the turkey.