Thanksgiving is not an easy holiday to handle, let alone host. Your relatives are all congregating in your home, you’re lugging out all your extra table settings, you’re cooking 60 things at once, and you still haven’t dealt with whatever’s happening for dessert. That’s why knowing solutions to common Thanksgiving fails is necessary to preventing you from tearing your hair out on the big night, as even one small thing can feel huge when you’re trying to put the big picture of the meal together. Although hosting the holidays can be a lot of fun, maintaining composure in the midst of chaos is a challenge for even the chillest of people. When you’ve got what feels like a million things on your plate, it’s impossible not to be a little on the verge of a meltdown when a complete and utter fail happens.
Even if you prepared for the perfect night, and the Type A in you is one hundred percent confident in your organizing skills, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. Having several solutions ready to go in your back pocket once things do go awry (and something will go awry) will allow you to keep your cool under pressure, and won’t let whatever fail did occur get in the way of everything else. And if you’re reading this because something went horribly wrong already, don’t worry—it’s exactly why we compiled this guide in the first place. So take your head out of your hands and learn these solutions to common Thanksgiving fails. Everything's going to be OK.