Help us build our Food52 Holiday App. What are your tried and true holiday entertaining tips?
I've rented coat racks a couple of time (most party rentals have them) - they are surprisingly inexpensive and very convenient. I set it up in a bedroom - beats throwing coats on the bed.
These removable hooks are genius! I use them (although not this brand specifically) for my kids because they need coat hooks at different heights and when they grow I can just move the hooks higher. I imagine they would serve well to add some additional coat hanging capacity during the holiday visiting rush.
I have on hand a couple of over-the-door racks (the kind with six hooks) that I bring out and set up if I need more space for guests' coats.
a) We don't even have a coat closet. There are hooks on the wall in an alcove near the entry. That said, b) when guests come, I can take our coats out and hide them so the guests can use the wall hooks, and also set up some 'trees' for extras.
A collapsable folding clothing rack, can be stored easily even under a bed and inexpensive. Not me in the picture.
There is one at Storables http://www.storables.com/garment-rack.html for $16.95 that is easy to dismantel and hide.
Ummm. Back in the day (dating myself, I know), it was acceptable to pile the coats neatly on a bed (yes, later you might find a small child or cat nestled in them). Is that not acceptable anymore? And now that I live in southern California, there aren't too many occasions when people arrive with coats. I guess that's another solution. ;-)