For those, like me, who are terrified of what hospitality has become in the age of Pinterest and 24/7 home and garden television, Jen Schmidt’s Open-Door Living is a breath of fresh air, showing how to make things comfortable and cozy for guests without losing your mind or spending a lot of money.
The book carries on the theme of Schmidt’s previous book, Just Open the Door, framing hospitality in terms of creating an inviting, welcoming atmosphere that points others to the glory of God. In doing so, it takes a load of those of us who can’t make zucchini bread without requiring stitches (true story!).
This gift book makes planning simple with a few recipes, checklists and entertaining ideas that anyone can handle. I can’t wait to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake bars that use refrigerated cookie dough instead of whipping up a batch from scratch.
Personally, I love that it acknowledges that only certain areas of the house have to be cleaned in preparation for guests – and offers a room by room checklist.
The book isn’t large, and is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to entertaining. It is, however, a wonderful, visually gorgeous presentation that will likely inspire the reader’s own creativity.
Disclaimer: Thanks to B&H Publishing for giving me a copy of the book for my honest review.