Open your home, open your heart, and give the gift of hospitality.

Inspiring ideas and practical resources

From our home to yours


I’m DeeDee Dalrymple, and I’m so glad you found your way to this site. As you’ll see, “welcome” is one of my favorite words. Whether as a newlywed hosting my first Christmas dinner or a mom cooking Saturday morning pancakes for our children and their friends, I have always enjoyed welcoming others into our home. Bringing people we care about together is more than serving a meal; it’s an expression of love.

I realize that not everyone feels this way. For some, entertaining is overwhelming and stressful. My step-by-step guide, Effortless Entertaining, along with our ongoing updates, will provide all the resources you need. My goal is to inspire the seasoned host as well as the most reluctant, and to make both feel more at ease.


Beer Can Chicken

Dear Friends, We Love Weeknights! I know you’ve heard me talk about Beer Can Chicken before, but I must bring it up again. It’s so quick, so easy, so good, and so good for you! Best of all it no muss, no fuss! Season the chicken, put it on the grill, and you’re done until…

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