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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.


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Dear Friends, It’s March Madness … and while everyone is talking about spring, I must let you know, I am talking, reading, breathing basketball! Check out this fun article from one of my favorite WSJ writers, Jason Gay, “I love Duke, please forgive me.” Even if my beloved Tar Heels lose at some point, perish the…

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“DeeDee, I dished your “Dash” for dinner tonight. Delish!!”