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 membership into the Effortless Entertaining community, 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.


Chocolate Chess Pie

Welcome to the February Dash! We have loved hearing from you! I’m delighted that so many of you enjoyed the Roasted Fish Casserole from the January Dash. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s reward ourselves for a healthy January by spending some quality time with our one true love: chocolate!  I give you . . . Chocolate Chess Pie. First things…

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