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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.


Chocolate Bundt Cake

Dear Friends, Trust me when I say this will be the best and most effortless birthday cake you ever serve, and I have proof! Last week my friend, Donna, and I needed a cake for a good friend’s birthday, but we had very little time between golf, a speaker we wanted to hear, and the birthday…

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What People Are Saying

“Your book is simply sensational! It’s such a complete guide for someone who doesn’t entertain often. Now that I have your step-by-step manual, I plan to do more!”