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April 9, 2008

Welcome to the first entry of "Debra's Diary."  "Debra's Diary" is the forum (on-line blog) for you, our entertaining community to share thoughts and ideas.

As I pondered what my first message to all of you should be, my thoughts kept coming back to how came to be.

The seeds for Memorable Entertaining were probably planted in my mind from childhood. Because of my Greek heritage, food always figured prominently in my life. Cooking together and discussing recipes were part of family life growing up.

My grandfather, aunts and uncles owned restaurants around the U.S. (big surprise). I was known for filling the coffee milk pitchers, helping at the cash register and (I hate to admit) occasionally entertaining customers with my amateur song-and-dance routines. Combine this with a Southern mother known for her gracious entertaining, and voila. Memorable Entertaining was destined to be.

It took 32 years in corporate America and a milestone birthday to finally ask myself, "What do I love doing?" and to embrace the answer: entertaining and helping others successfully entertain.

My husband laughs and says I'm the only person he knows who reads cookbooks like novels.  He also discovered that the only channel on our cable TV was the food network!

Yet he knows it's all worthwhile. When we were invited to a 60th birthday party for a friend, one of the guests happened to be someone who dined at our home almost 10 years ago.  She introduced me to her new husband and proceeded to tell him, in detail, about our food, the table and our house. In surprise I said, "How can you remember all that? It was almost 10 years ago!"

Now with Memorable Entertaining, we'll show you how even the simplest meal presented with a little thought can go from nice to wow! with very little effort, creating an unforgettable experience.

I hope this is the beginning of what will be a very long and continuing chat with each other!



  1. I can't remember ever seeing a site so rich with ideas and options. This is a terrific resource, both for new and experienced entertainers. I love the fact that it brings back a tone of elegance to entertaining. So many of us have lost the desire to go beyond casual but this inspires me to go there again!
    Commented by
    Lynne Murphy
    February 16, 2019 at 9:33 AM
  2. What a terrific resource I am totally inspired and re energized I must admit that both the quality and quantity of my entertaining has fallen off in recent years but after reading dozens of amazing ideas here I see what a difference a little bit of forethought and attention to detail can make Thank you Debra, with your help I’m on my way to becoming a more gracious hostess
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    Sherri Nach
    February 16, 2019 at 6:49 PM
  3. I love this site. Its full of wonderful ideas and contains a wealth of information I am going to give a subscription to my sister-in-law for her birthday-
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    February 16, 2019 at 9:23 AM
  4. Finally a site where I can find everything I am looking for to assist me in planning unforgettable events at my home! I love your "Plate for All Seasons" video - it inspired me to create some fresh new looks with china I have owned for years. I have also already made several of your recipes - yummy! I can't wait for all the new content coming soon!
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    Pamela Collins
    February 16, 2019 at 11:18 AM

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