When someone cares enough about you to invite you for a visit, a trip, a meal or a family event, you naturally want to thank them. Although in our society a verbal thanks or a phone call the next day are more often used to thank someone who shows us hospitality, there are times when a note is very much appreciated. Everyone should know how to write a hospitality thank you note.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Notepaper or card
Know when to write. Anytime you are shown hospitality, it is fitting to write a thank you note. Do not let more than a week or so go by before showing your appreciation with a note.
Use good notepaper or a special card. It's best to compose your own thanks rather than just adding a sentence to an imprinted thank you card. If you and your family or friends are accustomed to exchanging thanks by e-mail, you may send your thank you note this way, but take some time and care with it.
Be sincere. The form is less important than the content. Start with the date, then add the person's name (such as Dear Uncle Edward). Give thanks in the first sentence, then add a few sentences that single out the particulars of the meal or the visit that you especially liked, such as, "It was wonderful to get to know your children a little better," or "What a great gathering of friends."
Show your affection. If you are thanking someone who is very close to you, affirm your ties of affection by adding a sentence about how much it means to you to be included in the her life. If you are thanking a more casual acquaintance, express a desire to get together in the future.
End with a final thanks and a closing such as "Sincerely," "Love" or "With warm regards." Capitalise the first letter of the closing. Sign your name below the closing.
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Tips and warnings
- With family members and close friends, enclose photos of the event or ask for recipes. Doing this also expresses your gratitude for being included.
- Be careful if you choose to e-mail your hospitality thank you note. Do not use this method if you have any question about whether this will be an acceptable way to send your note.
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