As soon as possible after you get home from visiting someone for an overnight stay, attending a celebration, or going to a dinner party, proper etiquette dictates sending a thank you note. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should convey your deepest gratitude. The host or hostess thought enough of you to invite you and most likely made sure you had a nice time, so this is a small gesture that can go a long way.
You need to include certain elements for the most effective message. Always start your letter with a comment of thanks. Add something specific about the time you were there. Close with something about seeing the person again, and don’t forget to sign your name. You may send a gift of gratitude, even if you brought a host or hostess gift, but it isn't necessary.
Sample of a thank you letter after an overnight visit:Dear James and Jill,
Thank you for your hospitality and allowing us to stay in your home last weekend. We had a wonderful time in your lovely home. The meals you prepared were delicious, and merely thinking about that lemon meringue pie you served for dessert makes my mouth water.
You made us feel like family the entire time we were there. Please let us know if you can visit us in Portland so we can share our home with you. We look forward to seeing you again.Always,
Angela and Sam
Sample of a thank you note after a celebration:Dear Peggy,
Thank you so much for inviting me to your promotion party. I had a wonderful time, and it’s a night I’ll never forget. I particularly liked the game of office charades. It helped everyone get to know each other’s lighter side. I hope you enjoy your new position with your company.Warmest regards,
Sample of a thank you letter after a dinner party:Dear Zeke,
Thank you for the delightful dinner party last night. The veal was cooked to perfection, and the wine selection was perfect. I had a wonderful time getting to know some of the other people and having a chance to catch up on what’s happening with you. I look forward to getting together again soon.Your old friend,