To some, sending a thank you card may be considered an old-fashioned practice. Being raised in the south and by parents who value these “old-fashioned” manners, I was taught to always express my thanks in writing and in person. It’s a habit that I cherish still today and to be honest, wish I saw more of. Personally, I love to receive cards and letters in the mail (especially handwritten ones) and genuinely enjoy writing cards to others.
Expressing your gratitude to guests for attending your dinner party or to your host for treating you to a night of celebration is a thoughtful and appreciative gesture, even if it is rarely practiced. At This Soirée, we try to integrate the classic and modern, old and new by implementing timeless manners and polite etiquette with modern style and fresh creativity. Below, I share how to write a thank you note like a true southerner and where to find the best stationery around.
How to Write a Thank You Note:
1. Address the Recipient — announce exactly who you are thanking and always make sure you spell the recipient’s name correctly.
Example: “Dear Sarah,”
2. Express Your Thanks — state your gratitude for the specific gift or service that was given.
Example: “Thank you so very much for the scented bubble bath that you gave me for my birthday.”
3. Describe Your Reasoning — explain why you are thankful for it or what you plan to do with it/how you plan to use it.
Example: “I have been loving bubble baths at the end of the day lately and can’t wait to try this new pomegranate scent.”
4. Share a Personal Connection — wish them luck on an upcoming event or occasion in their lives, offer them a genuine compliment, or state that you’d like to get together again. Show your investment in them as a person and nurture your relationship with them.
Example: “I hope you were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend and I look forward to our next lunch date soon!”
5. Restate Your Thanks — reaffirm your gratitude with a second statement.
Example: “Again, thank you for your kind gift and friendship.”
6. Closing — end with a simple phrase or remark and your name.
Example: “Sincerely, Kendra”
A thank you note doesn’t need to be anything extravagant nor time-consuming; it simply needs to be thankful and genuine. Cultivating a grateful attitude not only shows appreciation to those who host you or take time to attend your event, but it also improves your own personal health. Let’s all be a little bit more “old-fashioned” and thank each other, shall we?
Here are some of my favorite thank you cards around the web right now: