I recently received the thank you note below from my mom. I am sharing it as a dinner get together thank you note example. In this situation, I took pizza and breadsticks to Jennifer’s (my sister) and shared it with my parents, my oldest sister, and Jennifer’s family.
The thank-you note says:
Just a quick note…It was so nice of you to provide all the pizza and breadsticks. The thin crust is very good. I think everyone had a good time at Jennifer’s. Eating and family go together.
Love, Dad and Mom
What makes this thank-you note a great example:
First, my name is spelled correctly. Of course, I would expect that from my own mother. However, there are other ways to spell Heidi and others more familiar with another spelling may use that spelling. A small detail, but an important one.
Mom thanked me for something specific (which is my #1 tip!). In this case the thank you was indirect with “It was so nice”. Then she mentions the pizza and breadsticks.
Then she complimented the pizza. Some members of my family (including me) have been aiming to consume fewer carbohydrates making the thin crust an excellent choice. And she implies that she had a good time with “I think everyone had a good time…”
The sticker choice was perfect for me as I love cats! The envelope had a cat sticker on it as well, but I tore when opening it, so no picture of that. My sister Jennifer has a yellow Labrador retriever, so Mom likely uses dog stickers on notes to her.
Her closing of “Love” is appropriate as she and my dad love me. Love would not be appropriate for a co-worker, job interview thank-you, etc.
“Eating and family go together”
I love my mom’s final statement “Eating and family together” as my family enjoys eating together. Seeing the statement in write felt profound as we often eat together without giving it much though. For example, we have Sunday lunch at Mom and Dad’s home nearly every week.
My mom is an expert note writer. This type of statement is not found in most thank-you notes making it more meaningful when it happens.
There are many benefits of eating together according to this article. It focuses on families with kids still at home but “Eating together builds closer relationships within the family” can be applied to families at all stages of life. You may also want to check out this article on eating at home vs. eating out.
Have you received any thank-you notes lately? Did you think it was great? Why or why not? What can you learn from it to apply to your own thank-you note writing?
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