31 Thanksgiving Thank You Note Messages – Including Saying Thanks for Thanksgiving Dinner

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Most people celebrate by gathering together with friends and family and having a Thanksgiving Day meal (aka feast).

I celebrate with my family for lunch and then with my in-laws for dinner on Thanksgiving day. Other families may have their meal on Friday (if not shopping!), Saturday, or Sunday.

If you went to someone else’s home (even if it was your parents), I recommend sending the host a thank-you note to show your gratitude. They may have spent a good deal of time getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Saying Thank You for Thanksgiving Tips

  1. Remember, the best thank you note tip is to name something specific you appreciated in your note.
  2. Thanksgiving is an occasion worthy of a three or four-sentence thank-you note, but one sentence is better than not thanking them.
  3. If you will see them at Christmas or other December holidays, you can mention that you are looking forward to seeing them then.
  4. If you hated a dish, don’t mention that one. Pick a dish that you enjoyed to compliment. Or compliment the house in some way.

Thanksgiving Thank You Note Message Template

Here is a template note for saying thank you to the Thanksgiving host. 

Dear [Host Name],

Thank you for having me [use us if someone in your immediate family also went] over for Thanksgiving. [insert reason 1 for being thankful]. [insert reason 2 or a compliment]. I look forward to seeing you again in December.

Thanks Again!
[Your Name]

Thanksgiving Thank You Message Examples

Dear Mom,

Thank you for having us over for Thanksgiving and preparing all the food. My favorite dish was the corn casserole. We also enjoyed spending time with you and the family.


#1 We had a wonderful time at your house for Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for hosting again this year. Your mashed potatoes are the best! And my kids enjoy playing with their cousins.

#2 Thank you for including me in your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. I am happy to have friends to share holidays with when I cannot travel home. Your decorations were perfect for Thanksgiving, especially that unique orange-leaf print tablecloth. I had a lovely day.

#3 We are grateful that you and your family were able to host Thanksgiving this year. We will plan for Christmas at our house. Your house felt very cozy, and the deep-fried turkey was a treat! We appreciate all the effort to prepare your home and make all the food!

#4 Thanks for hosting Thanksgiving. We had a great time visiting with the family and playing Scrabble. The guys were also happy to watch some of the football games since we canceled cable at home.

#5 My family had an enjoyable Thanksgiving at your house. Bob appreciated that you kept your cat in your bedroom since he is allergic to cats. He made it through the day without needing a Benadryl. The pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin was the best pumpkin pie I have ever had!

Short Thank You Quotes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Here are some short thank you quotes to quickly say thank you for Thanksgiving dinner, perhaps in a text message. If you’d like, you can mail a handwritten thank you note later. 

  1. Thanks for Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious. 
  2. Your Thanksgiving dinner was the best! Thank you for including us. 
  3. Thank you for having us for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a wonderful time. 
  4. We feel blessed to have had Thanksgiving dinner with you. Thank you so much. 
  5. Thanksgiving dinner was amazing! Thank you so much for hosting.
  6. Thank you for the Thanksgiving meal. The homemade pumpkin pie was amazing.
  7. We enjoy spending Thanksgiving Day with your family. Thank you for inviting us. 
  8. Thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Sharing the day with your family was a delight. 
  9. You’re the best! Thank you for hosting Thanksgiving dinner.
  10. Thank you for hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. We appreciate you for having us.

Thank You Message for Thanksgiving Dinner Examples

Here are some ways to say thank you for Thanksgiving dinner. If your meal was for lunch, you can swap dinner with lunch in the samples.  If you’d like you can write a handwritten thank you note for thanksgiving dinner. That’s what I do.

#1 Thank you for inviting us to Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was excellent. The homemade dinner rolls and stuffing were my favorite. Your home is lovely, and we enjoyed visiting with our cousins. Thank you for hosting again this year.

#2 Thank you for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a great time visiting with your family. I am impressed that Buster is at the top of his class at college. He seems excited about his future after graduating. The food was great too! I loved your Brussels sprouts recipe.

#3 Wow, you are a good cook! Thank you for making us such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Also, Ted enjoyed hanging out with Jake and watching football games. Thank you for opening up your home to us!

#4 Thank you for including us in your family’s Thanksgiving day gathering. The turkey and all the side dishes made for an excellent dinner. The butter in the shape of a turkey was neat too! And as always, we enjoyed your home and the conversation.

#5 Thanks for the Thanksgiving dinner! I was super surprised when you offered to drop off a plate for me. After working all day, I figured I would miss out on a nice Thanksgiving meal. I appreciate you for remembering me.

#6 The deep-fried turkey was fantastic on Thanksgiving! The kids are still talking about it. Thank you again for hosting.

Thank You for Coming To Thanksgiving Dinner

These messages are for when the Thanksgiving host wants to thank those that came to the dinner. If the person brought a side dish, they can be thanked for that too. 

#1 Thank you for coming to Thanksgiving at my house and for bringing the corn casserole. It seemed everyone liked it, and it saved me some time in the kitchen. Your children are growing up so fast, and I treasure spending time with them at family gatherings.

#2 Thank you for bringing all the side dishes to Thanksgiving lunch. I am always impressed with your organizational skills, and the dishes were so tasty. I enjoyed spending the day visiting with you around the table, and I look forward to seeing you again on Christmas day!

#3 Thank you for coming to Thanksgiving dinner. We like it when your family comes over. The kids have great fun playing games with your kids. Also, thank you for helping me clean up the kitchen after the meal.

#4 Thanks for coming to Thanksgiving dinner last Saturday. The kids love spending time with you and think you are the best aunt ever. We were glad you could spend the day with us, and of course, thank you for bringing the corn casserole.

#5 We were delighted to spend Thanksgiving dinner with you. Thank you so much for coming and sharing the meal with us. Also, the corn casserole you brought was amazing. 

Thank You for Inviting Me or Us To Thanksgiving Dinner

These examples are for accepting or declining the invite before the dinner. If you’ve already attended the meal, you can use one of the examples above and modify it to include “thank you for inviting me.”

#1 Thank you for inviting me to Thanksgiving dinner. I am pleased to say that I will be there! Please let me know if I should bring a side dish. See you then!

#2 Thank you for the invitation to your Thanksgiving dinner. Since it’s on Saturday this year, we can make it! We are going to Bob’s family gathering on Thursday. We appreciate the invite.

#3 Thanks for inviting us to your Thanksgiving dinner. We are new in town and have no family here, so we appreciate being included. I am grateful that our family will be celebrating with our new friends. Please plan to see all four of us on Thursday at six.

#4 Unfortunately, we cannot attend your Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. We will be at Ted’s parents. You were very kind to think of us and invite us. I appreciate your friendship.

#5 We received your invitation for Thanksgiving dinner in the mail yesterday. I am sorry, but we will not be able to make it. Thank you for inviting us, though, as we do appreciate it being asked. It’s a busy time of year, but I hope we can see you in December.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! 

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Author: Heidi Bender

Title: Writer

Expertise: Thank You Notes


Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.