When your friend or family have you or your family over, you might want to thank the host.
The examples below are sample messages that you could put into a thank-you note or email (there are other ways to express your gratitude).
A few years ago, when I was new at a church, a nice couple had me over to their house for dinner. And then we played some games. It was an easy way to get to know them, and I appreciated being invited over. Afterward, I mailed then a handwritten thank-you note.
If you want to thank a person that visited you, read the “thank you for visiting” article.
- Be specific. What are you thankful for? The more personal you can make it, the better.
- But even a one-line thank you is better than not saying thank you at all if you are struggling with the wording.
- The example messages are meant for inspiration. Customize as needed, and fill in [words in brackets] with what makes sense for your note.
- You can see the complete layout of a thank you note, including the opening and closing, by clicking here.
- The examples are split into having us and having me over. You can use the examples from either section and adjust as needed.
- [Words in brackets] should be replaced as needed for your note or letter.
Thanks for having us over examples
#1 Thank you for having us over for the dinner party. We had a great time visiting with you and meeting the others. I hope we can do it again sometime soon. Your lasagna is the best!
#2 Thanks for having us over. The kids had fun swimming in the pool, and we enjoyed catching up with you. We help all goes well with your interview next week! When you get the next job, we will celebrate with you.
#3 Spending time at your vacation home last weekend was a delight. We appreciate your kindness and hospitality and opening your home. Thank you for inviting us! The views for your deck overlooking the valley are amazing. And we had watched a perfect sunset.
#4 Your place is beautiful! Thank you for having us over as your guest. We want to say thank you for the food, memories, and overall great time hanging out together that weekend.
#5 Our stay at your home last weekend was fun. Opening your home to us was generous. We also enjoyed meeting some of the people from your [church] community. The [church] party was fun, and I’m glad that you invited us to come with you. We are talking about joining your [church] as we learned a lot during our visit. Thank you for inviting us to check it out. We may send you some follow-up questions via email.
#6 Thanks for having us over for the fun and games in your backyard. We heard that your place was the best for summer outdoor activities. Our expectations were greatly exceeded! The kids also enjoyed the visit and didn’t stop talking about the [really fun thing they did].
#7 Thanks for your hospitality when we stayed with you a couple of weeks ago. The list of activities that we enjoyed is long. Also, taking us along to your friend’s house party was a nice treat. The people there were all nice to meet. We told each other that your family lives in an excellent community.
#8 You and [Bob] are wonderful hosts. We felt so comfortable at your house. Your amazing hospitality is something to talk about, and we’d happily be your guest anytime! We both want to say thank you for having us for the dinner party. Thanks for having us.
#9 Your new place is amazing! Thanks for having us over to see it. We also enjoyed visiting with you and catching up. I like hearing about [what they shared that you liked].
#10 Thank you for your hospitality when you had us over. We had an enjoyable stay and a fun time playing board games with your family. It was our pleasure to win all the games! Just kidding. The conversation while we played was meaningful.
#11 Thank you for having us over for your backyard BBQ party. We had a great time visiting with you and the other families. And the games were fun for the kids. I hope we can make this an annual tradition!
Thanks for having me over examples
#1 Thank you for having me over to your house for dinner. A homemade meal that I didn’t have to make myself was a nice treat. The tacos were amazing, and the fried ice cream was delicious. I want to extend an invitation for you to visit my house next month.
#2 Thanks for having me over after the [event]. It was so much fun going with your family. I very much appreciated being able to stay the night. All the food you made for brunch was delicious, especially the blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup.
#3 I want to thank you for your generosity and hospitality. Your kindness in keeping me company last Wednesday is much appreciated as I was having a hard day. Spending the evening with you cheered me up! And thank you for your advice regarding my current situation. [You could get much more specific and write a longer letter, about the advice, etc.].
#4 Thank you for dinner last night and for having me over. I appreciate the time we spend together a lot. You’re a wonderful friend and cook. I feel like I’m part of your family whenever I visit your home. And your kids ask me the best questions! I enjoy having conversations with them too.
#5 Thanks for having me over after listening to the speaker at [local place]. I liked being able to discuss everything with you and getting your perspective. The additional information you had about [topic] was interesting too. My appreciation for you is great, as you are someone that I look up to. Thanks again for the invitation to the event.
#6 Thank you for having me over for your party last weekend. You are great friends, and I had a lot of fun meeting your other friends. I loved trying the appetizers that everyone brought. It made for an interesting menu.
#7 Thank you for having me over. I really need the company. Thanks for looking out for me and listening to me talk about [whatever was weighing on your heart]. Your generosity with your time is very much appreciated.
#8 I feel like part of the family whenever you have me over. Thanks for letting me stay the weekend again. I enjoyed all the places we visited and the event at your [church]. I write this letter to say thank you! You have the best hospitality, and I feel like it’s a little vacation whenever I can come to your home.
#9 I want to say thank you for having me over to stay last weekend. You have been a great friend during this difficult time in my life. I felt right at home and cozy in the bedroom you set up for me. I was able to relax, meditate, and have some peace and quiet. Thank you again for your hospitality.
#10 I had a wonderful time at your place yesterday. The sunset view on your balcony was the icing on the cake. The memories of every fun thing we did will last a lifetime. My favorite was [talk about your favorite even to of the weekend].
#11 I had fun at your house last weekend. Thank you for inviting me to come over. I want to say thank you for your wonderful hospitality. I felt like I was on vacation with you preparing all the meals. The pork chops were the best I’ve ever had. I felt completely rejuvenated and ready to face the workweek.
#12 Thank you for the invitation to visit you at your home. It was just the pick me up that I needed. I love all your cats! They were so much fun to pet and play with. You’re the best cat lady!