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I send a hand­writ­ten thank-you note.

Real Simple - - Contents - MARY ANN HIGGS, HAY­WARD, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

And if they in­vited my dogs to at­tend, say, a back­yard bar­be­cue, I use a thank-you note with my dogs’ photo on it and sign the dogs’ names.

I love bring­ing a con­tainer of frozen cookie dough as a gift. It’s so easy to pop home­made cook­ies into the oven one (or six) at a time, and

I’ve found that it’s a clas­sic treat ev­ery­one can get be­hind.

KATE FARMER, WASH­ING­TON, D.C.

Thank them by clean­ing up af­ter your­self or help­ing in gen­eral with the event, obey­ing the rules of their home, and be­ing kind, at­ten­tive, and re­spect­ful to their chil­dren and pets (as well as to the other guests).

ERIN EL­LIS, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

I usu­ally bring some­thing for them to have for break­fast the fol­low­ing morn­ing: muffins, cof­fee cake, or gra­nola and a pound of my fa­vorite cof­fee. I know my­self— af­ter en­ter­tain­ing for an evening, I likely do not have any­thing on hand for an easy break­fast the next day.

EL­IZ­A­BETH CAR­ROLL SUTLIFF, LAKEWOOD, OHIO

I send a bou­quet of flow­ers be­fore the event or visit. That way I get to en­joy it too!

MARY M. PETERSEN, LAS VE­GAS

I give a mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion. Many say the printed word is dead, but I dis­agree and still en­joy the monthly ar­rival of sev­eral mag­a­zines to my home. De­pend­ing on the host, I’ve gifted chil­dren’s, spe­cial in­ter­est, or gen­eral in­ter­est mag­a­zines. I’ve been told they are a reg­u­lar re­minder of our friend­ship and mem­o­ries.

RACHEL WATKINS, ELKTON, MARY­LAND

Def­i­nitely pay for at least one meal out at a place of their choos­ing while there.

#RSLOVE “LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO THE WEEK­END AND SOME OUT­DOOR AC­TIV­I­TIES.” @THECLEVERBLONDE Ar­rive on time—no ex­cuses. Help if it’s ap­pro­pri­ate. Don’t stay too late.JANET WIL­SON ED­WARDS, LYONS, COLORADO

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