I send a handwritten thank-you note.
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