How do you thank a host?
With a proper, old-fashioned handwritten thank-you note, of course!
SHARON RAPOSA, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
I find that many of my friends do not make prints of the photos they take, so I take photos during an event they host. I choose one depicting a memorable moment, have it made into a print, and send it framed or unframed.
JUDI MOHR, CRYSTAL, MINNESOTA
Many of my friends are single women. My way of saying thank you for a weekend visit is offering to help with a project around the house that may require an extra pair of hands—maybe moving the fridge so they can clean behind it or taking drapes down for cleaning. These tasks can be done the day before leaving.
TAMMY BEVINS, FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA
I call and let them know what a good time I had. I like to mention how good the food was or tell them I noticed something in particular. I know a lot of work goes into preparing an event, so I try to give confirmation that the hard work was noticed.
OLIVIA DALESSIO, PARKESBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
Guests at our Maine lake house last summer sent a wireless speaker so we could listen to music outside. Much better than blaring the TV sound bar and opening all the windows! Invite them to be your guest at some time within the next year, if not sooner.
ELLEN TIDD, TUCSON, ARIZONA
If you have spent the night or a weekend in someone’s home, clean the bathroom before you leave.
JUDY THORPE, PLAINSBORO, NEW JERSEY
I bake something special and put it on a pretty flea market plate, or I bring some homemade ice cream. It may not get the party started, but it’s a nice way to end it.
HELENE M. GLAZER, NEWTOWN SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA
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