How do you thank a host?

Real Simple - - Your Words -

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

The In­sta­gram­mers who shared the pho­tos on these pages will re­ceive a copy of The Real Sim­ple Method to Or­ga­niz­ing Ev­ery Room: And How to Keep It That Way.Want to be con­sid­ered for this col­umn? Tag pho­tos on In­sta­gram with #RSLOVE.

#RSLOVE “SPENT ABOUT TWO HOURS MAK­ING THIS LATTICE, BUT SO HAPPY WITH THE RE­SULT!” @EVERY­THING.DESSERT

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