10 Tips on How to Write Thank You Notes

18 May

april-thank-you-002Writing a proper thank you note is a must for all ages.  Learning how to do this at a young age will create lifelong habits.  But it’s never too late to learn!  Here are some tips to get you started.

It’s important to send a written thank you note card for gifts  received, such as a birthday gift, graduation gift, housewarming gift, from a bridal shower or a wedding.  But it’s also really nice to send a thank you note when someone does something very helpful for you, such as driving you to the airport or helping you by doing a carpool route for you. Also, sending a thank you note for business related situations is important too, such as after a job interview or after receiving a pay raise or when you receive a reference letter.

It’s always a good idea to have a box of thank you cards handy at home for such notes. When you are sending a number of thank you notes at the same time, such as after a wedding or bridal shower, it’s also very important to make it an organized effort. You will want to have a list of the gift-givers names and complete addresses and a list of the presents you received to make your note writing easier.

Have a supply of personalized thank you note cards that reflect your personality and are appropriate for the occasion.  You might need business stationery or fun personal stationery or more elegant wedding stationery, depending on the occasion.

To write a proper thank you note, here are some ideas to assist you:

1. Hand write the note as it’s much more personal, even if you don’t have the most beautiful handwriting.  Never type or print the notes.

2.  Stick with a formal greeting if you are not on a first name basis, such as “Dear Mr. Davidson”.  But if you are a personal friend or on a first name basis, you should start the message with the first name, such as “Dear Jamie”.

3.   Make the message personal.  In other words, try not to simply say “thank you for the gift”.  Mention something about the present that you liked and acknowledge that the gift is appreciated.

4.  When writing the note, use language that is heartfelt such as thoughtful, lovely, appreciated, cherished, adored, meaningful, enjoyed, considerate, grateful and valued.

5. Be very careful of your spelling and grammar when you write the note.  Look up spelling if you are unsure.

6.  Personal notes should end with a less formal closing such as “Love,” “With love,” or “Best wishes” and a business thank you should have a closing less personal such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards”.

7.  Carefully address the envelope in easy-to-read handwriting. Be sure to have a complete address including city, state and zip code.  Do not use a computerized sticker on the envelope.

8.  Be sure to use the proper amount of postage.  Square envelopes require additional postage.  Bring one note in the envelope to the post office if you want to be sure you are properly posting the envelopes.

9. Purchase a stamp that will match the occasion.  If your thank you notes are for wedding gifts, buy a stamp with a heart or the word love.  Check with the USPS for available options.   If you are sending thank you notes from holiday gifts, look for a holiday stamp for example.

10.  It’s best to send a thank you note as soon as possible.  Business thank you notes should be sent within 1-2 days when possible.  For social gifts, the time frame is much more lenient, however, try to send those notes out within 1-2 weeks, or on the outside, try to send personal thank you notes no later than 4 weeks.  Remember, it’s never too late to send a note after that time but acknowledge that you are belated in your thanks.

Happy thank you note writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

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The History of Tervis Tumblers

12 May

This week we wanted to introduce you to some fascinating history of Tervis Tumbler, a unique line of high quality drinkware.  If you’ve never tried a Tervis cup or waterbottle you have a treat in store if you decide to try one.may-tervis

Tervis Tumblers don’t break, they can be washed in the dishwasher, they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, they are guaranteed for life and, as I’m sure you can tell, they are very unique. They can even be personalized to your specifications!

Back in 1946, in Detroit, engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big. They harnessed the natural insulating powers of air to create the first permanently sealed double-walled tumbler.  To this day, this original concept continues to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, not to mention being virtually indestructible.  The two men combined the last three letters of each of their last names and dubbed their new drink ware brand “Tervis”.

Over future years, Cotter and Davis worked to refine and improve their designs.  The original tall, cylindrical tumbler evolved into additional sizes and products.  Tervis tumbler’s name is a leader in innovation.  The Donelly family purchased the Tervis product rights in the 1950’s and incorporated the Tervis Tumbler Company in 1967.

Today there is a wide selection of shapes, sizes, and hundreds of customizable designs, emblems and accessory combinations.  They are all made in the USA, in North Venice, Florida, where more than 400 people are employed through the family owned & operated business.

Enjoy your own Tervis tumbler, mug or water bottle!  They are great to use and make a wonderful gift for birthdays, housewarming, teacher gifts and more.  They make an excellent graduation gift, especially the water bottles with Collegiate Tervis featuring college logos and personalization!  This summer, enjoy your own Tervis Tumbler, perfect for the season as they do not break.

Best wishes,

Renee

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Ideas for Planning a First Communion Party

5 May

firstcommunionOver the weekend, we celebrated my twin daughters first communion.  My son also happened to make his confirmation so we had an opportunity to celebrate two big events at once!  We hosted a party for family and close friends and I really enjoyed working on all the fun little touches to make the day special.  I was inspired a lot by Pinterest and the great ideas you can find on there.  I wanted to share some of my ideas for those of you planning a first communion or confirmation party.  A lot of these ideas could be used for a bridal shower, a baby shower, graduation, birthday party … you get the idea.

banner

To set the tone, I made this DIY banner to hang on my fireplace.  I bought a pack of chalkboard banners and used a stencil.  I used something called a permanent chalkboard marker to fill in the letters.  I thought it added a very “Pinterest” looking accent!

flowers

I love flowers and found these galvanized tins with tulips in them at my local hardware store.  I simply added some Spanish Moss and put them at each table for dinner.  You can give them to Godparents to take home, too!

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I used this gorgeous First Communion Invitation from The Stationery Studio.  I loved the fresh, Spring look of the invite!  I also used these first communion napkins for appetizers, dessert and the drink station.  I must have heard “Wow, these napkins are great!” at least 5 times that evening.

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Now these handpainted chalices are something my daughters did with their first communion class.  But I thought they would be a great idea for any child making their first communion to do with their family by visiting your local clay painting store.  They make wonderful decorations during the party and are a great keepsake from their special day.

cookies

I love giving away favors at the end of a party!  These custom cookies were made at a local bakery.  Everyone got to take home one after the party.  You can always add personalized gift tags to make them even more special!

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And the best part of the day?  Being able to celebrate with their Great Grandpa who will be 90 this year!

If you have some great party ideas, feel free to share them in the comments.  I love to hear new ideas or if you plan to use some of the ones I shared from my party.

xoxo,

Jennifer

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