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Show Appreciation and Thanks For A Lovely Dinner

Is there anything more gratifying than being invited to someone’s home for a delicious home cooked meal?  And, is there anything more polite than expressing your gratitude  for their hospitality afterwards?

In most cultures, thanking your host is common etiquette!

But what’s the right way to say thank you for dinner? 

The best way to say thanks for a meal is with an awesome handwritten note or card. Contrary to some opinion, sending a note to say “Thank You for Dinner” has never gone out of style, and is the perfect way to convey your feelings. Besides, it’s just good manners. 

For your family or friends, receiving a note of thanks will really put a bright light on their day. They invited you for a nice meal and some splendid conversation, and getting a card or note from you will make their day.  Make sure you always have a thank you card available to send.  

guests sitting at a dinner party

Another great way to express gratitude is through a thoughtful text message or email. In fact, some people prefer this method because they don’t want their friends or family members to feel obligated to write back immediately, so they can take as much time as they need before responding.

This article will explore some different ways you can show your appreciation after someone has invited you over for dinner by providing helpful tips and suggestions on how to properly follow up after such an event occurs.  

Tips For Writing A Thank You Card For

When sending a thank you note after a dinner, there are many details that must be taken into consideration. Writing thank you cards for dinner parties is not as simple as it may seem.

Writing thank you notes takes time and consideration, which is why people often prefer to send thank you emails instead (because of the convenience).

Here are some things to think about when writing your note.

  1. Thank them for the invitation to their wonderful dinner. 
  2. Mention that you had a great time.
  3. Make sure to mention how much you enjoyed the food. Be specific. 
  4. Ask after everyone at the dinner party to let them know that you enjoyed meeting new people or spending time with old friends.
  5. Be specific about what you enjoyed, i.e., thank them for cooking your favorite meal.
  6. Let them know how much you appreciate their hospitality and generosity.
  7. Mention looking forward to doing it again, maybe at your place.
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How To Say Thank You For Dinner

  • Just wanted to thank you for inviting me to that amazing dinner. It was an amazing night and the sushi terrific! Thanks so much. Next time at our place.
  • Just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful evening last night!  The wine was sooooo good! I liked it a little too much;) The company was fantastic, you have a beautiful family.  You are a true host!  
  • We had such much fun with you last night! Thank you for inviting me to the get together. The meal was so fantastic my kids are begging me to get the recipe, everything looked like it was made by a professional chef. I still can’t believe YOU made that.  
  • We just wanted thank you for the meal the other night. You two can really cook! The fondue was amazing and we really enjoyed visiting and catching up.  We always enjoy your company.  We love your family so much!  We’re looking forward to next time at our place!
  • We enjoyed spending time with you at the get together the other evening.  Now I know how much you love to play party games, we’ll have to have you over to our house next time.

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  • WOW that was fun! Your friends are so nice! We had a great time and dinner was awesome! Thank you for inviting us.  All the best.
  • What a great evening! You really know how to set an atmosphere. The dinner was so good. And that game was such a riot. I am still laughing at some of the answers. Can’t wait to do it again. 
  • It was so nice to see you on Sunday. Thank you so much for the nice dinner. The kids had a blast and they LOVE your dog!
  • It was so nice to visit with you and catch up. We do so wish we could do it more often.  Hopefully, we can get together again soon. Thank You for the meal!
  • Just wanted to thank you again for last night. We had an absolute blast with you guys. We don’t remember having a more fun night. What more could we ask for?
  • We were just talking about the awesome evening we had with you! It was very  kind of you to invite us to dinner. Dinner was absolutely wonderful and it was so enjoyable getting to know you. Thank you again for your kind hospitality.

When writing a thank-you if you've had lunch with someone downtown, send an e-mail. If somebody is giving you a dinner party in his or her home and all the work that takes, that person deserves a written thank-you.

Notes To Say Thank You For Inviting Me

  • Thank you for inviting me to your home last night. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone.  We appreciate the invitation so much.  
  • Thank you so much for having us over last night. We really enjoyed the delicious meal and catching up with all of our friends!
  • Hi, thank you so much for inviting me to your home last night. I had such a great time catching up at dinner and can’t wait to do it again soon!   
  • Thank you again for such a great dinner last night! Everything was delicious and you guys really out did yourselves. It was an unforgettable night!
  • I had a great time last night. Everyone seemed very nice and dinner was delicious! Thank you for inviting me into your home. I would love to do it again sometime!

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  • I had such a great time last night thank you for dinner in an awesome way, thank you for inviting me into your home. Everyone was so nice and the company was first class! BTW, where did you get the invitation you sent us, I need something similar?  
  • Thank you again for having us over last night, thank you for dinner in an awesome way. It was such a fun night and I really enjoyed meeting everyone. The food was great! Let’s do it again soon.
  • Hi, thank you for dinner last night. It was delicious and it was fun getting to know everyone! Let’s do it again sometime!
  • I had such a great time thank you for dinner in an awesome way thank you for inviting me over and thank you for the food it was delicious!
  • I had such a great time at supper last night.  Thank you for hosting me and cooking such an intimate supper.  I appreciate you so much friend.  
  • Hi, thank you so much for having us last night. It was amazing to catch up with everyone and we had a lot of fun too.

Thank You Note For Attending a Dinner Party

  • Thanks so much for inviting us to your holiday party. It was really something! You really set up the holiday season. Thanks for the invite.
  • I’d like to say thank you to my friends for last night.  It was so great catching up with all of you and enjoying some great food, it was a lovely dinner.  I really appreciate it dear!  Let’s have the next get together at my place.
  • I just wanted to say a quick thanks for arranging my birthday dinner. It was a wonderful night and I felt very special by your efforts.  We are truly blessed to have such kind friends. I look forward to many fun times together.  Thanks again for everything. 
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  • Thank you for inviting us to your lovely party. It was a blast meeting everyone and getting to know the community. I’m in awe of the delicious food you served.I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I hope we’ll see you more in the new year.
  • I never knew you two had such a gift for party-throwing. We had the most wonderful time last night. All the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was truly electric, aided of course by some BONZO drinks! It was so fun to see all the neighbors and we even met some new ones.

    Thanks so much for creating a lovely evening for the whole crowd.  Everyone will be talking about it for a good while!  

What To Write in a Thank You Note For Dinner

Writing a thank you note to someone for a nice evening is a good way to show them that their work was appreciated. Receiving a dinner thank you note makes them feel like you really enjoyed the evening, and would like to do it again sometime. 

  • It is so nice to spend the warm evenings outside. The weather for your summer party couldn’t have been better. Your beautiful backyard is tailor-made for entertaining. And your decorations added just the right touch. Everything was just perfect!  I just wanted to say thank you again.  

  • We had such a wonderful evening at your house yesterday Thank you so much for hosting the evening. The food you cooked was delicious! My husband keeps asking me to re-create that dish. You two have set the bar very high for future events! Thank you again. It was a night to remember!  Next time we are hosting!

  • What a wonderful evening! We enjoyed getting the chance to spend time with everyone. With our busy lives, it becomes too easy to let time slip by without visiting. But you reminded us how important it is to get together. Your home is beautiful, and your hospitality is beyond amazing!

    With love and kisses,

dinner party table and guests
  • My wife and I had a splendid evening at your backyard dinner party! It was such a welcoming environment. You really know how to throw a great event. Thanks so much for having us over to join the fun!  I truly appreciated the invite.  Let’s get together next week with the kids.

  • Thank you so much for dropping in (with pizzas) last night. We have been so busy moving that we have hardly looked up. Your generous thought really put a nice end to a hard week. You are truly good friends.  Love you friend.

Thank You Message To Host After Dinner

  • Yesterday’s meeting was extremely helpful. We got a ton of work done. You were so incredibly thoughtful to bring take out food with you. Thank you so much! Next week it’ll be our turn with pizza.  

  • The backyard pool and Bar B Que party was a huge success!!! Thank you so much for the use of your backyard and swimming pool. All of the children had a wonderful time and have not stopped talking about it.

Thank you for dinner in pink
  • What a gorgeous evening in the great outdoors! We had a really nice evening at your festive backyard BBQ. Thank you  for inviting us to spend the evening with you. We greatly enjoyed the friends, great conversation, and the delicious wine.  You two are wonderful hosts!  You know how much we love spending time with you both, we need to do this more often.  
  • Thank you so much for opening your house and hosting the team get together. The kids loved the bar-b-q and all of the games. We really enjoyed spending time with you and the rest of the parents. This was truly a special event thanks to you.

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Dinner Party Thank You Examples

  • Thanks so much for inviting us to your house party it was a real blast! We had tons of fun and the food was excellent. You have been such a good friend and we love coming over to your place.
  • Thanks again for the invite to your Thanksgiving party, it was a great success! Everyone thought everything tasted amazing and they are still talking about how good all the food was. It really couldn’t have gone better, so thank you for that. I hope everyone had as much fun as we did. 
  • Thanks thank thank thank thank thank thank thank thank you for such a great party! You outdid yourself, as always. I had such a nice time and am still thinking about those lamb shanks 🙂 
  • Thank you for inviting me to your house party last night. It was amazing!
  • Thank for the intimate supper invite.  Everyone had such a great time! It was so fun catching up with everyone and seeing everyone again, because it’s been so long since we’ve all hung out.
group of friends thanking host for wonderful dinner
  • I can’t thank you enough for inviting me to your house party it was so much fun.
  • Thank you so much for inviting me to your house party it was a real blast. I had such a good time with everyone.
  • Wow, what an amazing dinner party last night. Thank you again for doing this! Ever since college, this is the first time we’ve all gotten together and thank you for dinner in an awesome way. It was such a blast. 
  • The food after the party has been fantastic – I can’t stop eating it!
  • Thank you again for having me over to your place last night, the food was amazing and thank you for dinner. The food and company were absolutely great
  • Thank you for letting me crash your intimate gathering, it was a lot of fun! I always love spending time with you and your family.  
  • Thanks again for the invite to your house party, it really was a great time! Everyone had such a good time and thought the food was delicious, thank you!

Thank You For Dinner Quotes

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

I consider a good dinner party at our house to be where people drink and eat more than they're meant to. My husband is a really fantastic cook. His mother is Italian and if you walk into our house, we assume you're starving.

I'd rather dig a ditch than go to a dinner party with people I don't know.

There should be no rules at your party except for people to eat a lot and enjoy a long night where they feel like they could fall asleep at the dinner table at the end.

I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that's what gets a party off to a fun start.

When writing a thank-you if you've had lunch with someone downtown, send an e-mail. If somebody is giving you a dinner party in his or her home and all the work that takes, that person deserves a written thank-you.

I've never been to a party where everyone at the dinner table didn't say something funny.

I remember when I was younger, older folks would say to me, 'There are three things you don't talk about at a dinner party: religion, politics, and money.' But I think the truth is quite the opposite.

I love to have a party. I love to have people over. I like the feeling it creates in my home - having guests laughing and telling their stories - and I put a lot of thought into it. I plan my menu kind of depending on whatever mood I'm in.