Never underestimate the meaning of a handwritten thank you note. I realize that in this day in time, people love the immediate reaction of an electronic thank you but there is something to be said about opening the mailbox and instead of getting all junk mail or bills, you see a handwritten note on nice stationery.
Buy fun stationery that represents your personality. If you are excited about the stationery you use, it will be easier to write the thank you. Also, your notes will create a personality all their own. Monograms are always a good bet.
If your notes are in response to a party in which you are the guest, make a list of the name, address and gift so that you won't forget anyone. If you are writing thank you notes after a wedding, remember to add the hosts of any party given in your honor, as well as your wedding party. It's also nice to send a quick thank you note to your wedding vendors. Finally, if you attend a party or dinner, think about sending a quick note to say thank you for the invite.
3. Specific Details
If you received a gift, mention how you plan to use the gift so they know it's appreciated. If you attended a dinner party, mention your favorite menu item or something in their house that you liked. This will let people know that you remembered the dinner.
Sincerely, regards and yours truly will work with those people that you don't know well. Best regards is for those letters that are a little more personal. And finally, warm regards and best wishes for those you have a connection with.
Try to send out the thank you notes as soon as possible. For parties and showers, it's a good rule of thumb to send them out in less than a month. For a wedding thank you, etiquette says you should send them out within three months. For a dinner party, try to send the thank you note out within the the week.
So, make it a date. Pull out the stationery, your favorite pen, a great Netflix movie and a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea and get to writing.