I find myself too often sending a quick “Thank You!” via text or email now days, but I LOVE a handwritten note any day of the week. Stationery is a great way to express your style! From paper texture to size or color, the possibilities are endless! I always have a few different styles on hand, which is easy to do when you’re creating so many fun things for people!
Sometimes thank you notes can seem daunting - especially when you have stacks to tackle after a shower or party. The first thing to do is just sit down and put your pen to paper! Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
Keep a Checklist.
Organization is always a life saver. When you receive multiple gifts due to a special life occasion, plan on keeping record. It’s beneficial to keep a notebook on hand to list the names of those that gave the gift, their address when available, the gift given and date received. If you’re SUPER organized, start yourself an excel spreadsheet. (and impress all your friends!)
Jot it down on scratch paper first.
It happens to the best of us, you’re writing a note on your beautiful stationery and all of the sudden you misspell a word or write the wrong color of gift. I find it best to start out by creating a draft on scrap paper. This spares your stationery from scratches and mistakes, and also helps your mind begin to get in the writing mode. It’s best to ‘start writing’ to get going. Even if you feel it’s silly or the content is not flowing, just write. You are sure to come up with some sentences that you can paste together.
What to Include.
Make each thank you card personal to the guest you’re writing it to. Specific details such as descriptive colors, sounds, inside jokes or feelings will give your note a fun personal flair. Mention how much you love the gift and how you can’t wait to use it. If it’s a cocktail shaker – say how you’re excited to make your fave cosmos at your next party. When writing a note to a friend, keep it in a chatty format as if you were speaking to them. I guarantee any and all kind words will be appreciated.
When to Send.
It’s important to keep in mind timing when you’re sending out your cards. Enjoy your honeymoon or a little breather after your party, but try to shoot for your guests receiving a thank you in the first three months after the event. I try to shoot for one, but hey, we’re all busy! Try to make it a priority - if someone took the time to do something nice for you, quickly and simply return the favor with a kind note. Try to tackle a few notes per day as to not get overwhelmed.
Whatever the reason, it’s always a good idea to end your note in a positive, uplifting way. Being positive is contagious, whether in person or in a written note.