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Food. I love food as I enjoy eating. October 24 is National Food Day. In the last year, my diet has become much healthier as I’ve learned to cook and make most of our meals which includes hot breakfast almost every day!
Writing a thank you note for dinner is covered here. And there are several other posts about food: lunch with the boss, should you write a note for lunch?, Eat Out Often Enjoy Life, and food provided after surgery/hospital stays.
This post will focus on thanking those who make food for us on a regular basis. This could be someone living in your household such as your spouse or parent. Or visiting the home of a friend or family member on a regular basis for a meal. My family has a Sunday Lunch tradition at my mom’s and my sister likes to invite me over too.
Making homemade meals is time-consuming and then there is the cleanup time for washing dishes. Sometimes it can feel like a thankless job. I admit that I did not appreciate all the meals and time my mom spent making meals for me until I moved out and was responsible for my own meals.
A great way to thank the regular food maker is to give them a night off! Go out for dinner or take a turn making the meal and doing the cleanup. Even helping with the clean up is a blessing. I am always thankful when my husband does the dishes!
Saying “thank you” after the meal is nice. An occasional thank-you note is another thoughtful gesture.
Dear [Mom, Dad, or their name],
Thank you for providing wonderful homemade meals for the family. I know that sometimes they can take a while to make. Please know that I appreciate them as they provide energy and taste great! The shrimp dish you made last week was fantastic!
Dear [Their name],
I enjoy the weekly dinner at your house. It’s a joy to see your family and also gives me a break from figuring out dinner! I am aware of how much time cooking can take. I’d like to have you over to my house soon.
Dear [Their name],
I love the meals that you prepare! Perhaps, you can start teaching me and I can help out sometimes. I would love to be able to give you a break some nights. Can we start with something easy?[Your Name]
Dear [Spouse’s Name],
Thank you for taking the time to make our meals and have enough leftovers for me to take to work the next day. Your meals are so much better than the frozen single serve meals we used to rely on. I understand that all the cooking can be a lot of work and time. It’s worth it. You are amazing and I love you for caring enough to make healthy food for us.
Thank you for having me over for lunch each week. I enjoy your homemade meals and desserts. You make the best chicken chili! Next week, let’s go out for lunch on me!
Thank you for having the family over most Sundays for lunch. We enjoy them and I like keeping in touch with the family. And of course, the food is wonderful. I also appreciate that you’ve switched over to making your own bacon bits!
How do you thank the people in your life that make your meals?
Now that the holidays are coming to a close, it is time to sit down and write those all-important thank-you notes. Thanking people is our way of respecting them.
‘Fiona you excelled in every way. Your food was delicious and presented superbly. It was such a memorable occasion. You truly have an expert appreciation of great food and a wonderful empathy of responding to the requirements of your guests. It was a real joy to be on the receiving end of your enormous talent.
What a GREAT KIWI!! So proud of you! Huge huge THANK YOU, Nora H’
‘Well what can I say.... amazing, sublime food as before. You are a star, thank you so much. If I ever win the lottery I'm going to employ you full time!! Linda K’
The food was beyond compare
'I just wanted to say a sincere 'thank you' for making Saturday evening, and my birthday so very special. The food was beyond compare and your culinary expertise wowed a well-travelled and discerning crowd. Rachael was perfect as your front-of-house. I do hope we have the pleasure of meeting again. Paul'
Your hard work, talent and cheerfulness made our celebrations very special
'The food was superb and everything looked wonderful too. Your hard work, talent and cheerfulness made our celebrations very special and as you could hear everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Amanda and Doug'
'We just wanted to say what an excellent evening we had on Monday, you certainly did us proud and everyone was so impressed with the lovely food ... thank you. We will certainly book you again the next time we are down in Cornwall. Sheila and Sam'
'I just wanted to say a very special thank you for the superb meals that you cooked for us during our stay in Lower Cole. The Indian Banquet was perfect, and everyone enjoyed it so much.
Everything you cooked was delicious, and it was such a treat for us (and especially me!) not to have to cook anything over the week. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who stay in Cornwall in the future, and if we come back we will definitely ask you to cook for us again! Thanks so much! Sal and Pete'
Lovely little suprises
'Thank you for enhancing our Cornish holiday with your great food and lovely little surprises. We love your cooking style. Your recognisable flavours and modern twists had everyone discussing your food in detail! Shirley'
The most amazing evening
'It was lovely to meet you and Rachael on Saturday evening . I cannot thank you enough for the most amazing evening . The food was outstanding with such generous portions huge variety, everything was so delicious , one of our group said it’s the best meal she had ever had . Rachel was delightful to have there also , the whole experience could not have gone better . Thanks for making our evening perfect. All the best Dawn '
'Thanks so much Fiona! You made our holiday!! Everything you cooked was so delicious and it made the whole experience stress free! We will defo be in touch re 2018! Katie Xxx'
'Hi Fiona Thanks for a wonderful meal last night, my family were dazzled by the food and how well you and Rachael looked after us. We wanted to thank you both so much for orchestrating such a fantastic evening. Thanks, Ely'
Nothing short of spectacular
'The food was incredible!!! We loved the risotto and lasagne, but what blew us away were the puddings - the lemon meringue was the best we’ve ever had and the salted caramel brownies with the clotted cream were nothing short of spectacular. Heather'
Absolutely first class!
'Dear Fiona - Thanks very much for giving us such a terrific day yesterday. Genuinely, absolutely first class and you did it with such a great spirit and class' H.P
'Fiona - big thank to you and Rachel for a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and we are still very full! Everyone loved it.' Josh
'Fiona - Thank you for all the amazing dishes on NYE! We got a plan together with your super helpful instructions and everything was fabulous! Thank you!' Karen
You really are a star
'Fiona - Thanks a million for the truly fantastic cuisine provided to my family and I over the past days. The support you provided prior to the event to help us with menus, the local sourcing of top class ingredients, the attention to detail, not to mention the food that you produced were all superb. You really are a star.' Paul
Superb in all aspects
'Thank you Fiona! We have just returned home from our break in Dartmouth and are still raving about our meal to everyone we speak to! You were superb in all aspects. For me the meal was the highlight of our time away.'
Rachel & Joe
Attention to detail
'Your food was simply amazing, the presentation was exquisite and frankly you absolutely blew us away. Thank you so much for your attention to detail. ' Sue
It's the gift that keeps on giving!
'Just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you for giving mum and dad the most incredible dinner last night.They were both blown away by the quality of the food and mum couldn't believe that you did all the dishes too! Haha. Thank you for being so flexible with both menu and venue! You really did make the process a breeze! Honestly though thank you for giving them such an incredible gift. I know they had a great night and it sounds as though they'll have left overs for a while yet (it's the gift that keeps on giving!) ' Jess
'Thank you so much for the fabulous food yesterday evening - everyone was blown away by the quality and attention to detail which was exactly what I wanted from the evening. I'm sure that they will all remember it for quite a while...My personal favourites were the gorgeous lamb and the lemon posset but it was all lovely.' C Bestley
'...we wanted to express how much we enjoyed the meal which you provided for us on the 15th - it was truly delicious. All the family loved it too and were fulsome in their praise. So thank you very much indeed for your hard work in planning the menus and, of course, actually cooking and preparing the food! With the beautiful weather as a bonus, my birthday lunch was a great occasion.' F and J May
Can't thank you enough
'Just to say the food has all been fantastic and been so incredibly easy to prepare. We can't thank you enough for your help and making our stay that much easier. Thank you, Monica and Ed'
Still talking about it
'We both want to say a big thank you for help, support and most importantly lovely food. It was truly amazing food and everyone is still talking about it' Pete and Elise
'I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful meal on Friday. It was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented - Mum and Dad were absolutely delighted to have such a treat and it was the perfect end to the holiday for all of us. Each course was lovely and we could really taste the freshness of the ingredients. And thank you again for catering for our requirements, especially the various last minute changes!' - C Wotton
'I returned to some very happy boys and some mouthwatering leftovers! Thanks so much for throwing something so amazing together at such short notice. Pleasure to meet you and what a fantastic Thai cookery class experience you created. Thank you so much for the recipes. I am looking forward to the boys recreating these for us very soon! Best Regards and huge thanks X' - K Mallery
Utterly delicious food
'Fiona planned a wonderful menu. Her food was exquisite, beautifully presented and served with 5 star care and attention to detail. Most importantly, she is warm and delightful and when you put that together with utterly delicious food, I cannot recommend her highly enough' - J Dakin
'Fiona, thank you for preparing a wonderful dinner for us which we all enjoyed immensely and we look forward to tucking in to the goodies that you left in the fridge' - S Roberts
Great cookery skills
Whether Fiona is on centre stage at a food festival or in the centre of your busy kitchen you can be assured of her attention to detail and her great cookery skills to produce a range of high standard meals. ' - Gaye Woods Meudon Hotel
Best wedding food ever
'We’ve dragged ourselves back to London after a week of no phone/internet and a good deal of walking mixed with daily bits of clearing up a three pronged location wedding…! Thanks so much for your endeavours with the food, it went down an absolute storm! I regretfully only ate (2 portions!) of the delicious starter and a mouthful of the main/salads as I was a wash with nerves pre-speech. But everyone was and still is celebrating the best wedding food ever. On that note I’d love the recipes so I could attempt to re-create - all the fish, the hake in particular, was exceptionally well cooked.' - J Ahearne
Look no further
'Thank you Fiona for being part of my fiancée’s surprise birthday celebrations. The food was fantastic and left us with a very fond memory of Cornwall. It was supposed to be treat for the birthday girl but we all had a great meal and a great experience. I even shucked my first ever oyster! Would highly recommend Fiona to anyone looking for a private chef. Fiona was very flexible with venue, arrangements and designed a menu around fresh local ingredients. If you want to make an event extra special look no further.' J Law
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-forgotten fundamentals of writing a thank-you note.
Thank-you notes are not only good manners, but also good for your health! Yes, it’s true!
A study in Psychological Science showed that writing a thank you letter both improves the giver’s happiness and put the writer in more positive spirits. That’s the power of gratitude!
While many thank-you letter writers get concerned about the exact words they use, it turns out that the recipients were simply touched at the warmth and thoughtfulness of the letter itself.
So, starting writing thank-you notes—and write them more often! It comes at very little cost and benefits everyone.
A gift traditionally requires a thank-you note from the recipient, no matter what the occasion for the gift—a holiday, birthday, anniversary, religious event, award, or accomplishment.
Thank-you notes are also recommended when services have been performed (especially as a favor or for free), when hospitality has been provided, or in appreciation of generosity or thoughtfulness.
Immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes, and the less appreciative you will appear.
Traditionally, a blue or black ink pen on fine stationery, a blank card, or suitable notepaper.
Write a draft first. Before using your “good” paper, gather your thoughts and jot them on a piece of scrap paper.
Keep each note short—three or four sentences is fine. You can express your thanks just as sincerely as you can in several paragraphs.
Remember: Be authentic, be original, be sincere.
Once you are satisfied with your thank-you sentences, write them on the “good” paper.
Printing a thank-you note is acceptable, but cursive is a nice touch (as long as it’s legible).
You can—and should—say “thank you” to the giver when you receive a gift, but a proper appreciation should be expressed on paper and sent by mail.
You can express your thanks in those ways, but nothing beats a thank-you note written on paper and sent in an envelope.
Yes—but if you do not like a gift, do not reveal your displeasure in the note. Focus on your appreciation of the giver’s thoughtfulness, generosity, and good intentions. Remember the adage “It’s the thought that counts.” Keep an open mind: You may actually develop a fondness and appreciation for the item later.
If you send a thank-you note, you and the gesture will never be forgotten. If you do not, you will not be forgotten either, but not for the same reason nor with the same regard.
It’s a great idea to get children in the habit of writing their own thank-you notes by preschool age. If your child can’t write yet, transcribe the note for them and have them write (or scribble!) their name at the end. Recipients—whether grandparents, other family members, or friends—are guaranteed to be delighted!
It’s OK to go overboard with your appreciation and send a thank-you gift. Make your own gift jars with something edible inside or see other fun gifts you can make in the kitchen.
National Handwriting Day is January 23!
Do you have any tips for writing the best thank you cards? Do you still write thank-you notes? Let us know in the comments below!
Thank You Notes from Grateful Friend to Friend Recipients. “Words fail me but you didn't – thank you for all you've done. I wish I had the words to express my.
Saying thank you is a simple and often overlooked way to show someone how much they mean to you. The gesture is made even more special when you’ve taken the time to include a small gift and handwrite a nice message in order to express your gratitude.
We’ve shared some of our favorite ways to say thank you that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Did you just have a birthday, wedding or baby shower and want to thank your party guests for showering you with gifts? A thoughtful note is a great way to share your gratitude. Make the sentiment really special by telling them specifically how they’ve brightened your day. Don’t be afraid to have some fun or admit how excited you are to use their gift!
Start your letter with one of these sentiments:
Whether a friend, family member or stranger has gone out of their way for you, surprise them with a small gift to show that their kind deed didn’t go unnoticed! A candle or incense are both inexpensive options to add to your thank you note for a little something extra.
You can customize one of these for your situation:
They are your partner in crime and have your back no matter what. Let your bestie know how much they mean to you by putting together a gift basket that’s just for them. Customize it with their favorite drink, a gift card to that boutique they always talk about, or items like bubble bath, an eye mask and slippers for a relaxing night in. Play with silly puns or recount your favorite memory with them to show how much their friendship means to you.
Here are some other ways to let a friend know how great they are:
Do you have a spouse or significant other that is always surprising you with kind acts? Take the time to tell them how much you love them by baking a sweet treat or buying them their favorite dessert. Add a short note with three reasons why they are amazing and watch their smile light up the room.
Get inspired to tell your sweetie how much you love them with one of these kind thoughts:
There are a few different moments when it’s appropriate to take the time to tell your boss or colleagues how much you appreciate them and their work. Maybe you just finished a project that you know you couldn’t have done without a co-worker’s expertise or your manager just lent valuable advice. Say thank you by giving some savory snacks to the person that needs a mid-afternoon pick me up or a new coffee mug to the early riser.
Here are a few ideas for telling someone that you are grateful for their contributions:
The great thing about saying thank you, is that it just needs to be sincere to matter. For those times where a simple, heartfelt reminder of your gratitude is all that’s needed, these will do the trick:
If you really want to make someone’s day, include a gift basket or some tasty treats that you picked out just for them to enjoy. No matter how you say it or what gift you surprise someone with, they are sure to appreciate your gratitude.
Click here to download our free printables that will give you nine great ways to say thank you, like with a gift tag or coffee sleeve!
Thank You Notes for Funeral Food. Friends and neighbours often will bring comfort food to stock your fridge after the.