I have always loved receiving a hand written thank you note but today, more than ever, they are even more meaningful. I know it sounds cliche but it is so true!
I love writing them too but I often forget. Every year, one of my new years resolutions is to write at least one thank you note a day but I still haven’t had a year when I have done it!
This year, one of my motivators was my new monogrammed stationery. When I realized that the designers at Mrs. John L. Strong, one of the worlds most dignified stationers, could recreate the monogram that we often use on items in our home, I was thrilled!
If you have my book, Monograms for the Home: The Art of Making Your Mark, then you know the story of the monogram that was on the silver that was once my Mother-in-Laws. She gave it to Justin and me when we married and we treasure it! We copied the monogram on the silver, pictured above, and use it on all sorts of things. The napkins pictured below have the W embroidered on them. We use them often!
I love color so it was hard for me to choose my new papers! I love the double blue and red border we ended up with and I adore the matching blue tissue liner as well! Having beautiful and meaningful stationery inspires me to want to write notes of gratitude more often. Who doesn’t want to make a friend or new acquaintance smile by taking a moment to send a note on beautiful paper!
The most important thing to remember when writing a thank you note is that it doesn’t need to be complicated.
Many years ago the respected etiquette expert Colleen Richenbacker broke down this task that some people find daunting. She calls her simple steps the 3-3-3 of thank you notes!
- Always write and print clearly
- Always hand write addresses (no labels)
- Fill in notes are only appropriate if you are under age 6.
- Use a stamp (not metered postage)
I hope you found these tips helpful and will hop on over to Mrs. John L Strong and order yourself some new stationery today!