Response to hostess gifts



What is the proper response when you give a party and receive hostess gifts? Should a person send thank-you notes in return for the gifts? I held a brunch at my home for some fellow historical society volunteers and received some thoughtful hostess gifts. What should I do about saying thank-you for the gifts (which were actually a thank-you to me for hostessing the get together in the first place). Should I send a card to each gift giver?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Of course, this could turn into a cycle of thanks that never stops!! That might not be a bad thing, but it can be time consuming. My suggestion to you is to call each person for a short chat and mention your thanks for the thoughtful hostess gift. As a rule, hostess gifts are acknowledged at the time they are received and/or as guests are leaving. But it is always courteous to mention the gift again when in a future conversation with the gift giver.

Best of Luck,

Ms Practical Etiquette

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