Thank-You Notes for Dinner and Hospitality (Food, Friends, Catering, AirBNB)

What to Say in a Thank You Note for Dinner

We'd love to have you over for dinner and then wait impatiently for you to leave.

Here are thank you note message examples for hospitality shown by an AirBNB host, by friends who had you over for dinner, and for kindness shown to you while visiting your friends or a host.

Quick Starters:

  • It was so great to see you! Thanks for hosting an amazing meal, we had a blast with you two. Next time is our treat — how about [on this date]?
  • Thank you for organizing yet another memorable (for all the right reasons) evening.
  • Thank you for the unexpected yet much-appreciated snacks! What a gracious host!

What’s Hospitality Got to Do With It?

What do we consider hospitality? Let’s define hospitality as the welcoming and kind treatment you received from a friend or family member while at their house. Let’s extend that definition to include hospitality shown by an AirBNB host, as home-sharing grows in popularity.

If you crashed at a friend’s home while visiting them in another country, or an old acquaintance invited you over to watch the 7th game of the World Series and fed you the equivalent of a three-course meal over the span of eight hours, that’s hospitality.

So When and How Do You Say Thanks?

Popular etiquette recommends that you bring some wine or a pack of beer as a thanks-for-hosting courtesy. Also, a thank you note after your stay is always appreciated and you will be dearly remembered (and invited back) for doing so.

Sample Thank You Note Wording Thanking Hosts for Dinner

Dear Fred and Barb,

happy thanksgiving! may your turkey be moist and may no one use that word to describe it.

Thank you so much for including us in your festivities last Friday evening. Your lavish decorations and Bollywood music made the occasion so authentic that it was about as close to a weekend in Delhi as we could hope for! We enjoyed so much the food and the opportunity to meet new friends, many of whom by the end of the evening we felt as though we’d known a lifetime.

I’ll be looking forward to having you as my guests before too long.


Kim and Jane

Thanks For Hospitality While Visiting

Dear Dorothy and Linds,

your gracious hospitality perfectly suits my willingness to mooch.

We appreciate so much your hospitality last week in showing us around the city and taking us to dinner. Even with my travel schedule, I believe the prawn tempura at King’s is the best I’ve ever eaten. Their address now appears in my little black travel book.

You were so kind to meet us at the airport –- no whimsical feat with the unpredictable schedules airlines fly these days. From finding a place for Ruthann to buy her medication to driving us to watch the sunrise on the beach, you were such gracious hosts.

We hope to plan an equally interesting agenda for you when you give us the pleasure of returning the hospitality.


Jack and Ruthann

Thank You Message to AirBNB Hosts for Their Hospitality

Dear Host,

thanks for extending your hospitality to someone far too cheap to pay for a motel room.

We very much enjoyed our stay last week, thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us on short notice. This was our first AirBNB booking experience, and what a great introduction this was to a new way of experiencing new places! Your hospitality and generosity were much appreciated, and we cannot thank you enough for your recommendations for where to go and what to eat and what to do — we felt like real locals. We will definitely consider staying at your home again if the timing works out next year!


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