Write a thank you?

pink_overallsMay 5, 2008

The building where I work is in the historic district. Some neighborhood homeowners organized a garden tour of six local homes. They sent invitations to buildings that belong to the historic society, so an invitation came to my office. It requested advance payment of $5. I sent in $10 for a friend and myself. We went to the informal, self-guided tour of gardens, then enjoyed a one-hour garden party on the lawn of one home. There were a few people in attendance we knew (it's a small town). A variety of pretty tea sandwiches, small sweets, lemonade and tea were served, and it was all quite lovely, with recorded music, a hired server, white tablecloths on a small canopied buffet table, etc. We thanked the host and hostess, people we had not known, and admired their gardens. Should we send thank you notes for an event like this?

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carla35

I don't think a thank you note is warranted. There are house tours in my area all the time and although I've never gone to one, I'm just not seeing sending a thank you.

Then again, you can never really go wrong with a thank you. I'm just not sure who your thank you should be directed to -- the home owners, the historical society, the person who organized the event-- all of them?

I'm interested to see what others have to say...

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 9:31AM
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colleenoz

As you paid to attend, I don't think a formal thankyou note is required. You don't send thankyous to the cinema, concert hall, bowling alley, etc, after all.
The people who should be writing the thankyou notes are the tour organisers, who were graciously allowed to use the historic homes for a fundraising event.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 11:17AM
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chase_gw

A thank you card is not required given you paid to attend. I'm sure the lovely tea was financed by the fee and therefore it is not necessary to thank anyone.

However, I see no problem with writing a little note to say how much you enjoyed their gardens and how nice it was of them to open them for you to enjoy. It's a lot of work to get a garden tour ready...a lot!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:15PM
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ilovepink

Not required. One would be appreciated I am certain if you wanted to send. Just to know that someone enjoyed the hard work that the hosts did. I'm sure dealing with tours are not easy.

But, again not required!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 12:40PM
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gellchom

Same here: not required, but a lovely thing to do, and the recipients will be delighted, especially if you comment on something you noticed in their homes.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 3:47PM
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